Hamels helps Cubs beat Trout-less Angels 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels loves pitching at Wrigley Field.

No matter what the conditions are.

Hamels tossed eight sparkling innings, Willson Contreras homered twice and the Chicago Cubs cooled off the short-handed Los Angeles Angels with a 5-1 victory Friday.

With the wind blowing out at Chicago's iconic ballpark, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote also connected to help Chicago win for the third time in four games on its first homestand of the year. While the Cubs had a solid day at the plate, Hamels limited the Angels to Albert Pujols' second homer and four hits total.

''Nobody would want to pitch today in their right minds. He's just a competitive guy,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He loved coming over here last year. He wants to get back to the World Series and I think all those things you're seeing in a performance like today. Setting a great example for the rest of the group.''

Hamels (2-0) struck out six and walked none while improving to 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels. He also lowered his ERA in 13 starts at Wrigley to 1.61, the best such number for any player with at least 10 starts at the 105-year-old ballpark.

''There's just a serious comfort zone,'' Hamels said. ''To be able to have the type of crowds that I think I've been fortunate to be able to have with my starts here, even when I was a visiting team, there's tremendous energy and I think that really plays a serious part in what I do.''

The Angels had won six in a row. But they were once again without star center fielder Mike Trout, who missed his second straight game after he strained his right groin during the team's last homestand.

The two-time AL MVP visited Dr. Steve Yoon in Los Angeles, and general manager Billy Eppler said Trout will be re-evaluated on Sunday - taking him out of the Angels' first trip to Wrigley since 2016.

Pujols' fourth-inning drive was his 57th homer in 183 career games against Chicago, second only to his 58 longballs against Houston. But the Angels were unable to overcome a rough outing for Tyler Skaggs (1-2), who surrendered three long home runs in his four innings.

''Other than the home runs, I think he pitched very well, actually,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''The Cubs took advantage of a handful of mistakes and made him pay, but outside of those swings of the bat, I thought he was actually good.''

After Kris Bryant singled with one out in the first, Rizzo drove Skaggs' next pitch to the back of bleachers in right. Rizzo's third homer of the season traveled 472 feet, according to Statcast.

Contreras hit his fourth homer with two down, making it 3-0 with a drive to left that made it to Waveland Avenue.

''I thought like I was ready to go today,'' Skaggs said. ''Warm-up felt great, but I went out there and got touched up. It happens.''

Bote added his first homer of the season in the fourth, and Contreras went deep again in the sixth. Contreras' second homer of the day also reached the street beyond the wall in left.

HE'S BACK

The Cubs paid tribute to Tommy La Stella with a pregame video in his return to Chicago after he was traded to Los Angeles in November. The 30-year-old infielder played for Chicago for four seasons, helping the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.

''I had a lot of great times here with some really special people, so it's cool to be back and play here,'' La Stella said.

La Stella pinch-hit for Skaggs in the fifth inning and lined out to center.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Ausmus said he thought Shohei Ohtani was going to hit off a machine Friday. The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year had Tommy John surgery last October. Ohtani has been taking batting practice for a couple weeks. ''It's a baby step up,'' Ausmus said. The 24-year-old Ohtani isn't expected to pitch this year, but he could return to the Angels' lineup in May.

Cubs: C Victor Caratini was placed on the 10-day injured list after a CT scan confirmed he broke a bone in his left hand during Thursday night's victory over Pittsburgh. He is scheduled for surgery on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks. C Taylor Davis was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the roster. ... LHP Mike Montgomery (mild left lat strain) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Saturday. He likely will need at least one minor league rehab appearance before returning to the Cubs.

UP NEXT

Right-handers Chris Stratton and Kyle Hendricks get the ball on Saturday afternoon. Stratton (0-1, 6.48 ERA) picked up a no-decision in his second start for Los Angeles, allowing two runs in four-plus innings in the Angels' 7-2 victory over Texas on Sunday. Hendricks (0-2, 6.48 ERA) struggled in each of his first two outings, yielding 18 hits in 8 1/3 innings.

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  • W: C. Hamels (2-0)L: T. Skaggs (1-2)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (2), CHC - A. Rizzo (3), W. Contreras 2 (5), D. Bote (1)
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J. Lucroy C40100011.279.311.302.6130.5
T. Ward 3B30000021.167.167.333.500-1.0
K. Calhoun RF30000001.163.226.327.5530.0
Z. Cozart 2B30000001.030.086.061.1460.0
J. Jewell P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Skaggs in the 5th
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A. Almora CF40200002.250.286.250.5364.0
K. Bryant 3B31100111.231.333.365.6992.5
A. Rizzo 1B41121003.204.339.408.7477.0
J. Baez SS40000033.232.271.464.735-1.5
W. Contreras C42322010.333.463.8481.31212.5
D. Bote 2B41111011.304.385.522.9065.5
M. Zagunis RF40100020.316.316.474.7890.0
K. Schwarber LF40100011.208.269.417.6860.5
C. Hamels P30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Kintzler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Fletcher (2)
    • HR - A. Pujols (2)
    • RBI - A. Pujols (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons (7), Z. Cozart (7)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Rizzo (3), W. Contreras 2 (5), D. Bote
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (10), W. Contreras 2 (9), D. Bote (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora (5), J. Baez (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Almora (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Ward (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.07440734.201.27-0.5
    N. Ramirez2.22111311.350.903.5
    J. Jewell1.11000000.000.752.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.0
    N. Ramirez2.2
    J. Jewell1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 2-0)8.04110613.791.0032.0
    B. Kintzler1.00000004.050.603.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 2-0)8.0
    B. Kintzler1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 80-53, N. Ramirez 47-31, J. Jewell 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-5, N. Ramirez 2-1, J. Jewell 5-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 19, N. Ramirez 11, J. Jewell 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 106-73, B. Kintzler 10-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-5, B. Kintzler 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 28, B. Kintzler 3
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    A. Simmons SS40000011.216.231.314.544-0.5
    A. Pujols 1B41211000.239.333.391.7257.0
    J. Lucroy C40100011.279.311.302.6130.5
    T. Ward 3B30000021.167.167.333.500-1.0
    K. Calhoun RF30000001.163.226.327.5530.0
    Z. Cozart 2B30000001.030.086.061.1460.0
    J. Jewell P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    P. Bourjos CF30000010.042.080.042.122-0.5
    T. Skaggs P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    a- T. La Stella PH10000000.184.262.447.7090.0
    N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-lined out for Skaggs in the 5th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Almora CF40200002.250.286.250.5364.0
    K. Bryant 3B31100111.231.333.365.6992.5
    A. Rizzo 1B41121003.204.339.408.7477.0
    J. Baez SS40000033.232.271.464.735-1.5
    W. Contreras C42322010.333.463.8481.31212.5
    D. Bote 2B41111011.304.385.522.9065.5
    M. Zagunis RF40100020.316.316.474.7890.0
    K. Schwarber LF40100011.208.269.417.6860.5
    C. Hamels P30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fletcher (2)
      • HR - A. Pujols (2)
      • RBI - A. Pujols (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons (7), Z. Cozart (7)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Rizzo (3), W. Contreras 2 (5), D. Bote
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (10), W. Contreras 2 (9), D. Bote (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora (5), J. Baez (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Almora (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Ward (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.07440734.201.27-0.5
      N. Ramirez2.22111311.350.903.5
      J. Jewell1.11000000.000.752.0
      Total8.010551104---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 1-2)4.0
      N. Ramirez2.2
      J. Jewell1.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 2-0)8.04110613.791.0032.0
      B. Kintzler1.00000004.050.603.0
      Total9.0411061---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 2-0)8.0
      B. Kintzler1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 80-53, N. Ramirez 47-31, J. Jewell 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-5, N. Ramirez 2-1, J. Jewell 5-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 19, N. Ramirez 11, J. Jewell 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 106-73, B. Kintzler 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-5, B. Kintzler 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 28, B. Kintzler 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Contreras homered to left15
      • 4TH INNING
        Bote homered to left center14
        Pujols homered to left13
      • 1ST INNING
        Contreras homered to left03
        Rizzo homered to right center, Bryant scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Cole Hamels
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to catcher
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bourjos lined out to shortstop
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin grounded out to third
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Jewell Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Contreras reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • D. Bote: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bote grounded out to second, Contreras out at second
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Zagunis safe at first on 3rd baseman Ward fielding error
        • K. Schwarber: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ward struck out looking
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • C. Hamels: Strike swinging, Ball, Hamels popped out to third
        • A. Almora: Almora singled to right
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Almora stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo lined out to second
        • Jake Jewell pitching
        • Brian Goodwin in left field
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Foul, Baez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols singled to shallow left
        • J. Lucroy: Lucroy flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Contreras homered to left
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bote struck out looking
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zagunis struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cozart grounded out to third
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Tommy La Stella hit for Tyler Skaggs
        • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, La Stella lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Noe Ramirez pitching
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo fouled out to third
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols homered to left
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun lined out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Bote homered to left center
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zagunis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Schwarber reached on bunt single to pitcher, Zagunis to second
        • C. Hamels: Ball, Hamels lined out to center
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Almora popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bourjos flied out to deep center
        • T. Skaggs: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Skaggs struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher doubled to left center
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Almora reached on an infield single to third
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Rizzo flied out to center
        • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to left
        • T. Ward: Ball, Ward grounded out to pitcher, Lucroy to second
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to first, Lucroy to third
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Zagunis struck out looking
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to center
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora lined out to center
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Bryant singled to shallow left
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo homered to right center, Bryant scored
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Contreras homered to left
        • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bote flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)