Lambert sparkles to win debut, Rockies top Cubs 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) Peter Lambert's major league debut exceeded even his own expectations.

Lambert allowed four hits over seven innings and struck out nine, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday.

''What a great day,'' Lambert said. ''Wrigley Field. It was awesome. The atmosphere. The fans. it was crazy out there. I thought I would go out there and feel the heart pumping, but I was all right.''

A 22-year-old right-hander selected in the second round with the 44th overall pick of the 2015 amateur draft, Lambert retired 11 straight batters during a stretch before Kris Bryant doubled with one-out in the sixth. Bryant scored on Javier Baez's two-out single.

Lambert (1-0) walked one and threw 63 of 95 pitches for strikes, ending his outing by striking out the side in the seventh. He set a Rockies record for strikeouts by a pitcher in his debut.

He also singled on his first pitch as a big league batter, using a two-tone bat to loop a fastball from Jose Quintana (4-5) to right-center field.

''He's a good athlete, even when he swings the bat - if you really watch his mechanics are outstanding,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He was able to take the game he's been pitching in Triple-A and bring to the big leagues.''

Lambert, from San Dimas, California, pitched with family looking on - including brother Jimmy, a 24-year-old right-hander with Double-A Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization. He is on the seven-day injured list,

''They're my support system,'' Lambert said. ''So I was super glad they were all able to make it out.''

Lambert, 2-2 with a 5.07 ERA in 11 starts this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, was called up before the game.

''He threw great the whole game,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Each inning, pitches were down. He wasn't stressed in any one inning. ''He maintained his delivery. Maintained his fastball. Fastball, change, breaking ball, combo, behind the count changeup, high fastballs, fastballs down and away at the knees. That was great.''

Black, in his 12th season as big league manager following 15 as a player, maintained it was one of the best debuts he has viewed.

''I've seen a lot of them both as a teammate, pitching coach and manager, but that was fun,'' Black said. ''I was happy for him. What an impressive outing - stayed calm.''

Jairo Diaz pitched a one-hit eighth and Scott Oberg threw a perfect ninth for this third save, completing a five-hitter.

Colorado rebounded after losing the first two games of the series. Chicago's NL Central lead was cut to a percentage point over second-place Milwaukee.

Quintana dropped to 0-4 in his last six starts, giving up three runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He has not won since beating St. Louis on May 5.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the third when David Dahl hit an RBI single and scored on the first of Ian Desmond's two doubles. Chris Iannetta hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh after Desmond doubled and Bryant lost Mark Reynolds' fly in the sun, allowing the ball to drop for a double

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Colorado placed LHP Mike Dunn on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Wednesday, due to shoulder inflammation. ... Colorado moved LHP Harrison Musgrave (left elbow flexor strain) to the 60-day IL. ... After throwing successfully to hitters off a mound on Wednesday, RHP Wade Davis (left oblique strain) is ''right around the corner'' from returning, according to manager Bud Black. Black wouldn't specify a date.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-4, 5.33) starts Friday at the New York Mets and RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.49).

Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.62) is on the mound Friday against visiting St. Louis and RHP Miles Mikolas (4-5, 4.41). The Cardinals swept three games from the Cubs in St. Louis last weekend.

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B. Rodgers 2B30000111.267.327.311.6380.5
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M. Reynolds 1B40100012.180.300.360.6601.5
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    A. Rizzo 1B40000013.278.387.556.942-0.5
    J. Baez SS40210002.307.349.577.9263.0
    W. Contreras C40000012.291.397.559.956-0.5
    D. Bote 3B40000021.281.355.490.845-1.0
    A. Almora CF40100010.251.296.429.7240.5
    D. Descalso 2B20000120.194.288.291.5790.0
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    • a-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Story (14), I. Desmond 2 (16), M. Reynolds (6)
    • SF - C. Iannetta
    • RBI - D. Dahl (24), I. Desmond (23), C. Iannetta (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (10)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tapia, M. Reynolds 2 (2), P. Lambert
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Bryant (17)
    • RBI - J. Baez (40)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), W. Contreras, J. Quintana 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Schwarber
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Lambert (W, 1-0)7.04111901.290.7129.5
    J. Diaz (H, 3)1.01001201.930.862.0
    S. Oberg (S, 3)1.00000101.651.0210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    P. Lambert (W, 1-0)7.0
    J. Diaz (H, 3)1.0
    S. Oberg (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Quintana (L, 4-5)7.16330403.771.2712.0
    C. Edwards0.20000105.650.910.5
    K. Ryan1.00001204.791.453.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Quintana (L, 4-5)7.1
    C. Edwards0.2
    K. Ryan1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 95-63, J. Diaz 18-11, S. Oberg 8-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 7-5, J. Diaz 1-0, S. Oberg 1-1
    • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 26, J. Diaz 5, S. Oberg 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 97-66, C. Edwards 8-6, K. Ryan 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 8-10, K. Ryan 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 28, C. Edwards 2, K. Ryan 4
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    T. Story SS41100020.292.362.551.9132.0
    N. Arenado 3B40000011.337.387.6171.004-0.5
    D. Dahl RF41110000.335.383.534.9173.0
    B. Rodgers 2B30000111.267.327.311.6380.5
    I. Desmond CF41210011.240.312.453.7645.5
    M. Reynolds 1B40100012.180.300.360.6601.5
    C. Iannetta C20010010.254.333.563.8970.5
    P. Lambert P30100001.333.333.333.6671.0
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      K. Schwarber LF40100020.227.332.434.7662.0
      K. Bryant RF31100100.271.387.537.9244.0
      A. Rizzo 1B40000013.278.387.556.942-0.5
      J. Baez SS40210002.307.349.577.9263.0
      W. Contreras C40000012.291.397.559.956-0.5
      D. Bote 3B40000021.281.355.490.845-1.0
      A. Almora CF40100010.251.296.429.7240.5
      D. Descalso 2B20000120.194.288.291.5790.0
      J. Quintana P20000023.042.042.042.083-1.0
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      • a-struck out for Edwards in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Story (14), I. Desmond 2 (16), M. Reynolds (6)
      • SF - C. Iannetta
      • RBI - D. Dahl (24), I. Desmond (23), C. Iannetta (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tapia, M. Reynolds 2 (2), P. Lambert
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Bryant (17)
      • RBI - J. Baez (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), W. Contreras, J. Quintana 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Schwarber
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Lambert (W, 1-0)7.04111901.290.7129.5
      J. Diaz (H, 3)1.01001201.930.862.0
      S. Oberg (S, 3)1.00000101.651.0210.5
      Total9.05112120---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Lambert (W, 1-0)7.0
      J. Diaz (H, 3)1.0
      S. Oberg (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Quintana (L, 4-5)7.16330403.771.2712.0
      C. Edwards0.20000105.650.910.5
      K. Ryan1.00001204.791.453.0
      Total9.0633170---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Quintana (L, 4-5)7.1
      C. Edwards0.2
      K. Ryan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 95-63, J. Diaz 18-11, S. Oberg 8-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 7-5, J. Diaz 1-0, S. Oberg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 26, J. Diaz 5, S. Oberg 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 97-66, C. Edwards 8-6, K. Ryan 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 8-10, K. Ryan 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 28, C. Edwards 2, K. Ryan 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Iannetta hit sacrifice fly to right, Desmond scored, Reynolds to third31
      • 6TH INNING
        Baez singled to left, Bryant scored21
      • 4TH INNING
        Desmond doubled to deep center, Dahl scored20
        Dahl singled to left, Story scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kyle Ryan pitching
        • D. Dahl: Dahl grounded out to first
        • B. Rodgers: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rodgers walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Scott Oberg relieved Jairo Diaz
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to third
        • D. Bote: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Ball, Almora popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia grounded out to second
        • Carl Edwards relieved Jose Quintana
        • T. Story: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jairo Diaz relieved Peter Lambert
        • Jason Heyward hit for Carl Edwards
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Schwarber to second
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Schwarber stole third, Baez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • B. Rodgers: Foul, Rodgers fouled out to catcher
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond doubled to deep right center
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds doubled to right, Desmond to third
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta hit sacrifice fly to right, Desmond scored, Reynolds to third
        • P. Lambert: Strike looking, Lambert popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bote struck out on foul tip
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • T. Story: Foul, Story flied out to right
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado popped out to second
        • D. Dahl: Dahl flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant doubled to deep left
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to third
        • J. Baez: Strike (foul tip), Baez singled to left, Bryant scored
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • P. Lambert: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lambert grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora lined out to center
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • J. Quintana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • T. Story: Story doubled to left center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arenado popped out to first
        • D. Dahl: Foul, Dahl singled to left, Story scored
        • B. Rodgers: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Rodgers flied out to right
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond doubled to deep center, Dahl scored
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Baez grounded out to second
        • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras lined out to center
        • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bote lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reynolds flied out to deep right
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta flied out to center
        • P. Lambert: Lambert singled to right center
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Tapia reached on fielder's choice to second, Lambert out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant flied out to left
        • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl grounded out to first
        • B. Rodgers: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rodgers struck out looking
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Baez reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to second, Baez to second
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Bote reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez out at third
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora singled to right, Bote to second
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked, Bote to third, Almora to second
        • J. Quintana: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Quintana struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Foul, Tapia grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Lambert Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Bryant flied out to left
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)