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Hammel, Castro carry Cubs over Brewers

Milwaukee,  WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Starlin Castro belted a pair of solo home 
runs to back another strong start by Jason Hammel as the Chicago Cubs salvaged 
their three-game set in Milwaukee with a 4-0 victory over the Brewers. 

Hammel  (4-1)  scattered three  hits and  two walks  through seven innings and 
struck  out seven  for  the Cubs,  who  snapped a  four-game  skid and  handed 
Milwaukee its first weekend loss. 

The  Brewers  were a combined 11-0  on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays entering 
the  series finale  but could not get  anything going with Ryan Braun and Jean 
Segura out of the lineup. 

Braun  suffered an  intercostal strain on Saturday but not before accidentally 
hitting  Segura in  the head with a  warmup swing in the dugout. The shortstop 
did not suffer a concussion but needed stitches to sew up a gash near his eye. 

"It  looks like it's  gonna be a few days, maybe 3-to-5, something like that," 
Brewers  manager  Ron Roenicke said  about how much  time Braun is expected to 
miss. 

Without  the heart  of the order, the  Brewers managed just three hits and saw 
Wily Peralta (3-1) suffer his first loss of the season. 

Peralta lasted seven innings and was charged with eight hits and three runs -- 
the first coming on Castro's leadoff shot to straightaway center in the second 
inning. 

The Cubs  added another run in  the frame on Darwin Barney's fielder's choice 
groundout  to third.  With the bases loaded and no outs, Aramis Ramirez tagged 
third  for  the force out,  but his throw home  got away from Jonathan Lucroy, 
allowing Nate Schierholtz to score. 

Mike  Olt tacked on  a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the sixth and Castro snuck 
his  second home  run over  the left-field  wall off  Brandon Kintzler  in the 
eighth. 

Hammel  came into  the game  with a  minuscule 0.69  WHIP and  continued being 
stingy in Sunday's series finale. 

The  31-year-old  right-hander  only  yielded  two  baserunners  through  five 
innings, the first on an error and the other on a walk. 

Carlos  Gomez recorded Milwaukee's first hit with a double in the sixth inning 
and  Scooter  Gennett worked  a walk before  Hammel wiggled out  of the jam by 
striking out Lucroy and retiring Ramirez on a harmless groundout. 

"What happened in the sixth inning was I pretty much screwed myself going back 
and  forth from  signs.  We  were bouncing  back  and  forth between  innings, 
changing  up signs, and I got caught up in the signs. I basically mixed myself 
up and kind of lost my rhythm," Hammel said. 

Pedro  Strop and  Hector  Rondon each  threw  a hitless  inning  in relief  to 
complete Chicago's first shutout win of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

Hammel has allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his first five starts 
as  a  Cub. He improved  to 4-0 in five  lifetime starts against Milwaukee ... 
Castro's  only  other multi-home run  game came earlier  this month on April 8 
against the Pirates. 

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