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Votto extends power surge, Reds roll past Cubs 8-2

Votto extends power surge, Reds roll past Cubs 8-2

CHICAGO — Joey Votto homered twice for the second consecutive day, going deep in his fifth straight game to match a Cincinnati record as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Wednesday night.Tyler Mahle tossed six scoreless innings for the Reds, who beefed up their bullpen again by acquiring right-hander Mychal Givens from Colorado before the game. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama each had two RBIs, and Jesse Winker doubled twice and drove in a run.The 37-year-old Votto is the ninth hitter in Reds history, dating to 1900, to homer in five straight games. It was his 15th career multi-homer game.“Homer-wise, this is the best stretch I’ve been on in a short period of time,” said Votto, a six-time All-Star who noted he’s been through hot hitting streaks before. “I’ve never done it with the home run, so it’s a little bit of a new experience.”The 2010 NL MVP launched a 1-1 curveball from Zach Davies deep into the left-field bleachers leading off the second. Votto tagged Cory Abbott for a two-run shot to center on a 3-1 fastball in the ninth, giving him 19 homers this season and seven during his five-game surge.It’s coming at a perfect time for the Reds, who need to get on a roll to close ground on NL Central-leading Milwaukee or a wild-card spot.“He just continues to be fun to watch and contribute in a big way to our wins,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s really a pleasure and a joy to watch him at the plate right now.”Mahle (8-3) scattered five hits and walked one in his first win since June 16. The right-hander battled through some deep counts and was helped by sharp defense, including a couple of nifty catches by right fielder Aristides Aquino.“That was probably the grindiest game I’ve been a part of,” Mahle said. “To end up going six innings, let alone no runs, was incredible.”Newly acquired relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson followed with a scoreless inning each in their Reds debuts before Ryan Hendrix allowed two runs in the ninth, on RBI singles by David Bote and Ian Happ.Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom each had two hits for fading Chicago. The Cubs have dropped two straight and seven of 11.Davies (6-7) was tagged for four runs and seven hits. The wiry right-hander struck out eight but walked four.Votto’s opposite-field shot put the Reds ahead 1-0 in the second.Cubs manager David Ross has noticed some differences in the left-handed-batting Cincinnati slugger.“He’s changed his stance, taller and hitting for more power to all fields,” Ross said. “A breaking ball from Davies there, he takes it to left.“Right now he’s just locked in and hitting for power as much as I’ve seen him. I’ve been watching him for a long time and he’s in a pretty good place.”Winker lined a double to the center-field wall in the third to drive in Cincinnati’s second run.Stephenson’s long single to the left-field wall in the fifth plated two runs to make it 4-0. Kris Bryant threw out Stephenson at second.Dillon Maples hit Akiyama with a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth to force in a run before the Reds scored three in the ninth to pull away.IN GOOD COMPANYOther Reds batters to homer in five straight games include current 3B Eugenio Suarez (2018), plus Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, George Crowe and Ted Kluszewski.PROPPING UP THE ‘PENThe Reds kept adding arms to their struggling bullpen — and signaled they’re intent on climbing into the playoff hunt — by getting Givens from Colorado on Wednesday for two prospects, RHPs Case Williams and Noah Davis.On Tuesday, Cincinnati acquired RHP Cessa and LHP Wilson from the Yankees for a player to be named.The trio gives the second-place Reds relief help as they chase first-place Milwaukee in NL Central. Cincinnati entered Wednesday seven games behind the Brewers and was six games out of a wild-card spot.The 31-year-old Givens, due to be a free agent after the season, has a 2.73 ERA and 27.4% strikeout rate in 29 2/3 innings for Colorado.“We looked at all three as potential upgrades to our bullpen right now that can help us for the rest of the year,” general manager Nick Krall said.TRAINER’S ROOMReds: Krall hopes right-handed relievers Michael Feliz, Lucas Sims and Tejay Antone will return within the next month. Krall expects Feliz (right elbow sprain) back in a week to 10 days, and Sims (right elbow sprain) in about two weeks.Cubs: SS Javier Báez (bruised heel) was held out of the lineup for a third straight day, but was available off the bench. … Hoerner, who started at shortstop, left in the eighth with an oblique strain. Bryant then moved from left field and filled in at shortstop for only the second time in his career. … RHP Jake Arrieta (right hamstring tightness) will throw a bullpen Thursday. The Cubs placed the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner on the 10-day injured list July 7 after he went 0-5 with a 9.67 ERA in eight starts following a win at Pittsburgh on May 25.UP NEXTReds RHP Luis Castillo (4-10, 4.12 ERA) faces Cubs RHP Alec Mills (4-3, 4.55) in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Castillo is 3-2 with a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts after going 1-8 with a 7.22 ERA in his first 11 outings this season.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Sheets' homer gives White Sox doubleheader split with Twins

