MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Villar homered to start a five-run first inning against Jason Hammel, and the Milwaukee Brewers cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 12-5 victory on Tuesday night.
The NL Central-leading Cubs had won seven of eight and were 41 games over .500 after winning Monday’s series opener.
But Milwaukee rallied from a 1-0 deficit as its first seven batters reached against Hammel (14-8). Villar homered on Hammel’s second pitch, Ryan Braun had an RBI single, Domingo Santana singled in two runs and Martin Maldonado added a sacrifice fly.
Wily Peralta (6-9) gave up four runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings, leaving after Anthony Rizzo’s second home run of the game, a two-run drive. Peralta became the first Brewers starter to pitch into the eighth since Junior Guerra on July 29. He has a 3.35 ERA in six starts since his Aug. 8 recall from Triple-A.
Given a lead on Rizzo’s first-inning homer, Hammel allowed nine runs — eight earned — and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He had entered with a 2.50 ERA in 14 starts against Milwaukee.
Hernan Perez had a career-high four hits for the Brewers. Milwaukee had 16 hits, including three each by Villar and Santana.
Braun hit a three-run homer in the sixth for a 9-2 lead.
Rizzo is 16-for-32 with seven homers and 14 RBIs against Peralta.
Cubs: Activated from the disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game, RHP Hector Rondon allowed a run in his first inning since Aug. 16.
Brewers: Milwaukee recalled RHP Damien Maginfico and C Andrew Susac from Triple-A Colorado Springs and RHP Taylor Jungmann from Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday.
Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-1, 4.09 ERA) will start the series finale against the Brewers. He has a 4.01 ERA in five starts and a 2.29 ERA in 37 relief appearances for Seattle and Chicago this season.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza (5-6, 4.57) will pitch against his former team for the second time this season. He has allowed just one earned run over 12 1/3 innings in his past two starts.
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