Hendricks helps Cubs avoid sweep with 2-1 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) After a forgettable April, Kyle Hendricks wrapped up a fabulous May with another strong start.

Hendricks pitched eight terrific innings, Kyle Schwarber homered for the second straight game and Kris Bryant added a solo shot in his return to the lineup to help the Chicago Cubs avoid a sweep with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Hendricks was 1-4 with a 5.33 ERA in five April starts before going 4-0 with a 1.81 ERA in six outings this month.

''When he gets on a roll, he normally stays on a roll,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He has that kinetic energy that he demonstrates. ... When he's sharp and he's starting to feel it, you just leave him alone.''

The game included a scary and jarring moment when a young fan sitting near third base was hit by a foul line drive off the bat of Albert Almora Jr. in the fourth inning. A photo taken by The Associated Press showed the girl apparently conscious and crying as she was whisked away and nearby fans looked on.

After the game, the Astros issued a statement saying the fan was taken to a hospital, but did not disclose any further details on her condition.

Almora, the Cubs' center fielder, and other players from both teams were visibly shaken by the scene.

Still upset after the game, a somber Almora said he received ''unofficial updates'' on the girl's condition but was advised not to share any details.

''Right now I'm just praying and I'm speechless,'' he said. ''I'm at loss of words. Being a father, two boys ... but God willing I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life. But just prayers right now and that's all I really can control.''

Hendricks (5-4) allowed four hits and one run with seven strikeouts for his fourth straight win. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Schwarber got things going for the Cubs with his second leadoff homer this season. He sent the third pitch from Wade Miley (5-3) into left-center for his 10th home run.

There were two outs in the third when Bryant, who missed the previous two games after an outfield collision with Jason Heyward on Sunday, homered to straightaway center field to make it 2-0.

After Almora hit a line drive into the stands down the third base line, where it hit the young girl, he immediately put his hands on his head and took a couple of steps toward the seats. He then fell to his knees near home plate and was consoled by Heyward and Maddon.

It took several minutes for Almora, who appeared to be crying, to compose himself and continue the at-bat.

The girl was picked up by a man who appeared to be with her and he dashed up the stairs not long after she was struck. After the fourth inning, Almora, who still appeared to be upset, approached a security guard in the stands near where the girl was sitting and spoke to the guard before the two embraced.

Alex Bregman doubled to start the Houston fourth before advancing to third on a single by Michael Brantley. The Astros cut the lead to 2-1 when Bregman scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick.

But the Astros had trouble stringing hits together apart from in that inning and went 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position as they played without injured stars Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa.

Houston manager AJ Hinch credited Hendricks for his team's tough night at the plate.

''His ability to change speeds is elite,'' Hinch said. ''His execution is up there with as good as we've seen this year. Just being able to throw the ball nearly exactly where he wants to. I haven't seen if he made any mistakes, but there weren't very many of them.''

Miley yielded six hits and two runs while striking out a season-high nine in seven innings. The loss ended his four-game winning streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Maddon said reliever Pedro Strop (hamstring) felt good after throwing one inning for Triple-A Iowa in the first game of his rehabilitation assignment. Strop is scheduled to throw another inning for Iowa on Thursday and could come off the injured list this weekend.

Astros: Correa is expected to be out four to six weeks after he says he fractured a rib during a massage at home. ''To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating,'' he said in a statement. INF-OF Myles Straw was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take Correa's spot on the roster. ... Altuve is out indefinitely after experiencing fatigue and soreness in his surgically repaired right leg. Hinch said Altuve will do strengthening exercises and rehabilitation as he works his way back.

HOMER HAPPY

Chicago has hit at least two homers in eight straight games, tying a franchise record last accomplished in 1961.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Yu Darvish starts Friday in the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis. Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA) allowed 12 hits and six runs in a season-high seven innings of an 8-6 win against the Reds last time out.

Astros: Begin a three-game series at Oakland on Friday when Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.19 ERA) is scheduled to pitch. Peacock struck out eight over six scoreless innings in his last start but did not get a decision.

