Contreras homer, 3 RBIs help Cubs beat Marlins 7-2

MIAMI (AP) