CHICAGO – Lorenzo Cain hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff had a no-hit bid going until Ian Happ led off the seventh with a clean single. It was scoreless until then – after that, the ball began to fly.
Cain, who had missed three games with an oblique strain, hit a solo homer leading off the eighth. Joc Pederson tied it with his first home run – and first hit – for the Cubs, a drive off reliever Devin Williams.
After automatic runner Daniel Robertson moved to third on a single by pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach in the 10th, Cain drove a 1-1 pitch from Brandon Workman (0-1) to the center-field batter's eye on a warm afternoon at Wrigley Field.
“You're always happy to pull out a win, especially the way Woody pitched,” said Cain, who had his sixth career multihomer game and first since June 2017. “I'm still not where I want to be as 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 Aug. 1 because of coronavirus concerns.
Jason Heyward singled in automatic runner Kris Bryant in the Cubs 10th off J.P Feyereisen. After two walks loaded the bases, Brad Boxberger came on to retire Happ on a fly to short left for the final out and his first save.
Woodruff permitted just one hit, struck out eight and walked none in seven innings.
“He was just locked in with everything,” manager Craig Counsell said.
The Cubs finished with only three hits after getting just one in a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Pederson was happy to get one of the them and have it be big. He's now 1 for 17 after signing a one-year deal with Chicago.
“It was a big relief just to get on the board, and at a time to tie the game up and give ourselves a chance to win,” Pederson said.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks nearly matched Woodruff through six scoreless innings. The Cubs ace gave up four hits, while walking none and fanning six.
Hendricks rebounded from a shaky opening-day start when he gave up three runs in three innings.
'It felt a lot better to be honest with you, kind of from the start, from the first pitch,” he said. “Definitely on the right track.”