But the Cubs would eventually pull away, using a few soft hits and defensive miscues by the Brewers to pull out a 7-2 victory in their series opener at Miller Park.
Hendricks picked up his 14th win of the season and extending his string to 18 starts without allowing more than three earned runs.
Zach Davies deserved much better, but settled for allowing three runs (2 earned) and seeing his record fall to 10-7.
The Brewers fell to 3-10 against the Cubs this season and with 10 strikeouts, saw their major-league-leading total climb to 1,309.
Chris Carter opened the scoring for the Brewers in the second inning with his 33rd home run of the season. The Cubs didn’t even the score until Jorge Soler’s two-out bloop single into left in the sixth.
The only other run the Brewers would get would be from Ryan Braun, his 25th home run of the season after the game had been decided.
Game two of the series is tonight with Wily Peralta facing Jason Hammel in the pitching matchup.