Braun hits 2 HRs, Chacin goes 7 as Brewers beat Cubs 7-0

CHICAGO (AP) Ryan Braun supplied the power at the plate and Jhoulys Chacin dominated on the mound to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lift they needed to tighten the NL Central race.

Braun hit two of Milwaukee's four homers, Chacin struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and the Brewers cut into Chicago's division lead with a 7-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday.

Lorenzo Cain homered on Jose Quintana's second pitch . Braun hit two-run drives in the first and third. Erik Kratz added a solo homer in the sixth and an RBI double in the eighth.

Chacin (12-4) allowed three hits and walked two. The right-hander is 6-1 in his past eight outings.

The Brewers pulled within two games of the Cubs after dropping eight of 11 against them. Milwaukee will try to complete a two-game sweep on Wednesday.

''Pretty close to a must-win,'' Braun said. ''If you want to stay in the division race, you had to win one of two.''

Cubs manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in four games when plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called Ben Zobrist out on strikes in the sixth. And Zobrist got tossed for the first time this season after the eighth when he told Cuzzi the players want an electronic strike zone.

He was waiting on deck when Javier Baez struck out to end the inning. Zobrist decided to let Cuzzi know ''calmly'' that he didn't appreciate being told to ''be quiet'' after getting called out in the sixth on a pitch he thought was clearly a ball. He wanted assurances that the umpire would look over the play and ''make an adjustment.''

''He didn't want me to tell him that,'' Zobrist said. ''I just basically said, `Well, that's why we want an electronic strike zone.' And that's what obviously got me tossed.''

The Cubs have been shut out nine times this season. They didn't score in their previous game until pinch-hitter David Bote launched a grand slam with two outs in the ninth to give them a 4-3 victory over Washington on Sunday night.

Quintana (10-9) got tagged for five runs and six hits in five innings after dominating the Brewers over seven previous starts. He came in with a 0.92 career ERA against the Brewers and held them without a run in two of their first three meetings this season.

But Milwaukee needed just nine pitches to grab a 3-0 lead.

EARLY STRIKE

Cain hit his third career leadoff homer and second this season. Braun followed Jesus Aguilar's one-out single with a drive to left-center, and he hit a long one to left for his 35th career homer against the Cubs after Aguilar led off with a walk. A fan in the back row of the bleachers caught the ball, preventing it from going to the street.

''It was something that was needed,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''It felt like something that was coming. We got it done in an important game.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: LHP Zach Davies (inflamed right rotator cuff, tight lower back) is back with the Brewers after a rehab outing for Double-A Biloxi on Saturday. He was to throw a side session before making a start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday. Davies is 2-5 with a 5.23 ERA in eight starts after winning 17 games last season. ... RHP Taylor Williams (sore right elbow) was reinstated from the disabled list. ... RHP Matt Albers (strained left hamstring) was scheduled to pitch Tuesday on a rehab assignment for Biloxi.

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (triceps and elbow injuries) is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment, assuming he experiences no setbacks after pitching a simulated game on Tuesday. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Darvish is ''just about ready for the next step.'' ... Maddon said Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) is getting better after being sidelined the past month, but he didn't have a timeline on his return. ''It sounds like it's moving in the right direction,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-7, 3.40 ERA) has a 1.74 ERA in five career starts and eight appearances against the Cubs.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (8-9, 4.02 ERA) is 2-0 in his past three starts - all wins for the Cubs.

