Hendricks helps Cubs blank Pirates

Hendricks helps Cubs beat the Brewers

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks scattered three hits over seven shutout innings as Chicago beat Pittsburgh.

Hendricks (13-7) struck out four and walked one while picking up his fourth win and second shutout in August. Carl Edwards blanked Pittsburgh in the eighth, and closer Aroldis Chapman worked a one-two-three ninth for his 31st save of the season and 11th with the Cubs.

The Cubs won for the sixth time in eight games and extended the lead in the National League Central to 14 1/2 games over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. They also clinched the series entering the Wednesday finale of a three-game set.