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“He commands his emotions and is meticulous in his preparations and that’s how he’s able to attack hitters the way he wants to,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Hammel’s fastball was clocked in the low 90s, and he mixed in the challenging slider. The shadows creeping across the infield didn’t help Brewers hitters either.

“I think in the fourth or fifth inning it was sun to the shade. That’s the time you want to pick up the off-speed. It was a little tougher then,” said Scooter Gennett, who had two hits.

NOTES: The replay review took about 1 minute, 45 seconds. … Renteria said RHP Hector Rondon’s wife gave birth to a boy Friday, when Rondon was placed on the three-day paternity list. Renteria left open the possibility that his closer could return for the series finale Sunday afternoon against Milwaukee. … After stealing second, the Brewers‘ Carlos Gomez was awarded third on an interference call by second base umpire Paul Emmel on Cubs 2B Darwin Barney, who was in the way while Gomez tried to advance on an errant throw. … Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a two-day rehab stint Sunday at the team’s Class-A affiliate in Appleton and could be activated off the 15-day disabled list either Tuesday or Wednesday. …… Cubs RH Jeff Samardzija (1-4) faces the Brewers‘ Kyle Lohse (6-1) on Sunday.

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