Cain, Chacin pace Brewers past Cubs 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried almost every move in the book, but it wasn't enough to prevent a second consecutive shutout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to pace the Brewers past Chicago, 1-0 on Wednesday, even as Maddon used two pitchers and a catcher in left field in the eighth inning.

The Brewers improved to 3-8 this season against the Cubs and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Chicago in the NL Central. Seven of the 11 games between the two have been shutouts, five by Chicago.

''We're a good baseball team and we know they're a good baseball team,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''This series wasn't going to decide anything, but we know that that's a team that's going to be there in the end, so wins against them are important.''

Chacin (6-1) allowed four hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking four to win his sixth consecutive decision. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the seventh, Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth and Cory Knebel worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

''Their guy was really good at keeping us off-balance,'' Maddon said. ''He is not overpowering by any means but he pitches well. Sometimes that gives us a lot of trouble when a guy can pitch like that. We had a couple opportunities. We didn't square him up at all really.''

Mike Montgomery (2-2) allowed only two hits in six innings, both by Cain. He struck out four and walked one in his fourth start since replacing injured Yu Darvish in the rotation.

Cain drove a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left with one out in the third for his eighth homer. He also opened the first inning with a single.

''It was the only run today, but it ended up winning us a ballgame,'' Cain said. ''That just shows how great of a job the pitching has been doing. We've definitely got to get going and score some more runs. We're definitely putting too much pressure on our pitchers as a whole.''

To open the eighth, Maddon brought in right-hander Steve Cishek, who gave up an infield single to Orlando Arcia. Cishek then moved to left field for the first time in his eight-year career as left-hander Brian Duensing came on and struck out pinch-hitter Eric Thames.

Duensing then moved to left, also for the first time in his career, and Cishek returned to the mound to retire Cain on a fielder's choice. Duensing came back to pitch with left field being turned over to catcher Willson Contreras, who made a running catch on Christian Yelich's drive into the corner for the third out.

''It just popped,'' Maddon said. ''(Kyle) Schwarber making the last out, the pitcher coming up third. And the way their batting order set up, it just played out perfectly. You can't always do it but it worked out today.''

The Cubs won Monday's series opener 7-2 with five runs in the 11th, but managed just two hits in Tuesday's 4-0 loss.

''We played well the first game but we only got two runs up to the 11th inning of that game and then shutout-shutout,'' Maddon said. ''We almost should be grateful we won one out of three.''

The Brewers stranded runners at third in each of the first two innings. In the second, rightfielder Jason Heyward prevented a run, charging in for a sensational sliding grab on Erik Kratz's one-out sinking liner and then recovering quickly to hold Hernan Perez at third.

MADDON'S MANEUVERING

Duensing, who said he last played left field in high school in 2001, was apprehensive when Cain came to the plate in the eighth. ''I was praying he would stay away from Lorenzo Cain,'' Duensing said of Cishek. ''It looked like he was trying to hook one (to left) and I was not appreciative of that. Cishek got the job done so were able to get through there and give our team a chance.''

Maybe because it didn't affect the outcome, Counsell admired Maddon's ingenuity. ''It was creative. It was smart. They got matchups they wanted. He did a nice job.''

BRYANT RESTED

With a day off on Thursday, struggling third baseman Kris Bryant was held out to give him two days rest. Bryan is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has not homered since May 14. Even trailing 1-0 in the ninth, Maddon resisted the urge to use Bryant as a pinch-hitter. ''He has been struggling a lot,'' Maddon said. ''Theoretically it sounds wonderful. But I thought (Chris) Gimenez had some good swings today. It's an easy dialogue to conjure up but I was really trying to give him the day off.''

CAIN JOINS COUNSELL IN BREWERS LORE

The Brewers 1-0 victory over the Cubs was only the second in the all-time series. Milwaukee's only other 1-0 win was on July 5, 2004 at Miller Park in which Counsell provided the only run with a first-inning homer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish, on the 10-day DL (right triceps tendinitis) and RHP Carl Edwards, also on the DL (right shoulder inflammation), each came through Tuesday's bullpen session well, Maddon said.

Brewers: RHP Matt Albers, on the 10-day DL (right shoulder discomfort), will continue treatment throughout the weekend, and then be reassessed. ... RHP Zach Davies, on the 10-day DL retroactive to May 30 (right rotator cuff inflammation), threw a bullpen session Wednesday, but is at least three weeks away and will need two or three rehab outings, Counsell said.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Chicago is off Thursday, then heads to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals. Left-hander Jon Lester (7-2, 2.22) starts for the Cubs, opposed by Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.47). Lester has won his last three starts, and is 6-2 with a 1.72 ERA in his last 10.

Brewers: After a day off, Milwaukee opens a three-game home series against the Phillies on Friday. Brent Suter (6-4, 4.61) starts the opener. The left-hander has yet to record a quality start in 12 tries, with his longest outing 5 2/3 innings.