Sheets' homer gives White Sox doubleheader split with Twins

CHICAGO — Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a game-ending three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday.Minnesota won the opener 3-2 in eight innings, but the White Sox avoided a sweep when Sheets turned on a 3-1 fastball from Twins ace José Berrios and drove it deep to right for his fifth home run. Berrios (7-4) entered the seventh having allowed only two hits — solo shots by José Abreu and Yoán Moncada — before Brian Goodwin led off with a single and Berrios hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch.A wild pitch moved the runners up, then Sheets connected to win the game for Chicago.“Man that was awesome,” Sheets said. “Never hit a walk-off homer. What a good time for one.“Obviously I want to be a part of this run because this is the place to be right now.”Aaron Bummer (2-4) pitched a scoreless seventh. Then the White Sox broke through against Berrios in the bottom half.“We knew we were going to have to lean on José and the way he was throwing the ball, there was no question that that was his ballgame,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. “I mean José for the most part of this game, he went out there and dominated the other side’s lineup.”Mitch Garver homered in his first two at-bats of the nightcap after returning from a serious groin injury.Garver, activated from the 10-day injured list between games, hit a solo shot off Reynaldo Lopez in the second. He followed with a longer solo homer to right-center off Matt Foster in the fourth. The 30-year-old catcher hadn’t played since June 1, when he was struck by Trey Mancini’s foul tip in Baltimore and needed surgery.“Before the game, I was a wreck,” Garver said. “I was a little bit nervous to be honest with you.“Once I got into baseball activities, it kind of went away,” Garver added. “Like Tom Petty said, ‘The waiting is the hardest part.’”Berrios struck out eight and walked one. Lopez allowed two runs on two hits in three innings in his first start this season.The White Sox have won eight of 10.In the first game, Nelson Cruz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth after tying the game with a solo homer in the sixth. Jorge Polanco added an RBI single in the eighth as Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak.Tyler Duffey (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh, working around two walks, for the win.Tim Anderson homered for the third straight game and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 before sitting out the second game. Anderson was Chicago’s automatic runner in the eighth and scored on José Abreu’s double, but Hansel Robles held on for his 10th save in 12 chances.Lance Lynn allowed one run on five hits in seven innings in a no-decision, lowering his AL-leading ERA to 1.94. The 34-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked one in his first start since he signed a new $38 million, two-year contract with Chicago that covers 2022 and 2023.Minnesota’s Griffin Jax allowed just one hit — Anderson’s solo shot — in four innings while striking out six and walking one in his second career start. The Twins added the 26-year-old right-hander to their roster from Triple-A St. Paul as the 27th man for the doubleheader.Jax might have gone longer if a blister on his pitching hand hadn’t flared up,“I was just worried that if I continued to go out there with the blister, that I wouldn’t be able to throw my pitches with as much intent or aggressiveness as I had been early in the game,” Jax said.Anderson connected on Jax’s 2-0 fastball with two outs in the third to put Chicago ahead 1-0.Cruz’s 19th homer, into the left-field bullpen with two outs in the sixth, tied it at 1.ROBERT’S REHABWhite Sox CF Luis Robert will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He has been out since suffering a torn right hip flexor on May 2.“I never experienced an injury as severe as that one,” Robert said through a translator on a video conference call with reporters. “I wasn’t expecting to have the process go as fast as it’s gone. I’m just excited.”The speedy Robert was hitting .316 with a homer and eight RBIs when he was hurt.CAPTAIN JAXJax is a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the first Air Force Academy graduate to play in the majors.In his first start, at Kansas City on July 3, Jax allowed six runs in five innings in a loss. He is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA at St. Paul.ROSTER MOVESThe Twins reinstated LHP Danny Coulombe from the paternity list and optioned RHP Beau Burrows to St. Paul. … The White Sox recalled RHP Matt Foster from Triple-A Charlotte to serve as their 27th player.UP NEXTMinnesota RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 5.45) faces Chicago LHP Dallas Keuchel (7-3, 4.25) on Tuesday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Rodón dominates through 7, White Sox blank Astros 4-0

