Lester, Cubs bounce back with 8-1 victory over Angels

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs sacrificed a day off and got some needed confidence in return.

Jon Lester returned to form, allowing one run in seven innings, and the Cubs' offense came alive in an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

Coming off three straight losses at St. Louis in which they scored six total runs, the Cubs broke loose with a five-run sixth inning. Javier Baez began the onslaught with a run-scoring double, one of his three RBIs, as Chicago picked up its second win in its past eight games.

''Especially when you come off a road trip like that, it's just nice to come home and kind of regroup and show up for work today and get a W,'' Lester said.

The game was a makeup of a contest scheduled for April 14 that was postponed because of inclement weather. Monday was an open date for both clubs.

Lester (4-4) was in control from the outset. The left-hander allowed four singles, walked one and struck out six, giving up his only run on a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lucroy in the seventh.

Lucroy's drive to the right-center field gap could have done more damage. But right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who was promoted from Triple-A Iowa before the game, made a diving catch on the warning track, nearly sliding headfirst into the ivy-covered wall.

''A huge, huge play in that game,'' Lester said. ''I'm glad he's on our side, I know that. He has been a Cub killer for a long time.''

In his previous three starts - all losses - Lester allowed 19 runs (16 earned) in 14 innings, increasing his ERA from 1.16 to 3.59. After Monday's effort, he's now at 3.32.

''Great game by Jon,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''And then Cargo (Gonzalez) making a really great first impression.''

Former Cub Trevor Cahill (2-6) was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in relief of opener Cam Bedrosian. Cahill has one win in his last nine appearances.

''Yeah, I've been concerned for a long time,'' Cahill said. ''But all I've got to do is just keep going, working, battling and try to get outs.''

The Cubs did their damage in the sixth against Cahill and two other relievers. After Baez doubled to drive in Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward had a two-run double, Addison Russell had a sacrifice fly and Kyle Schwarber singled to drive in a run. It was Chicago's biggest inning since May 17, when it scored five times in the eighth during a 14-6 win over Washington.

Baez and Willson Contreras homered off Luis Garcia in the seventh.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Baez's groundout.

CARGO ON THE GO

Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk in addition to his big catch.

''It was better than I expected, but not about my performance,'' Gonzalez said. ''Just being able to wear this uniform and be on the Cubs side is great. ... I'm looking forward to more days like this.''

The 33-year-old hit .210 with two homers, seven RBIs and 33 strikeouts in 30 games with Cleveland before he was designated for assignment on May 22. He agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs last week and was 2-for-8 with a home run in two games with Iowa.

Outfielder Jim Adducci was designated for assignment. He was hitless in five at-bats this season.

EMERGENCY WARD

The Angels recalled utility player Taylor Ward from Triple-A Salt Lake to assist an undermanned infield. He started at third base.

LONG, STRANGE TRIP

The Angels arrived at the team hotel shortly after midnight following their victory over the Mariners in Seattle on Sunday. They begin an eight-game homestand on Tuesday.

''I think everyone got a good night's sleep,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''With a 3 o'clock start, you don't have to get up too, too early. It's just a pain having to travel four hours and then 4 1/2 hours back in a 24-hour period, but it's better than getting in at 6 in the morning. It's an inconvenience, but we'll get over it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez (right elbow surgery) will join Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday as part of his rehab assignment. ... OF Michael Hermosillo (hernia) was reinstated from the 60-day injury list and optioned to Salt Lake, while RHP John Curtiss was designated for assignment.

Cubs: Baez made his second straight start despite a lingering sore right heel. ''It's something that he's going to have to control himself,'' Maddon said. ''It's one of those things that you try to protect as much as you can.''