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  • W: J. Chacin (6-1)L: M. Montgomery (2-2)S: C. Knebel (6)
  • HR: MIL - L. Cain (8)
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  • b-singled for Montgomery in the 7th
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  • a-struck out for Hader in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (11)
BATTING
  • HR - L. Cain (8)
  • RBI - L. Cain (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (12), C. Gimenez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (13), H. Perez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Zobrist-Baez-Rizzo; La Stella-Zobrist-Rizzo)
  • E - C. Gimenez
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M. Montgomery (L, 2-2)6.02111413.311.0814.0
J. Wilson1.01001102.201.361.5
S. Cishek0.11000001.861.03-1.0
B. Duensing0.20000103.921.500.5
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M. Montgomery (L, 2-2)6.0
J. Wilson1.0
S. Cishek0.1
B. Duensing0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 6-1)6.04003703.321.2424.5
J. Jeffress (H, 8)1.01000100.530.772.5
J. Hader (H, 12)1.01000301.180.713.5
C. Knebel (S, 6)1.00000203.951.0211.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 6-1)6.0
J. Jeffress (H, 8)1.0
J. Hader (H, 12)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 6)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 79-53, J. Wilson 22-11, S. Cishek 12-9, B. Duensing 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 8-6, J. Wilson 1-0, S. Cishek 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 21, J. Wilson 4, S. Cishek 2, B. Duensing 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 100-63, J. Jeffress 20-15, J. Hader 18-11, C. Knebel 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 6-5, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 25, J. Jeffress 4, J. Hader 4, C. Knebel 3
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A. Rizzo 1B40000023.238.336.430.766-1.0
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  • a-struck out for La Stella in the 8th
  • b-singled for Montgomery in the 7th
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J. Aguilar 1B30100001.286.355.531.8861.0
T. Shaw 3B20000100.249.345.502.8471.0
H. Perez 2B30000022.246.268.352.6201.0
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  • a-struck out for Hader in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (11)
BATTING
  • HR - L. Cain (8)
  • RBI - L. Cain (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (12), C. Gimenez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (13), H. Perez (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Zobrist-Baez-Rizzo; La Stella-Zobrist-Rizzo)
  • E - C. Gimenez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Montgomery (L, 2-2)6.02111413.311.0814.0
J. Wilson1.01001102.201.361.5
S. Cishek0.11000001.861.03-1.0
B. Duensing0.20000103.921.500.5
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PITCHERSIP
M. Montgomery (L, 2-2)6.0
J. Wilson1.0
S. Cishek0.1
B. Duensing0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 6-1)6.04003703.321.2424.5
J. Jeffress (H, 8)1.01000100.530.772.5
J. Hader (H, 12)1.01000301.180.713.5
C. Knebel (S, 6)1.00000203.951.0211.0
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PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 6-1)6.0
J. Jeffress (H, 8)1.0
J. Hader (H, 12)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 79-53, J. Wilson 22-11, S. Cishek 12-9, B. Duensing 5-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 8-6, J. Wilson 1-0, S. Cishek 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 21, J. Wilson 4, S. Cishek 2, B. Duensing 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 100-63, J. Jeffress 20-15, J. Hader 18-11, C. Knebel 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 6-5, J. Jeffress 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 25, J. Jeffress 4, J. Hader 4, C. Knebel 3
  • 3RD INNING
    Cain homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez lined out to center
    • C. Gimenez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gimenez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader relieved Jeremy Jeffress
    • Albert Almora hit for Tommy La Stella
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rizzo struck out looking
    • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Happ singled to shallow right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Cishek relieved Justin Wilson
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Eric Thames hit for Josh Hader
    • Steve Cishek in left field
    • Brian Duensing pitching
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • Steve Cishek relieved Justin Wilson
    • Brian Duensing in left field
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cain grounded out to second, Arcia to second
    • Brian Duensing pitching
    • Willson Contreras in left field
    • C. Yelich: Yelich flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • C. Gimenez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gimenez grounded out to shortstop
    • Addison Russell hit for Mike Montgomery
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Russell reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Zobrist: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zobrist flied out to left
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Wilson pitching
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Aguilar singled to shallow center
    • T. Shaw: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked, Aguilar to second
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kratz grounded into double play third to second to first, Shaw out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Happ flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schwarber flied out to deep center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Yelich grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Montgomery: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Montgomery grounded out to second
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked, Zobrist to second
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, La Stella struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kratz struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to second
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Chacin grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to shallow center
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Schwarber to second
    • C. Gimenez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gimenez flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar lined out to left
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Shaw grounded out to pitcher
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to third
    • T. La Stella: La Stella lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Chacin grounded out to third
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cain homered to left
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Happ grounded out to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez doubled to right center
    • C. Gimenez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Baez stole third
    • M. Montgomery: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gimenez stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Montgomery struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Shaw flied out to shallow right
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Perez struck out, reached on passed ball
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike swinging, Perez stole third, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kratz flied out to right
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arcia grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Zobrist flied out to deep right
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • T. La Stella: La Stella singled to shallow left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain singled to shallow right
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Yelich grounded out to second, Cain to second
    • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cain stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)