Chase Anderson pitched well and with luck until there were two out in the ninth, missing a complete game shutout by one pitch. He allowed his first hit in the top of the eighth, a lead-off double by Ben Zobrist, and in the ninth gave up a homer to Jason Hayward on an 0-2 pitch. When Kris Bryant followed with a homerun, the Brewers went to Jeremy Jeffress to finish the 4-2 win. Jeffress struck out Anthony Rizzo with four straight curveballs for his 11th save.
The Brewers played well in the field, with the best play a leaping catch at the wall in center by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. He robbed Bryant of maybe a homer, certainly a double in the top of the first. Aaron Hill speared a liner by Rizzo in the second, having shifted to the rightfield side of second base for the lefty. There were other sharply hit balls, but none had a chance to be a hit until Zobrist's double.
The Brewers scored their first run on a home run by Jonathon Lucroy with one out in the fourth. He took the one straight fastball that Kyle Hendricks threw all night deep into the left field seats. They tacked on 3 more in the sixth as Hendricks ran out of gas on his third time through the order. A walk to Jonathon Villar was followed by back to back singles from Scooter Gennett and Ryan Braun, with Braun's single driving home Villar. After a Lucroy foul-out, Chris Carter ripped a two run double into right center. The four runs turned out to be enough, fortunately, because Trevor Cahill retired the final eight Brewers, striking out three.
The win broke a Cubs seven game winning streak at Miller Park, and leaves the Brewers at 17-22. The Cubs fall to 27-10. Tomorrow night has John Lackey (4-2) going for the North Siders against the Brewers' Jimmy Nelson (4-3).