Cubs beat Brewers 1-0, can still host wild card after Pirates lose

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs acknowledges the crowd after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Wrigley Field on September 22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The blast was Bryant's 25th of the season, breaking Hall of Famer Billy Williams's rookie home run record set in 1961. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Hendricks allowed one hit and struck out eight in six innings, and the Chicago Cubs kept alive their hopes to host to the NL wild card game with a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Chicago won its seventh straight game behind a stellar effort from Hendricks (8-7). He held Milwaukee without a baserunner until Martin Maldonado singled with one out in the sixth.

Maldonado grounded into a double play two innings later that allowed reliever Fernando Rodney to escape a first-and-third jam with one out.

Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth for his 30th save.

The Cubs will face Pittsburgh in the wild card matchup on Wednesday. The Pirates needed to win one of their last two regular season games, or one Cubs’ loss, to ensure that the postseason would start at PNC Park. They lost to the Reds Saturday night.

If they lose again tomorrow and the Cubs win, the Cubs will host the one-game playoff at Wrigley Field.