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  • HR: CHC - K. Bryant (13), K. Schwarber (10)
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    A. Bregman SS41100000.270.393.571.9643.0
    M. Brantley DH30200100.330.386.547.9334.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B40000014.261.298.409.707-0.5
    J. Reddick RF30010000.311.360.424.7841.0
    R. Chirinos C30000001.236.371.457.8281.0
    T. White 1B40100031.220.304.303.6070.5
    T. Kemp 2B20000001.222.297.370.6671.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - K. Schwarber (10), K. Bryant (13)
      • RBI - K. Schwarber (21), K. Bryant (35)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 3 (3), A. Russell 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (8), M. Brantley (16), T. White (6)
      • SF - J. Reddick (4)
      • RBI - J. Reddick (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fisher, Y. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Chirinos, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • PB - W. Contreras (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Kemp-Bregman-White; Gurriel-Kemp-White)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (W, 5-4)8.04111703.091.1131.5
      S. Cishek (S, 5)1.00000103.001.0810.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (W, 5-4)8.0
      S. Cishek (S, 5)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (L, 5-3)7.06221923.251.1414.5
      C. Devenski1.01002204.791.451.0
      W. Harris1.00000100.950.893.5
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (L, 5-3)7.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Hendricks 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 108-73, S. Cishek 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 7-10, S. Cishek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 31, S. Cishek 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-66, C. Devenski 23-10, W. Harris 10-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 7-3, W. Harris 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 26, C. Devenski 6, W. Harris 3
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      K. Bryant DH41111022.283.403.576.9795.0
      A. Rizzo 1B40100022.289.404.589.9930.0
      J. Baez 3B30100101.307.350.573.9242.0
      W. Contreras C30000123.296.402.568.9700.0
      A. Almora CF40100012.253.297.426.7220.5
      J. Heyward RF40100003.239.346.409.7551.0
      A. Russell SS40000022.275.339.529.869-1.0
      D. Bote 2B30100010.279.361.478.8390.5
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        A. Bregman SS41100000.270.393.571.9643.0
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        Y. Gurriel 3B40000014.261.298.409.707-0.5
        J. Reddick RF30010000.311.360.424.7841.0
        R. Chirinos C30000001.236.371.457.8281.0
        T. White 1B40100031.220.304.303.6070.5
        T. Kemp 2B20000001.222.297.370.6671.0
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          BATTING
          • HR - K. Schwarber (10), K. Bryant (13)
          • RBI - K. Schwarber (21), K. Bryant (35)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant (20)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 3 (3), A. Russell 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (8), M. Brantley (16), T. White (6)
          • SF - J. Reddick (4)
          • RBI - J. Reddick (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fisher, Y. Gurriel 2 (2), R. Chirinos, J. Marisnick 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • PB - W. Contreras (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Kemp-Bregman-White; Gurriel-Kemp-White)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Hendricks (W, 5-4)8.04111703.091.1131.5
          S. Cishek (S, 5)1.00000103.001.0810.5
          Total9.0411180---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Hendricks (W, 5-4)8.0
          S. Cishek (S, 5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley (L, 5-3)7.06221923.251.1414.5
          C. Devenski1.01002204.791.451.0
          W. Harris1.00000100.950.893.5
          Total9.07223122---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley (L, 5-3)7.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          W. Harris1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Hendricks 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 108-73, S. Cishek 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 7-10, S. Cishek 1-1
          • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 31, S. Cishek 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 102-66, C. Devenski 23-10, W. Harris 10-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 7-3, W. Harris 1-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 26, C. Devenski 6, W. Harris 3
          • 4TH INNING
            Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Bryant homered to center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Schwarber homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Will Harris relieved Chris Devenski
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Almora grounded out to third
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Heyward flied out to center
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Steve Cishek relieved Kyle Hendricks
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick fouled out to catcher
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to pitcher
            • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, White struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Wade Miley
            • D. Bote: Bote singled to left
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked, Bote to second
            • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to deep center
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez walked, Bote to third, Schwarber to second
            • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fisher fouled out to third
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
            • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Heyward singled to left
            • A. Russell: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Russell flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kemp hit by pitch, Chirinos to second
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo singled to right center
            • J. Baez: Baez grounded into double play third to second to first, Rizzo out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
            • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bote struck out looking
            • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, White doubled to left center
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Kemp reached on fielder's choice to second, White out at third
            • J. Marisnick: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Marisnick flied out to deep center
            • D. Fisher: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Baez singled to center
            • Wi. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked, Baez to second
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
            • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Contreras out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to right, Bregman to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick hit sacrifice fly to center, Bregman scored
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • D. Bote: Bote flied out to left
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Bryant homered to center
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
            • J. Marisnick: Foul, Marisnick grounded out to third
            • D. Fisher: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora singled to left center
            • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Heyward grounded out to second, Almora to second
            • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick flied out to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber homered to left center
            • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • J. Baez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • K. Hendricks Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman popped out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Brantley doubled to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)