Báez's pinch-hit single lifts Cubs over Phillies 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) The heart of the Chicago Cubs' lineup, including a taped-up Javier Baez, proved to be too much for the Philadelphia Phillies and their tired bullpen.

Baez's pinch-hit single capped a two-run, ninth-inning rally and lifted the Cubs over Philadelphia 3-2 on Tuesday night to stop the Phillies' four-game winning streak.

Baez didn't start for a second straight game because of a jammed right heel, but the 2018 NL MVP runner-up came through immediately off the bench with the game on the line.

''I'm impressed, but not surprised,'' said Kris Bryant, who had three hits and used his speed to slide home with two runs. ''He's been doing stuff like that the last couple of years. Thankfully, he was up there in that situation to win the game like that.''

Chicago trailed 2-1 starting the ninth, but Juan Nicasio (0-2) walked Bryant leading off, Anthony Rizzo doubled and, after Willson Contreras hit a shallow flyout, Jason Heyward was intentionally walked.

Bryant scored when Albert Almora Jr. hit a chopper toward first, and Nicasio's underhand toss to catcher J.T. Realmuto was late, a call upheld by a video review. Baez, lined Nicasio's first pitch to right over a drawn-in infield.

Manager Joe Maddon said he was saving Baez for the moment, even if the injured star might not be able to play in the field after batting for second baseman Daniel Descalso. Cubs head athletic trainer had told Maddon at the start of the inning that Baez was getting taped up and would be available to bat.

''If you don't do it, how do you play defense after that? But a lot of time I don't worry about that stuff,'' Maddon said.

Kyle Ryan (1-1) got two outs for the win.

Nicasio earned his first save by getting the final two outs in the Phillies' 5-4 win in 10 innings on Monday night. Manager Gabe Kapler was forced to go with Nicasio again after Hector Neris tossed an inning on Monday and Seranthony Dominguez pitched two.

''The way he's been throwing the ball, we felt confident he could get the job done,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper went 0 for 4, dropping his average to .224, and failed to reach base at Wrigley Field for the first time in 19 games at the iconic ballpark. Jean Segura doubled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Running on the pitch from second base, Bryant raced home to score in the first inning when Contreras grounded to shortstop. Bryant slid home ahead of first baseman Rhys Hoskins' throw.

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run single in the seventh off Brandon Kintzler to put the Phillies ahead.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana allowed two hits in six shutout innings, leaving after 100 pitches. Philadelphia's Zach Eflin settled down after a 32-pitch first inning that included three walks and allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

CUBS CLOSER CONCERNS

Maddon said he's prepared to finish the season without a designated closer, as long as RHP Pedro Strop returns effectively from a strained left hamstring and RHP Carl Edwards Jr. rounds back into his 2018 form. Edwards was charged with Philadelphia's two runs. RHP Brandon Morrow, who had 22 saves last year before getting hurt in July, has started to throw of flat ground.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Kapler said RHP Vince Velasquez (right forearm strain) threw an effective side session on Monday and is on track of a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Cubs: Baez (jammed right heel) didn't start for the second game after starting the first 44. Before the game Maddon said Baez's heel was still sore and he will be checked to make sure the injury isn't more significant. Baez was hurt fielding a grounder in the third inning on Sunday and exited in the sixth.

UP NEXT

Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.13) makes his first start against the Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Phillies drafted Hamels and he won 114 games for the Phillies before he was traded to Texas in July 2015. Phillies rookie LHP Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77) won his first two starts after his recall from Triple-A.