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (2-1, 3.06 ERA) is scheduled to open a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. The rookie allowed two runs over 18 innings over his previous three starts.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.09) will take a personal four-game win streak into the series opener against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

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  • W: J. Lester (4-4)L: T. Cahill (2-6)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (14), W. Contreras (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fletcher SS40100001.322.377.459.8351.0
M. Trout CF41100021.298.464.5961.0601.0
A. Pujols 1B40000002.228.303.451.7540.0
T. La Stella 2B30100101.303.364.516.8802.0
C. Puello LF20000011.429.538.7621.3001.5
J. Lucroy C30010002.243.306.396.7031.0
K. Calhoun RF20000120.243.335.495.8300.0
T. Ward 3B30000023.100.100.200.300-1.0
C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Cahill P20100000.333.333.333.6671.0
J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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N. Ramirez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF51210001.220.332.419.7514.0
K. Bryant 3B41100112.274.390.543.9332.5
A. Rizzo 1B40000013.284.398.578.976-0.5
J. Baez SS42231011.301.346.572.91810.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100110.213.289.278.5672.5
W. Contreras C42211012.291.398.564.9627.5
J. Heyward CF41220000.249.357.429.7866.0
A. Russell 2B30010011.262.319.462.7810.5
J. Lester P20100110.250.400.333.7331.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Descalso PH10000000.198.289.298.5860.0
D. Maples P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Edwards in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - J. Lucroy
  • RBI - J. Lucroy (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella, J. Lucroy, T. Ward 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (18), J. Heyward (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (14), W. Contreras (13)
  • SF - A. Russell
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (22), J. Baez 3 (37), W. Contreras (33), J. Heyward 2 (23), A. Russell (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (4), W. Contreras (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, K. Bryant 2 (2), W. Contreras 2 (2), A. Russell
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Schwarber (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bedrosian1.00000202.961.174.0
T. Cahill (L, 2-6)4.16552307.181.40-4.5
J. Anderson0.12111005.401.50-4.0
L. Garcia1.13220223.801.45-1.0
N. Ramirez1.00000004.231.273.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Bedrosian1.0
T. Cahill (L, 2-6)4.1
J. Anderson0.1
L. Garcia1.1
N. Ramirez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.04111603.321.3128.0
C. Edwards1.00000206.231.004.0
D. Maples1.00001000.001.762.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.0
C. Edwards1.0
D. Maples1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Cahill (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bedrosian 16-10, T. Cahill 73-44, J. Anderson 16-9, L. Garcia 23-18, N. Ramirez 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bedrosian 1-0, T. Cahill 5-5, L. Garcia 2-0, N. Ramirez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bedrosian 3, T. Cahill 21, J. Anderson 4, L. Garcia 7, N. Ramirez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Lester 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 108-70, C. Edwards 12-10, D. Maples 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-8, C. Edwards 1-0, D. Maples 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 3, D. Maples 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fletcher SS40100001.322.377.459.8351.0
M. Trout CF41100021.298.464.5961.0601.0
A. Pujols 1B40000002.228.303.451.7540.0
T. La Stella 2B30100101.303.364.516.8802.0
C. Puello LF20000011.429.538.7621.3001.5
J. Lucroy C30010002.243.306.396.7031.0
K. Calhoun RF20000120.243.335.495.8300.0
T. Ward 3B30000023.100.100.200.300-1.0
C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Cahill P20100000.333.333.333.6671.0
J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Walsh PH10000010.280.333.320.653-0.5
N. Ramirez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2814102811-----
  • a-struck out for Garcia in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF51210001.220.332.419.7514.0
K. Bryant 3B41100112.274.390.543.9332.5
A. Rizzo 1B40000013.284.398.578.976-0.5
J. Baez SS42231011.301.346.572.91810.5
C. Gonzalez RF31100110.213.289.278.5672.5
W. Contreras C42211012.291.398.564.9627.5
J. Heyward CF41220000.249.357.429.7866.0
A. Russell 2B30010011.262.319.462.7810.5
J. Lester P20100110.250.400.333.7331.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Descalso PH10000000.198.289.298.5860.0
D. Maples P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total34811823710-----
  • a-grounded out for Edwards in the 8th
BATTING
  • SF - J. Lucroy
  • RBI - J. Lucroy (25)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella, J. Lucroy, T. Ward 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (18), J. Heyward (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (14), W. Contreras (13)
  • SF - A. Russell
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (22), J. Baez 3 (37), W. Contreras (33), J. Heyward 2 (23), A. Russell (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (4), W. Contreras (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber, K. Bryant 2 (2), W. Contreras 2 (2), A. Russell
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Schwarber (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bedrosian1.00000202.961.174.0
T. Cahill (L, 2-6)4.16552307.181.40-4.5
J. Anderson0.12111005.401.50-4.0
L. Garcia1.13220223.801.45-1.0
N. Ramirez1.00000004.231.273.0
Total8.01188372---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bedrosian1.0
T. Cahill (L, 2-6)4.1
J. Anderson0.1
L. Garcia1.1
N. Ramirez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.04111603.321.3128.0
C. Edwards1.00000206.231.004.0
D. Maples1.00001000.001.762.0
Total9.0411280---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 4-4)7.0
C. Edwards1.0
