Cubs blank the Brewers at Wrigley; Parra still has neck stiffness
The Milwaukee Brewers were blanked by the Chicago Cubs Monday, 2-0 at Wrigley Field.
Ryan Dempster took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He got the win after giving up four hits in eight frames with four strikeouts and a walk.
Dempster is now 10-8. Carlos Marmol got his 13th save.
Jeff Suppan took the loss and dropped to 6-10. He went seven innings, and the only run he gave up was a homer to Derrek Lee. Suppan has only had one victory in his last 13 starts.
Milwaukee was limited to four singles by Felipe Lopez, Casey McGehee, Jason Kendall and Frank Catalanotto.
The Cubs have won six of their last seven. They're 6.5 games back for the National League Wild Card, but they have four teams ahead of them.
The Brewers ended a three-game winning streak. They'll play the Cubs again tonight in Chicago. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Cubs' right-hander Carlos Zambrano.
Brewers' starter Manny Parra continues to have a stiff neck, after he threw in a bullpen session Monday.
The left-hander missed his last start, and he lasted just one inning in his previous outing, after getting neck spasms.
Brewers' manager Ken Macha was hoping Parra could start on Friday night against Houston, but he now says it's iffy.
If Parra can't go, there's a chance that left-hander Chris Narveson will again start in his place just like he did Sunday at Arizona.