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  • W: K. Ryan (1-1)L: J. Nicasio (0-2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS30100102.318.363.484.8473.0
B. Harper RF40000012.224.360.454.814-0.5
R. Hoskins 1B20000200.251.380.509.8892.0
J. Realmuto C40000003.270.326.442.7682.0
C. Hernandez 2B40100011.309.372.469.8410.5
S. Kingery CF41100012.375.432.6501.0822.5
M. Franco 3B41100001.229.298.412.7103.0
Z. Eflin P20100000.176.176.176.3531.0
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J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Eflin in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40000104.217.335.391.7271.0
K. Bryant 3B42300101.275.402.556.9577.0
A. Rizzo 1B41100103.256.378.531.9094.0
W. Contreras C50110004.317.419.6121.0312.0
J. Heyward RF30000202.239.344.394.7382.0
A. Almora CF40110112.276.317.418.7352.5
D. Descalso 2B40000015.209.281.322.603-0.5
a- J. Baez PH10110000.323.362.597.9592.0
A. Russell SS30100100.259.333.407.7412.0
J. Quintana P10000000.056.056.056.1110.0
b- M. Zagunis PH10100000.265.342.353.6951.0
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X. Cedeno P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Descalso in the 9th
  • b-singled for Quintana in the 6th
  • c-singled for Kintzler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (10), S. Kingery (5), M. Franco (10)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura 2 (2), B. Harper, J. Realmuto 2 (2), S. Kingery, P. Gosselin
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (13), A. Rizzo (9)
  • SH - J. Quintana (2)
  • RBI - W. Contreras (30), A. Almora (14), J. Baez (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 3 (3), K. Bryant, A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Heyward, D. Descalso 5 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto (2)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Contreras (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin6.06114202.761.1511.0
E. Garcia (H, 1)0.21000005.142.14-1.0
J. Alvarez (H, 3)1.11001004.421.471.0
J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.12222004.091.59-11.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin6.0
E. Garcia (H, 1)0.2
J. Alvarez (H, 3)1.1
J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana6.02003403.301.2218.0
C. Edwards (H, 3)0.222200011.051.50-4.0
B. Kintzler (BS, 1)1.11000003.180.842.0
X. Cedeno0.11000000.003.50-1.0
K. Ryan (W, 1-1)0.20000104.601.347.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana6.0
C. Edwards (H, 3)0.2
B. Kintzler (BS, 1)1.1
X. Cedeno0.1
K. Ryan (W, 1-1)0.2
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Alvarez
  • IBB - J. Nicasio (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 104-62, E. Garcia 9-6, J. Alvarez 24-15, J. Nicasio 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-9, J. Alvarez 4-0, J. Nicasio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, E. Garcia 3, J. Alvarez 6, J. Nicasio 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 100-59, C. Edwards 18-12, B. Kintzler 16-13, X. Cedeno 10-5, K. Ryan 11-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-7, C. Edwards 2-0, B. Kintzler 2-2, X. Cedeno 1-0, K. Ryan 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 23, C. Edwards 4, B. Kintzler 5, X. Cedeno 2, K. Ryan 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS30100102.318.363.484.8473.0
B. Harper RF40000012.224.360.454.814-0.5
R. Hoskins 1B20000200.251.380.509.8892.0
J. Realmuto C40000003.270.326.442.7682.0
C. Hernandez 2B40100011.309.372.469.8410.5
S. Kingery CF41100012.375.432.6501.0822.5
M. Franco 3B41100001.229.298.412.7103.0
Z. Eflin P20100000.176.176.176.3531.0
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J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Eflin in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40000104.217.335.391.7271.0
K. Bryant 3B42300101.275.402.556.9577.0
A. Rizzo 1B41100103.256.378.531.9094.0
W. Contreras C50110004.317.419.6121.0312.0
J. Heyward RF30000202.239.344.394.7382.0
A. Almora CF40110112.276.317.418.7352.5
D. Descalso 2B40000015.209.281.322.603-0.5
a- J. Baez PH10110000.323.362.597.9592.0
A. Russell SS30100100.259.333.407.7412.0
J. Quintana P10000000.056.056.056.1110.0
b- M. Zagunis PH10100000.265.342.353.6951.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Descalso in the 9th
  • b-singled for Quintana in the 6th
  • c-singled for Kintzler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (10), S. Kingery (5), M. Franco (10)
  • RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura 2 (2), B. Harper, J. Realmuto 2 (2), S. Kingery, P. Gosselin
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (13), A. Rizzo (9)
  • SH - J. Quintana (2)
  • RBI - W. Contreras (30), A. Almora (14), J. Baez (32)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 3 (3), K. Bryant, A. Rizzo 2 (2), J. Heyward, D. Descalso 5 (5)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto (2)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Contreras (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin6.06114202.761.1511.0
E. Garcia (H, 1)0.21000005.142.14-1.0
J. Alvarez (H, 3)1.11001004.421.471.0
J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.12222004.091.59-11.0
Total8.11033720---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin6.0
E. Garcia (H, 1)0.2
J. Alvarez (H, 3)1.1
J. Nicasio (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana6.02003403.301.2218.0
C. Edwards (H, 3)0.222200011.051.50-4.0
B. Kintzler (BS, 1)1.11000003.180.842.0
X. Cedeno0.11000000.003.50-1.0
K. Ryan (W, 1-1)0.20000104.601.347.5
Total9.0622350---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana6.0
C. Edwards (H, 3)0.2
B. Kintzler (BS, 1)1.1
X. Cedeno0.1
K. Ryan (W, 1-1)0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Alvarez
