Fiers had just one bad inning in the fifth when he allowed three doubles in four at-bats, leading to two runs. After issuing an intentional walk, Fiers finished off his final inning of work by getting Jonny Gomes to pop out.
"I definitely did [give the team a chance to win]," Fiers said to MLB.com. "No one's been hitting that guy [Miller] for a month now, so it was good to get on the board early and pitch with a lead early on. It just helped me a lot knowing I could go right after those guys and make pitches and make them put it in play."
Fiers, who remains 1-4, lowered his ERA to 4.63 in 46 1/3 innings of work this season. He will look to get back on track on Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Fiers was effective, as the two runs he gave up came via a groundout and a bunt single.
Fiers' next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Saturday in Atlanta.
The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings before allowing a run-scoring double to Tyler Flowers and a run-scoring single to Micah Johnson in the fifth inning. He was charged with two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-2 defeat. Of his 105 pitches, 70 were strikes.
Fiers has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. He will look for win No. 2 on Monday in Detroit. He is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA in two starts away from home this season.
After coming off a stellar start against the Cubs, in which he struck out 12 and earned his first win of the season,
Fiers (1-4) dealt with some control issues Thursday, as he walked a career-high five batters. He had walked four batters in a game three times. The right-hander allowed five runs and five hits, while striking out eight in five-plus innings.
Fiers held a 1-0 lead before Alexander Guerrero tied the game with a solo home run leading off the second inning. Adrian Gonzalez put Los Angeles ahead 3-1 with a two-RBI single in the third inning.
The game was tied at 3 heading into the sixth before Los Angeles broke open the game with four runs. Fiers allowed an RBI triple to Andre Ethier and an RBI single to Juan Uribe. He was pulled after allowing an Enrique Hernandez double, which allowed Uribe to get to third base. Uribe would eventually score three batters later.
Fiers is expected back on the mound Tuesday against the White Sox.
Fiers allowed one run on three hits over six innings, moving to 1-3 on the season.
"It's definitely a step in the right direction," Fiers said. "I think I was fine mentally before, but it's great to get a great start like this and get a good team win and move on from it so the next start I have that in the back of my mind that, 'Hey, I can still do this.'"
He struck out 12 and walked two.
"He pitched really well," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I know his numbers coming in weren't that glorious. But he has good stuff and knows what he's doing. He's a good pitcher and he had a good day against us."
Fiers threw 100 pitches, 65 strikes, and lowered his ERA to 4.74. His next start is scheduled for Thursday, against the Dodgers.
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