Hendricks' blemishes hardly were a cause for concern as the Cubs unleashed a 17-hit attack en route to an 11-6 victory over the Brewers before a predominantly pro-Cubs crowd of 43,080 at Miller Park.
TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 1: Phil Hughes pitched six strong innings for his first win in nearly a year, and Minnesota beat Chicago for its first 4-0 start since 1987. He had a two-run double in the third, a run-scoring single in the fourth and a double leading off the eighth.
Hendricks' second hit of the game, a 45-foot single in the fifth, helped the Cubs regain the lead, and they padded it when No. 9 hitter Albert Almora Jr. legged out an infield hit.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 0: Amir Garrett pitched two-hit ball for six innings to win his major league debut, a sharp start for the former St. John's basketball player as Cincinnati beat St. Louis.
Milwaukee did not get a hit after Braun's home run in the third inning until Domingo Santana homered off Hector Rondon with two outs in the ninth.
He told the newspaper: '(Heyward) got me very good, but good thing it wasn't the full elbow or knee'.
Baez returned to the lineup at 2B after the collision with outfielder Jason Heyward.
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Nelson's balk in the 6th could have proven more costly because it advanced Zobrist to 2nd base, but he escaped the inning unscathed and avoided surrendering another run on a mistake. Nick Franklin, claimed off waivers earlier in the week, took Braun's place.
Maddon, who said he's trying to "balance" playing time for what amounts to four or five players across two or three positions, will have Zobrist back at second on Sunday, he said.
But, where the lack of home runs before tonight has gone along with general offensive anemia, at least by Cubs standards-12 runs in the first four games, half of them on Thursday-tonight they scored 11 runs, nearly doubling their total on the year.
Counsell said Braun did not further aggravate his back when sliding into Chicago reliever Mike Montgomery at the plate. He insisted he was good but I wasn't convinced. With Kyle Hendricks set to face Tommy Milone in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.
Counsell said it was similar to what Braun experienced past year, when he needed to take occasional days off, but wouldn't completely rule him out for the series finale. RHP Zach Davies (0-1) will look to bounce back after surrendering six runs over 4 1/3 innings against Colorado in his first start of the season.
Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 2B - Schwarber (2), Bryant 2 (2), Russell 2 (3), Contreras (1), Shaw (5). Hendricks is 5-1 with a 1.82 ERA in five career starts at Miller Park.