It’s getting to be almost like the tale of the most interesting man in the world: The Chicago Cubs don’t often defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, but when they do they shut them out.
Rookie Kyle Hendricks baffled the Brewers for 7.1 innings Tuesday night and the Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday in the second of four games between the teams this week.
The Brewers are 6-5 against the Cubs this season, but four of the five losses have been shutouts.
It was the first time the Brewers had seen Hendricks, a 24-year-old right-hander who was brought up from Triple-A Iowa in early July and the kid had the Brewers befuddled most of the night.
Hendricks (4-1) allowed six hits and a walk and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 1.73 in 41.2 innings since being called up. He has worked at least seven innings in four of his six starts.
The loss snapped a string of five straight winning starts for Peralta, who was denied a chance to become MLB’s first 15-game winner this season.
Peralta gave up three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
Alcantara stole second and moved up to third on a wild pitch before Justin Ruggiano singled to left for the game’s first run.
Starlin Castro led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left-center, moved up to third on a sacrifice by Valbuena and scored on a single by Alcantara.
Anthony Rizzo capped the scoring leading off the bottom of the sixth, clubbing his 26th home run of the season to left-center.
Mark Reynolds was 2-for-3 for the Brewers (66-54), who had only six hits.
Milwaukee’s lead in the National League Central was trimmed to 1½ games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Tigers Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals remained three games out after being blanked by Miami.
The teams go at it again Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Lohse (11-6, 3.33 ERA) will get the ball for the Brewers against left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada (1-1, 3.25 ERA), a 33-year-old “rookie” who pitched nine years for Daiei and Softbank in the Japanese Pacific League from 2003-11, going 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA.