CHICAGO – Lorenzo Cain hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff made a no-hit bid until Ian Happ opened seventh with a & # 39; clean single & # 39 ;. Until then it was winless – then the ball started to fly.
Cain, who had missed three games with an oblique strain, hit a solo homer in the eighth. Joc Pederson tied the score with his first homerun – and first hit – for the Cubs, a drive in the bottom half from reliever Devin Williams.
After automatic runner Daniel Robertson advanced to third base on a single by pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach in the 10th, Cain drove a 1-1 pitch by Brandon Workman (0-1) to the eye of the batter in midfield on a warm afternoon at Wrigley Field.
"You're always happy with a win, especially the way Woody pitched," said Cain, who had his sixth multihomer game in his career for the first time since June 2017. "I'm still not where I want to be like that. far as my timing. I'm still trying to get back to my old form, but today was a good day. "
Cain, a two-time All-Star who turns 35 next week, played five games last season before opting out on August 1 due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Jason Heyward singled to lead auto runner Kris Bryant in the Cubs 10th off J.P Feyereisen. After two walks loaded the bases and Brad Boxberger retired Happ on a & # 39; fly to short left & # 39; for the last out and his first save.
Woodruff gave up only one basehit, struckout eight and walked no batters in seven innings.
"He was just locked up with everything," said manager Craig Counsell.
Woodruff was consistently leading on number of points, throwing only 74 pitches. Still, he said he was running out of steam when Counsell replaced him with Williams to start on the eighth.
& # 39; I think that was the right move, & # 39; Woodruff said. “I started to lose myself a bit there in the delivery.
"If I can get seven (innings) on 74 pitches in the future, they will have to pretty much take me off the mound," he said.
Josh Hader (2-0) threw a scoreless ninth for the win.
Christian Yelich had three hits, including a double, and walked Milwaukee.
The Cubs ended with only three basehits after losing only one in a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday-evening.
Pederson was happy to get one and to grow up. He is now 1 for 17 after signing a one-year contract with Chicago.
"It was a great relief to just get on the board and capture the game at the same time and give ourselves a chance to win," said Pederson.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks almost matched Woodruff for six scoreless innings. The ace of the Cubs gave up four hits, while not walking and blowing six times.
Hendricks recovered from a shaky start to the day when he gave up three runs in three innings.
"It felt a lot better to be honest with you from the start, from the first throw," he said. "Definitely on the right track."
NOT AT ALL NO-NOS
The Brewers became the first team with two no-hit bids of more than six innings in the first six games of a season since the 1990 Padres. RHP Corbin Burnes didn't allow a hit during the first six innings against Minnesota on Saturday, a game that the Twins won 2-0.
THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Brewers: 2B Kolten Wong was kept out of the starting line-up with some tension, but came in as a defensive substitute in the eighth. Robertson started second in place of Wong and moved up to third in eighth.
Cubs: C Willson Contreras got a scheduled maintenance day off and Tony Wolters started behind the plate. Contreras pinch-hit and walked in the 10th. Contreras was hit by a pitch in the helmet on Monday and in the upper body on Tuesday in the ninth inning, but manager David Ross said the looting had nothing to do with leaving the catcher to rest.
Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes (0-1, 1.42) takes the mound against St. Louis RHP Adam Wainwright (0-1, 20.25) in the Cardinals' home opener on Thursday afternoon.
Cubs: Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50) comes off a strong first start in his return to Chicago to meet Pittsburgh's Tyler Anderson (0-1, 5.40) on Thursday-afternoon in the Pirates home opener.