D. Maples1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - T. Cahill (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bedrosian 16-10, T. Cahill 73-44, J. Anderson 16-9, L. Garcia 23-18, N. Ramirez 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bedrosian 1-0, T. Cahill 5-5, L. Garcia 2-0, N. Ramirez 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Bedrosian 3, T. Cahill 21, J. Anderson 4, L. Garcia 7, N. Ramirez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Lester 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 108-70, C. Edwards 12-10, D. Maples 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 5-8, C. Edwards 1-0, D. Maples 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 3, D. Maples 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Contreras homered to right center18
    Baez homered to left17
    Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to right, Trout scored16
  • 6TH INNING
    Schwarber singled to left, Heyward scored, Lester to second06
    Russell hit sacrifice fly to right, Contreras scored, Heyward to third05
    Heyward doubled to right, Baez and Gonzalez scored, Contreras to third04
    Baez doubled to left, Bryant scored02
  • 4TH INNING
    Baez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schwarber scored, Bryant out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dillon Maples pitching
    • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to pitcher
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, La Stella walked
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Ball, Puello reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, La Stella out at second
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Jon Lester
    • Jared Walsh hit for Luis Garcia
    • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Walsh struck out looking
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
    • M. Trout: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Noe Ramirez pitching
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Carl Edwards
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Descalso grounded out to first
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to first
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bryant fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Trout singled to left
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to left
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, La Stella singled to right, Trout to third
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Ball, Puello hit by pitch, La Stella to second
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to right, Trout scored
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun walked, La Stella to third, Puello to second
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Garcia Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Baez: Baez homered to left
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Wi. Contreras: Contreras homered to right center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Heyward reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Russell: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Russell struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ward flied out to right
    • T. Cahill: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cahill singled to right center
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fletcher grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cahill out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo lined out to right
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant to second on wild pitch, Baez doubled to left, Bryant scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras singled to center, Baez to third, Gonzalez to second
    • Justin Anderson relieved Trevor Cahill
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward doubled to right, Baez and Gonzalez scored, Contreras to third
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Russell hit sacrifice fly to right, Contreras scored, Heyward to third
    • J. Lester: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lester walked
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber singled to left, Heyward scored, Lester to second
    • Luis Garcia relieved Justin Anderson
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schwarber out at second
    • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • C. Puello: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Puello hit by pitch
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Puello out at second
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Heyward flied out to left
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Russell grounded out to second
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lester singled to right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Schwarber lined out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber singled to center
    • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Bryant reached on bunt single to shortstop, Schwarber to second
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo flied out to left, Schwarber to third
    • J. Baez: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Baez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Schwarber scored, Bryant out at second
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to right, Baez to third
    • Wi. Contreras: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
    • T. Cahill: Ball, Cahill flied out to center
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Cahill Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell fouled out to second
    • J. Lester: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lester struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • C. Puello: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Puello struck out looking
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Cahill relieved Cam Bedrosian
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher singled to left, Fletcher to second on left fielder Schwarber throwing error
    • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Trout lined out to second
    • A. Pujols: Foul, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to left
    • T. La Stella: La Stella flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Bedrosian Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)