Rodón dominates through 7, White Sox blank Astros 4-0

Carlos Rodón allowed one hit through seven dominant innings, Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers and the Chicago White Sox topped the Houston Astros 4-0By MATT CARLSON Associated PressJuly 18, 2021, 10:15 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCHICAGO — Carlos Rodón allowed one hit through seven dominant innings, Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers and the Chicago White Sox topped the Houston Astros 4-0 on Sunday.Danny Mendick and Adam Engel added RBI singles, and the White Sox stymied Astros hitters for the second straight game after losing their first five this season to Houston — and being outscored 34-9 in those contests. Chicago has won seven of eight to move to the top of the American League standings.After Lucas Giolito tossed a three-hitter on Saturday for the White Sox, Rodón followed up with a statement of his own.”We needed to take this series and prove that we’re just as good as them,” Rodón said. “It’s something we can build off of.“I felt good coming into today,” he added. “I’m just trying to give the team some confidence out there and attack the hitters.”Abraham Toro’s sharp single past Mendick at second in the third inning was the only hit off Rodón (8-3) and accounted for Houston’s only baserunner. The big left-hander struck out 10 in this meeting of division leaders.“We all noticed from the first pitch to the first hitter, he was coming at it with his best stuff, very aggressive,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Impressive, amazing, much needed.”Rodón, who tossed a no-hitter against Cleveland on April 14, was on the AL All-Star team but didn’t pitch in the game Tuesday in Denver. He seemed to have plenty of strength in this one, reaching velocities in the upper 90s before Michael Kopech relieved and pitched a perfect eighth.Although honored to be there, Rodón said not pitching in the All-Star game was “part of the plan.”“I needed that for my body and I think it will do it well over the second half,” he said.Liam Hendriks finished with a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the combined one-hitter.“It was a rather uneventful game for us,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It was all Rodón.“We’ve run into some real good pitching the last couple of days. It’s no secret they have one of the best pitching staffs and starting pitching in baseball.”Framber Valdez (5-2) yielded four runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two.Mendick’s single with two outs in the second, the first hit of the game, drove in the first run.Moncada’s solo shot in the fourth made it 2-0. It was his sixth homer and first since June 3.Anderson homered into the visitors’ bullpen in right for the second straight game in the fifth. Engel drove in a run with a seventh-inning single.O-KRodon reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time this season and 11th time in his career.LONG DUELJosé Altuvé battled Rodón though a 10-pitch at-bat before flying to center for the third out in the sixth.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Pedro Báez (shoulder soreness) will make a second rehab outing with Class A Fayetteville on Sunday, then travel to Houston to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, Baker said. Báez could then be assigned to Triple-A Sugar Land. … INF Aledmys Díaz (fractured left hand) will move from the rookie level Gulf Coast League to Double-A Corpus Christi next week to continue his rehab.UP NEXTAstros: Cleveland RHP J.C. Mejia (1-4, 7.42 ERA) is expected to face RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.59) in Houston on Monday.White Sox: Chicago hosts Minnesota in a doubleheader Monday. The Twins start RHP Griffin Jax (1-1, 8.66) in the first game and RHP José Berrios (7-3, 3.48) in the second.AL ERA leader Lance Lynn (9-3, 1.99) will start the first game for the White Sox, his first outing since signing a two-year, $38 million contract extension. La Russa said he hadn’t decided on a starter for the second game, but said RHP Reynaldo López (0-0, 0.00) was in the mix.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Giolito tosses 3-hitter as White Sox pound Astros 10-1

Giolito tosses 3-hitter as White Sox pound Astros 10-1

CHICAGO — Lucas Giolito said he wanted to “come out with a vengeance” in his first start after the All-Star break.The Houston Astros felt the wrath of the Chicago White Sox ace right hander.Giolito pitched a three-hitter, José Abreu launched a three-run homer and the White Sox beat the Astros 10-1 on Saturday night.Tim Anderson, Zack Collins and rookies Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger also went deep as the White Sox broke out against the Astros after dropping the first five games in the season series by a combined 34-9 score.“I didn’t really like my first half,” Giolito said. “Today was really a good launching point for flipping the switch.“I thought I was convicted behind each and every pitch tonight, even the ones that didn’t go my way.”Most did.Giolito (8-6) struck out eight and walked none while throwing 107 pitches in his fifth career complete game. After Michael Brantley doubled with one out in the first, Giolito retired 22 in a row before Abraham Toro homered with two outs in the eighth.None of Houston’s first 16 outs against Giolito came on grounders. All were on fly balls, popups or strikeouts until Jose Altuve chopped the ball to third baseman Yoán Moncada for the final out of the Houston sixth.“Lucas, he was nasty, man,” manager Tony La Russa said. “I think from the first pitch his stuff was electric.”Anderson had three hits in the matchup of AL division leaders, and Burger’s seventh-inning solo shot was his first career homer.And the White Sox wanted to make a statement after the Astros had manhandled them through their first five meetings.“We definitely needed that one,” Anderson said. “For us to go out and put up 10, hopefully we started something up.”Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-5) permitted four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He entered with a 1.04 ERA is his previous five outings, but was out of kilter in one.“I just couldn’t find a consistent slot today,” Odorizzi said. “Not establishing fastball command was really the reason today. Just one of those days.”Collins and Anderson went deep on consecutive pitches from Odorizzi with one out in the third. Both homers may have been boosted from a steady breeze that was blowing out, but Odorizzi made mistakes on both pitches.“He really got hurt on the first couple of homers,” manager Dusty Baker said. “They were up over the plate and they didn’t miss them.“I guess it was their night. We had beaten them five in a row.”Sheets made it 6-0 with a two-run drive off Brandon Bielak in the fifth, and Abreu’s 16th homer was a three-run shot to left against Joe Smith in the sixth.MOVING UPAbreu’s homer was No. 214 for his career, moving him into a tie for fourth place with Carlton Fisk on the franchise list.STAYING ON THE SOUTH SIDEThe White Sox and All-Star right-hander Lance Lynn agreed to a $38 million, two-year contract extension. The 34-year-old Lynn is 9-3 with an AL-best 1.99 ERA in 16 starts in his first season with Chicago.“There’s no point in going into free agency if you know where you want to be,” Lynn said. “They’ve put together a winner here. That’s what I want to be part of and help to kind of push it over the top to get a championship.”Lynn will make $18.5 million in each of the next two seasons. The White Sox have an $18 million option for 2024 with a $1 million buyout.MOUNTAIN RECHARGEGiolito said he and he wife took a trip to Lake Tahoe to get away from baseball during the All-Star break. Then the couple hung out with their pets and Giolito said he “came back here ready to go.”Baker agreed.“He was getting the ball and he was rushing us,” Baker said. “He had his tempo up and his timing together.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: Baker hopes RHP Zack Greinke (shoulder soreness) will be able to start Monday against Cleveland. Greinke was removed after four innings in his last start, on July 10 against the Yankees. … INF Aledmys Díaz (fractured left hand) started a rehab stint in the rookie level Gulf Coast League on Saturday. … RHP Pedro Báez (shoulder soreness) is scheduled to pitch Sunday at Houston’s Low-A affiliate in Fayetteville, North Carolina.White Sox: Manager Tony La Russa said RHP Evan Marshall (strained right elbow) has resumed throwing the ball, but not off the mound or in the bullpen. There’s no timetable for his return.UP NEXTHouston LHP Framber Valdez (5-1, 2.98 ERA) faces Chicago LHP Carlos Rodón (7-3, 2.31 ERA) on Sunday afternoon. Rodón was on the AL All-Star team, but didn’t pitch Tuesday in Denver.

