Lackey pitches Cubs past Braves 2-0

CHICAGO (AP) Asked about the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field, John Lackey smiled. It was one of those seen-it-all grins that arrive after years in the majors.

''If it's blowing in here, yeah, you use it,'' he said.

He used it quite well on Friday.

Lackey pitched seven crisp innings, Javier Baez's daring baserunning paid off again and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 for their fifth straight win.

Lackey (11-10) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none while improving to 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old right-hander retired his last 16 batters after a second-inning single by Dansby Swanson.

''We were locating the ball pretty good,'' Lackey said. ''Tried to play the elements a little bit. Had the wind blowing in, which was nice. Doesn't happen all the time around here, so it was a good day to pitch.''

Anthony Rizzo added two more hits as NL Central-leading Chicago won for the 11th time in its last 14 games. The big first baseman hit .355 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in August, powering the Cubs to a 17-12 record and a major league-best 191 runs for the month.

Atlanta lost for the fifth time in seven games, wasting a solid start by Mike Foltynewicz (10-11). The right-hander, who is from the Chicago area, allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings in his fifth consecutive loss.

''Coming to Cubs territory, where 90 percent of my friends and family were Cubs fans ... it's just a fun time coming home,'' Foltynewicz said.

The Cubs grabbed the lead for good on another exciting trip around the bases for Baez.

The athletic infielder reached on a leadoff walk in the third and advanced on Lackey's sacrifice. After Ben Zobrist flied out to center, Kyle Schwarber hit a dribbler up the third-base line. Foltynewicz slid to get to the ball and made a strong throw to first, but Schwarber beat it out for an infield hit.

Running all the way, Baez tried for home and slid in safely ahead of catcher Kurt Suzuki's tag attempt. Baez stole home in Wednesday night's 17-3 victory over Pittsburgh, and he also made a perfect slide when he scored the winning run in a 6-5 victory against Toronto on Aug. 20.

''He sees things that mostly these other guys don't see in advance of the moment,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''He just has that quickness about his mind when it comes to a lot of things on the field.''

Rizzo doubled and scored on Ian Happ's single in the fourth, and that was more than enough for Lackey and three relievers. Pedro Strop and Brian Duensing worked the eighth before Wade Davis finished the four-hitter for his 28th save in 28 chances.

The Braves put together their best scoring opportunity in the first. Ender Inciarte hit a leadoff single and advanced on a wild pitch, but Lackey struck out Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp to end the inning.

Lackey ''got tougher as we went and his breaking ball was a better pitch for him,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''Just couldn't get anything going.''

SWEET SEPTEMBER

The Braves and Cubs each made a flurry of promotions on the first day of expanded rosters across the majors.

Atlanta recalled left-handers Rex Brothers and Max Fried and infielder Rio Ruiz from Triple-A Gwinnett. Catcher Tony Sanchez also was promoted to the major league club, and infielder Micah Johnson was designated for assignment.

The Braves acquired Sanchez when they traded infielder Brandon Phillips to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

The Cubs recalled catcher Victor Caratini and selected the contracts of infielder Mike Freeman and right-hander Dillon Maples from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handers Seth Frankoff and Jose Rosario were designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Luke Jackson and LHP Ian Krol were activated from the 10-day disabled list. Jackson had been sidelined by a right shoulder strain. Krol is coming back from a left oblique strain.

Cubs: RHP Justin Grimm was activated from the 10-day DL. Grimm had been sidelined by an infection in his right index finger. ... C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) ran the bases and threw before the game.

UP NEXT

Cubs left-hander Jon Lester returns from the disabled list when the series resumes on Saturday afternoon. Lester (8-7, 4.37 ERA) was placed on the DL on Aug. 18 with tightness in his left lat and general shoulder fatigue. Rookie right-hander Lucas Sims (2-4, 4.41 ERA) makes his seventh major league start for Atlanta. Sims is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last three outings.

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  • W: J. Lackey (11-10)L: M. Foltynewicz (10-11)S: W. Davis (28)
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N. Markakis RF30000010.280.359.397.757-0.5
K. Suzuki C30000000.254.331.512.8420.0
R. Ruiz 3B30200010.193.277.313.5902.5
D. Swanson SS30100001.230.313.332.6441.0
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  • a-grounded out for Minter in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist 2B40000002.231.317.379.6960.0
K. Schwarber LF30110000.200.311.444.7552.0
A. Almora CF10000000.287.335.402.7370.0
K. Bryant 3B30000101.291.409.535.9431.0
A. Rizzo 1B31200100.282.399.539.9385.0
I. Happ CF-LF30110121.253.328.519.8472.0
A. Avila C20000214.270.389.466.8551.5
J. Heyward RF40100016.258.317.378.6950.5
J. Baez SS21000103.269.313.480.7924.0
J. Lackey P10000002.149.200.170.3700.0
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P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Lackey in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Ruiz (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (30)
  • SH - J. Lackey (4)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (49), I. Happ (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 10-11)6.15223204.751.507.0
A. Minter0.20000004.500.750.0
J. Ramirez0.10001002.321.07-1.0
R. Brothers0.20002207.311.56-1.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 10-11)6.1
A. Minter0.2
J. Ramirez0.1
R. Brothers0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 11-10)7.03000504.741.3030.5
P. Strop (H, 18)0.21000003.331.17-1.0
B. Duensing (H, 11)0.10000002.361.110.0
W. Davis (S, 28)1.00001102.121.169.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 11-10)7.0
P. Strop (H, 18)0.2
B. Duensing (H, 11)0.1
W. Davis (S, 28)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Brothers
  • IBB - R. Brothers (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 113-67, A. Minter 7-5, J. Ramirez 10-6, R. Brothers 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 9-7, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 26, A. Minter 2, J. Ramirez 2, R. Brothers 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lackey (9)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 83-59, P. Strop 7-5, B. Duensing 3-1, W. Davis 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 5-11, P. Strop 2-0, B. Duensing 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 24, P. Strop 3, B. Duensing, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Inciarte CF40100001.309.350.410.7611.0
O. Albies 2B30000111.269.330.452.7820.5
F. Freeman 1B40000012.311.409.6021.011-0.5
M. Kemp LF40000021.288.333.468.800-1.0
N. Markakis RF30000010.280.359.397.757-0.5
K. Suzuki C30000000.254.331.512.8420.0
R. Ruiz 3B30200010.193.277.313.5902.5
D. Swanson SS30100001.230.313.332.6441.0
M. Foltynewicz P20000002.051.051.051.1030.0
A. Minter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Adams PH10000001.283.345.453.7980.0
J. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Minter in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist 2B40000002.231.317.379.6960.0
K. Schwarber LF30110000.200.311.444.7552.0
A. Almora CF10000000.287.335.402.7370.0
K. Bryant 3B30000101.291.409.535.9431.0
A. Rizzo 1B31200100.282.399.539.9385.0
I. Happ CF-LF30110121.253.328.519.8472.0
A. Avila C20000214.270.389.466.8551.5
J. Heyward RF40100016.258.317.378.6950.5
J. Baez SS21000103.269.313.480.7924.0
J. Lackey P10000002.149.200.170.3700.0
a- V. Caratini PH10000001.262.311.405.7160.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Lackey in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Ruiz (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (30)
  • SH - J. Lackey (4)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (49), I. Happ (52)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (20)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (9)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Foltynewicz (L, 10-11)6.15223204.751.507.0
A. Minter0.20000004.500.750.0
J. Ramirez0.10001002.321.07-1.0
R. Brothers0.20002207.311.56-1.0
Total8.0522640---
PITCHERSIP
M. Foltynewicz (L, 10-11)6.1
A. Minter0.2
J. Ramirez0.1
R. Brothers0.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 11-10)7.03000504.741.3030.5
P. Strop (H, 18)0.21000003.331.17-1.0
B. Duensing (H, 11)0.10000002.361.110.0
W. Davis (S, 28)1.00001102.121.169.5
Total9.0400160---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 11-10)7.0
P. Strop (H, 18)0.2
B. Duensing (H, 11)0.1
W. Davis (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Brothers
  • IBB - R. Brothers (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 113-67, A. Minter 7-5, J. Ramirez 10-6, R. Brothers 15-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 9-7, A. Minter 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 26, A. Minter 2, J. Ramirez 2, R. Brothers 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lackey (9)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 83-59, P. Strop 7-5, B. Duensing 3-1, W. Davis 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 5-11, P. Strop 2-0, B. Duensing 1-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 24, P. Strop 3, B. Duensing, W. Davis 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Happ singled to right center, Rizzo scored02
  • 3RD INNING
    Schwarber reached on an infield single to pitcher, Baez scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis relieved Brian Duensing
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Albies walked
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Albies out at second
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • Albert Almora in center
    • R. Ruiz: Ruiz doubled to left center
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • Lane Adams hit for A.J. Minter
    • L. Adams: Strike looking, Adams grounded out to third
    • Brian Duensing relieved Pedro Strop
    • E. Inciarte: Ball (pitchout), Ball, Inciarte grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Ramirez pitching
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Almora lined out to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • Rex Brothers relieved Jose Ramirez
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • I. Happ: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second on wild pitch, Happ intentionally walked
    • A. Avila: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul tip, Avila struck out on foul tip
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis struck out looking
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki lined out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heyward singled to center
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Baez grounded out to pitcher, Heyward to second
    • Victor Caratini hit for John Lackey
    • A.J. Minter relieved Mike Foltynewicz
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Caratini grounded out to first, Heyward to third
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Albies grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeman popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo singled to right center
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Avila grounded into double play shortstop to first, Rizzo out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Foltynewicz lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber flied out to center
    • K. Bryant: Bryant popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp popped out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis lined out to center
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Foul, Suzuki flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo doubled to deep right
    • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Foul, Happ singled to right center, Rizzo scored
    • A. Avila: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Avila walked, Happ to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Heyward fouled out to first
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Happ to third, Avila out at second
    • J. Lackey: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Baez stole second, Lackey grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Inciarte flied out to center
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to center
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman lined out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez walked
    • J. Lackey: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Lackey hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Baez to second
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber reached on an infield single to pitcher, Baez scored
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis lined out to left
    • K. Suzuki: Strike swinging, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • R. Ruiz: Ruiz singled to center
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to center, Ruiz to second
    • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foltynewicz grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Avila walked
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte singled to left
    • O. Albies: Ball, Inciarte to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Albies struck out on foul tip
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber flied out to center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)