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  • W: J. Chacin (12-4)L: J. Quintana (10-9)
  • HR: MIL - E. Kratz (4), R. Braun 2 (14), L. Cain (9)
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C. Yelich RF50100011.310.374.518.8920.5
J. Aguilar 1B43200101.280.365.587.9516.0
D. Jennings P00000000.667.6671.0001.6670.0
R. Braun LF42242011.255.304.466.77013.5
H. Perez 2B-1B40100021.266.301.425.7250.0
M. Moustakas 3B30100001.253.313.468.7812.0
E. Kratz C41221012.252.293.391.6848.5
O. Arcia SS40000012.206.242.270.512-0.5
J. Chacin P30000030.186.239.209.448-1.5
C. Knebel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Schoop PH-2B10000010.234.263.419.682-0.5
  • a-struck out for Knebel in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B40000012.262.360.436.797-0.5
J. Baez SS-2B40100021.292.325.572.8961.0
B. Zobrist 2B30100012.309.393.463.8561.5
A. Russell SS10000000.265.334.366.7000.0
J. Heyward RF30000101.277.343.402.7451.0
T. La Stella 3B40000013.275.349.313.662-0.5
K. Schwarber LF30000020.243.360.462.821-1.0
W. Contreras C30000020.271.359.431.790-1.0
J. Quintana P10000000.026.026.026.0530.0
a- V. Caratini PH10000010.252.315.304.619-0.5
J. Chavez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Almora PH10000010.297.335.403.738-0.5
J. De La Rosa P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
I. Happ CF20100110.242.366.418.7832.5
  • a-struck out for Quintana in the 5th
  • b-struck out for J. Chavez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Kratz (4)
  • HR - L. Cain (9), R. Braun 2 (14), E. Kratz (4)
  • RBI - L. Cain (31), R. Braun 4 (47), E. Kratz 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Kratz 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich, J. Aguilar, E. Kratz, O. Arcia 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (32), B. Zobrist (20), I. Happ (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, B. Zobrist, T. La Stella 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 12-4)7.030021003.721.1931.0
C. Knebel1.00000204.781.274.0
D. Jennings1.00000003.181.313.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 12-4)7.0
C. Knebel1.0
D. Jennings1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 10-9)5.06551534.461.380.5
J. Chavez2.01110413.171.146.0
J. De La Rosa2.04110304.461.592.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 10-9)5.0
J. Chavez2.0
J. De La Rosa2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 105-63, C. Knebel 20-15, D. Jennings 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-6, D. Jennings 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 26, C. Knebel 3, D. Jennings 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Quintana (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 71-46, J. Chavez 40-30, J. De La Rosa 36-28
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, J. De La Rosa 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, J. Chavez 7, J. De La Rosa 10
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF51211020.304.391.426.8176.0
C. Yelich RF50100011.310.374.518.8920.5
J. Aguilar 1B43200101.280.365.587.9516.0
D. Jennings P00000000.667.6671.0001.6670.0
R. Braun LF42242011.255.304.466.77013.5
H. Perez 2B-1B40100021.266.301.425.7250.0
M. Moustakas 3B30100001.253.313.468.7812.0
E. Kratz C41221012.252.293.391.6848.5
O. Arcia SS40000012.206.242.270.512-0.5
J. Chacin P30000030.186.239.209.448-1.5
C. Knebel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Schoop PH-2B10000010.234.263.419.682-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Knebel in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B40000012.262.360.436.797-0.5
J. Baez SS-2B40100021.292.325.572.8961.0
B. Zobrist 2B30100012.309.393.463.8561.5
A. Russell SS10000000.265.334.366.7000.0
J. Heyward RF30000101.277.343.402.7451.0
T. La Stella 3B40000013.275.349.313.662-0.5
K. Schwarber LF30000020.243.360.462.821-1.0
W. Contreras C30000020.271.359.431.790-1.0
J. Quintana P10000000.026.026.026.0530.0
a- V. Caratini PH10000010.252.315.304.619-0.5
J. Chavez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Almora PH10000010.297.335.403.738-0.5
J. De La Rosa P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
I. Happ CF20100110.242.366.418.7832.5
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  • a-struck out for Quintana in the 5th
  • b-struck out for J. Chavez in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Kratz (4)
  • HR - L. Cain (9), R. Braun 2 (14), E. Kratz (4)
  • RBI - L. Cain (31), R. Braun 4 (47), E. Kratz 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Kratz 2 (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich, J. Aguilar, E. Kratz, O. Arcia 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (32), B. Zobrist (20), I. Happ (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo, B. Zobrist, T. La Stella 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (W, 12-4)7.030021003.721.1931.0
C. Knebel1.00000204.781.274.0
D. Jennings1.00000003.181.313.0
Total9.03002120---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (W, 12-4)7.0
C. Knebel1.0
D. Jennings1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 10-9)5.06551534.461.380.5
J. Chavez2.01110413.171.146.0
J. De La Rosa2.04110304.461.592.5
Total9.011771124---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 10-9)5.0
J. Chavez2.0
J. De La Rosa2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 105-63, C. Knebel 20-15, D. Jennings 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 5-6, D. Jennings 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 26, C. Knebel 3, D. Jennings 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Quintana (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 71-46, J. Chavez 40-30, J. De La Rosa 36-28
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, J. De La Rosa 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, J. Chavez 7, J. De La Rosa 10
  • 8TH INNING
    Kratz doubled to left, Aguilar scored, Moustakas to third70
  • 6TH INNING
    Kratz homered to left center60
  • 3RD INNING
    Braun homered to left, Aguilar scored50
  • 1ST INNING
    Braun homered to left, Aguilar scored30
    Cain homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jonathan Schoop hit for Corey Knebel
    • Addison Russell at shortstop
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Yelich reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dan Jennings pitching
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward lined out to left
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jorge De La Rosa pitching
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Aguilar singled to shallow center
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to pitcher, Aguilar to second
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas singled to shallow right, Aguilar to third
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Kratz doubled to left, Aguilar scored, Moustakas to third
    • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Corey Knebel relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo flied out to left
    • Ja. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Chavez Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chacin struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • Wi. Contreras: Foul, Foul, Contreras lined out to right
    • Albert Almora hit for Jesse Chavez
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jesse Chavez pitching
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kratz homered to left center
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • Ja. Baez: Baez doubled to left center
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second, Baez to third
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich grounded out to second
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar flied out to center
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Braun grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • Victor Caratini hit for Jose Quintana
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Happ walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chacin struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heyward flied out to center
    • T. La Stella: La Stella lined out to left
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Braun homered to left, Aguilar scored
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kratz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Happ doubled to right
    • A. Rizzo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to second, Happ to third
    • Ja. Baez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia lined out to right
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chacin struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain singled to shallow center
    • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • J. Quintana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Quintana lined out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain homered to left center
    • C. Yelich: Yelich grounded out to second
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar singled to shallow right
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun homered to left, Aguilar scored
    • H. Perez: Perez singled to left
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moustakas reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kratz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Ja. Baez: Baez grounded out to third
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist doubled to shallow right
    • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul tip, La Stella struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)