Hendricks wins 9th straight, Wisdom HR, Cubs beat Cards 10-5

Hendricks wins 9th straight, Wisdom HR, Cubs beat Cards 10-5

Kyle Hendricks won his ninth straight decision, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer and Chicago Cubs pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5By MATT CARLSON Associated PressJuly 9, 2021, 11:54 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks won his ninth straight decision, Patrick Wisdom hit a two-run homer and Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 on Friday afternoon.Kris Bryant drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double to start Chicago’s five-run burst in the seventh inning before Wisdom went deep against his former team.Joc Pederson doubled twice, including a three-run hit in the first. Chicago won for the second time in three games following an 11-game losing streak.Bryant didn’t start for a second straight game because of a strained right hamstring, but hit the first pitch he saw from Junior Fernández to the wall in left filed with the bases loaded. The All-Star came home when Wisdom connected for his 12th homer to make it 9-2.“KB staying ready, we talked about using him in the right situation and it doesn’t get much better than that,” manager David Ross said. “Facing Kris Bryant with the bases loaded in Wrigley Field is usually going to play out in our favor.”Hendricks (11-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while walking one and hitting a batter.Hendricks, one of the Cubs’ few bright spots as they’ve tumbled below .500, had won eight straight starts before no-decisions in his previous two outings.“I felt good overall, maybe not my best, but I’ve still got to stick with the process,” said the workman-like righty. “I was really good mentally and I did execute some pitches.”Hendricks attributes his consistency to fine-tuning his command.“There definitely were some adjustments that had to be made,” he said. “I finally got my fastball at the bottom of the zone, and that’s changed a lot, and I’ve been pitching inside better.”The 31-year-old right-hander helped out in the field, too. Hendricks snared Dylan Carlson’s comeback liner to start the fifth, then jumped high off the mound rob Tyler O’Neill of a single to end the inning.Carlson had three hits and Paul DeJong had a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the ninth for the Cardinals, who have lost four of six. Starter Wade LeBlanc (0-2) allowed three runs on five hits in three innings before manager Mike Shildt turned to seven relievers“We staved them off and played in traffic, got out of traffic … all the way to the seventh,” Shildt said. “Do that after a while and sometimes you get burned.”“We just weren’t able to get close to get the back-end guys in the game,” he said.Javier Báez started at shortstop for the Cubs after missing two games with a right thumb sprain. O’Neill was in left field for the Cardinals after a right pinkie injury and a food allergy reaction limited him to two plate appearances over the past week.The Cubs loaded the bases in the first and Pederson cleared them with two outs when Carlson slid and couldn’t hang onto a sinking liner in right field.The Cardinals cut it to 3-2 in the third on singles by O’Neill and Yadier Molina with two outs.Ian Happ’s pinch-hit single in the Chicago fourth made it 4-2. Jason Heyward added an RBI in the eighth.GRABBY FANAn middle-aged fan reached well over the sidewall in Wrigley Field’s tight right-field corner and caught Paul Goldschmidt’s fly with his glove in the first inning as Heyward closed in. Goldschmidt was ruled out on fan interference despite a challenge from the Cardinals.SHAKY DEBUTThe Cardinals signed RHP Luis García signed to a free agent contract on Friday, then brought in the veteran 34-year-old to start fourth. García hit the first batter he faced, Willson Contreras, in the helmet with an 0-2 pitch. Contreras remained in the game behind the plate.St. Louis optioned RHP Johan Oviedo to Triple-A Memphis to make room on the roster.CUBS ROSTER MOVELHP Kyle Ryan was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and allowed three runs in the ninth. RHP Cory Abbott was optioned to the farm team.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: Transferred HP Carlos Martínez (torn right thumb ligament) to the 60-day IL.Cubs: RHP Ryan Tepera (left calf strain) got two outs in the seventh after being activated from the 10-day IL. … LHP Brad Wieck (irregular heartbeat) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 7.UP NEXTCardinals RHP Kwang Hyun Kim (3-5, 3.39) faces Cubs RHP Zach Davies (5-5, 4.28) on Saturday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Miller hits 3 HRs, Phillies rout reeling Cubs 8-0

Miller hits 3 HRs, Phillies rout reeling Cubs 8-0

CHICAGO — Brad Miller hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, and the Philadelphia Phillies routed the sinking Chicago Cubs 8-0 on Thursday night.Miller hit a solo drive in the third inning and added two-run homers in the fifth and seventh innings.With a chance at joining the other 18 players who have hit a record four home runs in a game, Miller popped up in the ninth. He grounded out in his first at-bat.Manager Joe Girardi wanted to get the left-handed batting Miller, a utility man and pinch-hitting specialist, in the lineup against Cubs right-handed starter Adbert Alzolay. Miller started at first base while Rhys Hoskins got the night off.“We just liked the matchup and he came up really big for us,” Girardi said.Miller hadn’t homered since June 6 and began the day with six home runs this season. The 31-year-old infielder broke out with his 14th career multi-homer game and his parents in the stands at Wrigley Field — he now has 104 homers in nine big league seasons.“It was really special,” Miller said. “I felt like I was dreaming.”Miller has been working with the Phillies hitting coaches after a tough June when he had just two hits and walked nine times in 43 plate appearances over 20 games.“To turn the page and being able to contribute was really nice,” Miller said. “I need to take that mindset in there to do damage and drive the ball.”And drive the ball Miller did.“None were cheap shots,” Phillies starter Zach Eflin said. “He crushed all of them.”Eflin (4-6) settled into pitch six solid innings as the Phillies took three of four games at Wrigley. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto scored on a double steal.The Cubs lost for the 12th time in 13 and dropped to 43-45 as they struggled at the plate without injured stars Kris Bryant and Javier Báez.It was 24th time a Phillies batter hit three homers in a contest and the first since Jayson Werth tagged Toronto for three in May 2008.Miller homered early to left-center off Alzolay (4-9), who lost his fifth straight start.Cubs manager David Ross said Alzolay’s lack of execution, not lack of stuff did in the righty — especially against Miller.“A little bit of command issues, especially fastball command from my view,” Ross said.Miller turned on Alzolay’s 0-2 pitch the next time up for a drive deep down right field line that made it 4-0. Miller launched the first pitch he saw from reliever Cory Abbott in the seventh off Wrigley’s right-field message board.Eflin scattered five hits while striking out five and walking one.Chicago couldn’t muster much against Eflin after ending an 11-game losing streak, its longest since 2012, on Wednesday with an 8-3 win. The Cubs were in a first-place tie in the NL Central on June 24 when starter Zach Davies front-ended a combined no-hitter over the Dodgers.The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second when Realmuto plowed home on a double steal.GOOD BUYBecause of their slide, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer acknowledged Thursday the team could be a seller rather than a buyer going into the July 30 trade deadline.Bryant, Báez and Anthony Rizzo are set to become free agents after this season. Hoyer hinted that, barring a resurgence, the club’s marquee names might available if the deal is right.“I think turnover is inevitable,” Hoyer said. “We’ve probably been as stable as anyone, but at some point there is going to have to be some turnover with the roster, in part because we’re not seeing the results we need to.”“When you’re at this moment and your playoff odds get into single digits at this time of the year, you have to keep one eye on the future,” he said. “You’d have to be irresponsible to not take those phone calls and think through them.”TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: INF/OF Bryant (strained right hamstring) and SS Báez (right thumb sprain) are out day-to-day. Manager David Ross said RHP Ryan Tepera (left calf strain) is on schedule to come off the 10-day IL on Friday.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (3-3, 4.50) faces Boston RHP Garrett Richards (4-5, 4.88) at Fenway Park on Friday night.Cubs: Ace RHP Kyle Hendricks (10-4, 3.83) takes the mount against St. Louis LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 4.24) in a Friday afternoon game at Wrigley.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cubs top Phillies, Wheeler 8-3 to end 11-game slide

Cubs top Phillies, Wheeler 8-3 to end 11-game slide

CHICAGO — Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson and Nico Hoerner each had two hits and an RBI to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 on Wednesday night, ending an 11-game losing streak.The Cubs raced to an early five-run lead off All-Star Zack Wheeler and then added on to halt their longest skid since a 12-game slide in May 2012. Chicago had been winless since Zach Davies and three relievers combined to no-hit the Dodgers in Los Angeles on June 24.“It feels good,” Rizzo said. “We’re at the highest level of the game and we’re competitors and we all compete at everything. You lose 11 in a row or 10 or whatever and it just sucked.“To win is a good feeling. It’s the feeling you want.”Patrick Wisdom added a two-run double in Chicago’s three-run sixth inning after replacing third baseman Kris Bryant, who left in the fourth with right hamstring tightness. Bryant is out day-to-day, manager David Ross said.Ross thought the Cubs might have picked up offensively where they left off Tuesday when they started scoring late in a 15-10 loss to Philadelphia.“You get a little bit of momentum from last night and it started to carry over,” Ross said. “A lot of guys were just staying up the middle, using the big part of the field and good things happen against a really good pitcher.”This time, the Cubs pitched much better themselves.Alec Mills (4-2) allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings after Philadelphia clobbered Cubs pitchers for 28 runs in the first two games of the series.Mills shut out the Phillies through the first five innings before Bryce Harper doubled in a run and Andrew McCutchen followed with a two-run drive in the sixth for his second homer in two nights.Wheeler (6-5) yielded seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on a cool, drizzly night at Wrigley Field. The hard-throwing right-hander entered on a dominant run, having allowed no runs in his last two starts and just three in his last five — all in a game to Washington on June 22.Chicago scored three unearned runs off Wheeler in the first on an error and soft four soft singles, including consecutive RBI bloops with two outs by Jason Heyward, Hoerner and Rafael Ortega.“That’s what you’re shooting for is weak contact,” Wheeler said. “That’s frustrating for sure.“Sometimes that the way the ball rolls. Tonight wasn’t very fun.”Following a 12-minute rain delay, the Cubs upped their lead to 5-0 in the second. Rizzo’s triple to the right-field corner — the first hard hit off Wheeler — knocked in the first run.After the Phillies cut it to 5-3 in the sixth, the Cubs replied with three runs in the bottom half on a single by Pederson and Wisdom’s double to the left field corner.OVERTURNEDThe Cubs benefitted from two video reviews that overturned plays.Bryant initially was called out at second base in the first after Willson Contreras lined to second baseman Jean Segura and Segura flipped the ball to shortstop Didi Gregorius, who sprinted across the bag for an apparent inning-ending double playBut Bryant was ruled safe after the review showed he dived back to the base before Gregorius stepped on it. The Cubs went on to score three runs.“We gave them the extra out and it turned into three runs,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “The hardest ball hit was an out that inning.”In the sixth, Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm was called safe at second after Wisdom’s fielding error. But Bohm was ruled out to end the inning when video showed he lost contact with the bag on his slide as Hoerner swiped him.ARRIETA TO ILThe Cubs placed struggling right-hander Jake Arrieta on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right hamstring tightness and recalled righty Cory Abbott from Triple-A Iowa.Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, is 0-5 with a 9.67 ERA in eight starts since winning at Pittsburgh on May 25. In a 15-10 loss the Phillies on Tuesday, lasted just 1 2/3 innings for his second straight outing and yielded seven runs and six hits.For the season, Arrieta is 5-9 with a 6.30 ERA in 17 starts. Manager David Ross said a stint on the IL will give the 35-year-old a chance to address the hamstring issue that has been bothering him since late May.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: SS Javier Báez, who leads the Cubs with 21 homers, was a last-minute scratch with a sprained right thumb. He’s out day to day. Sergio Alcántara took Báez’s place.UP NEXTPhillies RHP Zach Eflin (3-6, 4.13 ERA) faced Cubs RHP Albert Alzolay (4-8, 4.48 ERA) in the series finale on Thursday night.

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