Cubs claw past Brewers, 4-1

Chicago's Anthony Rizzo scores in front of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy during the fourth inning on Friday night in Milwaukee.  

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MILWAUKEE — Jason Hammel beat Milwaukee for the seventh consecutive decision with his first win in almost two months and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Chicago Cubs past the rebuilding Brewers 4-1 on Friday night.

Hammel (6-5) improved to 7-0 in nine starts against Milwaukee and picked up his first victory since June 6. He allowed a run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings to beat the Brewers for the second time this season. His only mistake was a pitch Ryan Braun hit for his 19th home run in the first.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Starlin Castro, in an 11-for-80 slump (.138) over the last 22 games, drove in two runs with a single in the first and a fielder’s choice in the sixth. Rizzo, who had a game-winning three run homer Thursday, hit a solo shot in the seventh. Addison Russell added a run-scoring single in the sixth and chased Milwaukee starter Taylor Jungmann (5-3).

Both teams made moves before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Brewers, losers of 8 of 10, felt the biggest impact, with Gerardo Parra and Jonathan Broxton being dealt — making it four veteran players traded in little more than a week.

Chicago picked up a pair of veteran right-handers.

The Brewers sent outfielder Gerardo Parra, the hottest hitter on a weak-hitting team, to Baltimore, and they moved reliever Jonathan Broxton to St. Louis.

Parra was batting .460 during a career-high 14-game hitting streak. Hitting 328 overall, Parra was Milwaukee’s only regular above .300.

Two-time All-Star center fielder Carlos Gomez and starting right-hander Mike Fiers were acquired by Houston on Thursday. Slugging third baseman Aramis Ramirez was traded eight days ago to Pittsburgh. Milwaukee received minor leaguers in all three trades.

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Chicago picked up two veteran right-handed pitchers, Dan Haren from the Marlins and Tommy Hunter from the Orioles. Haren figures to be in the rotation, making his first start next week in Pittsburgh at the earliest.

Jungmann allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He tied his season high with seven strikeouts, but lost for the second consecutive start and the rookie’s first losing strike.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: No date has been set for the return of C Miguel Montero, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb since July 17.

Brewers: OF Logan Schafer (recalled) and INF-OF Elian Herrera (selected) joined the Brewers, replacing two outfielders, Carlos Gomez (Houston) and Gerardo Parra (Baltimore), who were traded Thursday and Friday respectively.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.81 ERA) makes his 21st start. He took a no decision against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, the sixth time this season he’s left the game with a lead, but received a no-decision.

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (5-11, 5.20 ERA) makes his 19th start of the season and second against Chicago. He took a no-decision on May 10 at Miller Park. Overall, he is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs.