How it happened: Anthony Rizzo hit two two-run home runs to help starter Jason Hammel become the team's first six-game winner. The Cubs had done nothing off starter Wily Peralta through the first three innings before Rizzo hit the first of two home runs in the fourth before connecting again in the sixth. The Cubs scored three more runs in the sixth after a home run on RBI hits by Chris Coghlan, John Baker and Darwin Barney. Emilio Bonifacio added an RBI hit in the ninth. Meanwhile, Hammel never faced any serious trouble in shutting down the Brewers over his seven innings. He gave up four hits, no walks and struck out eight. His ERA is 2.78 after two months as a Cub.
What it means: Did Rizzo's day off Friday help him that much? We'll never know, but he did well in working both home-run counts to 3-2 before delivering. He's simply maturing as a hitter, taking balls to left field against lefties and driving balls out when he can against righties. He has 10 home runs through two months of the season -- the same number as last year at this time -- but the difference is his on-base percentage is nearly 80 points higher. Hammel continues to exceed expectations as he helped halt a run of double-digit hit games by the Brewers at nine. And this was Milwaukee's second look at him at Miller Park. Combined, he has thrown 14 innings, giving up only seven hits and two walks without giving up a run. That's some domination against the first-place team in the division.
Rizzo: It was his fifth multihomer game of his career and first of this season. He took over both the team lead in home runs (10) and RBIs (28). And he raised his .221 road batting average a few points. It was a good day for the Cubs' first baseman.
Castro day off: Before Friday night's game, manager Rick Renteria indicated Starlin Castro might get his first day off of the season Sunday, but Castro is lobbying against it. "Castro came in and talked to me today," Renteria said Saturday morning. "He said, 'Hey I know you're thinking of giving me a day. I'm good to go,' so we'll see how he is [Sunday]." Darwin Barney will play shortstop if Castro takes the day off.
It's a boy: Reliever Hector Rondon's wife gave birth to a baby boy Friday. Rondon is on paternity leave and can miss no more than the final game of the series Sunday, per major league rules.