Milwaukee Brewers blanked for 2nd straight day, 8-0 at home to Chicago Cubs

The Brewers’ Travis Shaw, center, is restrained by manager Craig Counsell after being ejected by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora during the sixth inning against Chicago Cubs on Thursday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE — Jon Lester’s second start was a big improvement over his first outing.

Lester pitched six sharp innings, nailed a runner with his weird, one-hop throw and hit a tricky grounder that was tough to corral as the Chicago Cubs beat the frustrated Milwaukee Brewers 8-0 Thursday night.

On opening day, Lester lasted 3 1-3 innings and gave up three earned runs and seven hits at Miami.

The Brewers lost more than a game.

All-Star closer Corey Knebel exited with a hamstring injury while getting some work in the ninth inning. Manager Craig Counsell said Knebel will get an MRI and go on the disabled list.

Knebel clutched his left hamstring as fell to the ground after throwing a pitch to Tommy La Stella, and had to be helped off the field. He had one save this season after compiling 39 last year.

Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw also left early — an animated argument got him ejected in the sixth.

Milwaukee was blanked for the second straight day and has lost three of four since a 3-0 start.