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MILWAUKEE -- Right-hander Jason Hammel threw five innings of no-hit ball and shortstop Starlin Castro hit two home runs as the Cubs avoided a sweep with a 4-0 victory over the Brewers Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Hammel (4-1) gave up three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven batters in his fourth consecutive seven-inning start.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez broke up Hammel's no-hit bid in the sixth with a one-out double to left. Hammel then walked second baseman Scooter Gennett and both runners advanced on Hammel's throwing error while trying to pick off Gomez at second.

But Hamel got out of the jam, striking out catcher Jonathan Lucroy and retiring third baseman Aramis Ramirez to end the inning.

After pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks hit a one-out single in the eighth, Hamel gave way to righty Pedro Strop who retired the side.

Right-hander Hector Rondon earned his second save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth inning.

After a quick first inning that included two strikeouts, Brewers starter Wily Peralta (3-1) struggled with his control the rest of the day. He allowed eight hits and a walk, but limited the damage and held Chicago to just three runs while striking out six over seven innings.

Castro gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead when he took a 2-0 Peralta fastball to center for his third homer of the season.

His second homer came off Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Kintzler, who was making his first appearance since returning from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Castro went 3-for-4 on the day and is batting .340 (18-for-53) in his last 13 games at Miller Park.

NOTES: Neither SS Jean Segura, who was hit in the face with a bat by RF Ryan Braun Saturday, or Braun, who is dealing with a strained intercostal muscle, were in the Brewers' lineup Sunday. Manager Ron Roenicke said he didn't expect either player to end up on the disabled list. ... C Martin Maldonado also was unavailable, serving the last game of his five-game suspension. ... Ramirez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Sunday. He went 1-for-22 at the plate during the Brewers' seven-game homestand, dropping his average from .352 to .268
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