  • IBB - J. Nicasio (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 104-62, E. Garcia 9-6, J. Alvarez 24-15, J. Nicasio 20-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-9, J. Alvarez 4-0, J. Nicasio 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 28, E. Garcia 3, J. Alvarez 6, J. Nicasio 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 100-59, C. Edwards 18-12, B. Kintzler 16-13, X. Cedeno 10-5, K. Ryan 11-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-7, C. Edwards 2-0, B. Kintzler 2-2, X. Cedeno 1-0, K. Ryan 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 23, C. Edwards 4, B. Kintzler 5, X. Cedeno 2, K. Ryan 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Baez singled to shallow right, Rizzo scored, Heyward to third, Almora to second23
    Almora reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third, Heyward to second22
  • 7TH INNING
    McCutchen singled to center, Kingery and Franco scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Contreras grounded out to shortstop, Bryant scored, Rizzo to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Xavier Cedeno pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kingery doubled to deep left
    • Kyle Ryan relieved Xavier Cedeno
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Franco grounded out to third
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Jose Alvarez
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gosselin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rizzo doubled to deep right, Bryant to third
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras flied out to right
    • J. Heyward: Heyward intentionally walked
    • A. Almora: Foul, Almora reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third, Heyward to second
    • Javier Baez hit for Daniel Descalso
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to shallow right, Rizzo scored, Heyward to third, Almora to second
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Kintzler Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hoskins flied out to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Realmuto popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Alvarez Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to second
    • D. Descalso: Descalso grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Russell walked
    • David Bote hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bote reached on an infield single to third, Russell to second
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to shallow left
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Kingery reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco doubled to deep left, Kingery to third
    • Odubel Herrera hit for Zach Eflin
    • O. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Carl Edwards
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen singled to center, Kingery and Franco scored
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Garcia pitching
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to left
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Contreras flied out to center
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Edgar Garcia
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Bryant to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Realmuto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso lined out to second
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Ball, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • Mark Zagunis hit for Jose Quintana
    • M. Zagunis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zagunis reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Schwarber flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco flied out to deep center
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Eflin singled to shallow center
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen fouled out to catcher
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura reached on fielder's choice to third, Eflin out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to third
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Heyward grounded out to third
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Strike looking, Realmuto reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hoskins out at second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Ball, Realmuto stole second, Realmuto to third on catcher Contreras throwing error, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kingery lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Russell flied out to deep center
    • J. Quintana: Quintana grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Bryant doubled to deep left, Schwarber to third
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Rizzo flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Strike looking, Eflin lined out to right
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo flied out to center
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras singled to shallow center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward lined out to right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora singled to center, Contreras to second
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Descalso popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Franco lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell singled to left
    • J. Quintana: Quintana hit sacrifice bunt to first, Russell to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Schwarber popped out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant popped out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • A. McCutchen: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen lined out to left
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura doubled to shallow left
    • B. Harper: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant singled to center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop, Bryant scored, Rizzo to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked, Rizzo to third, Heyward to second
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)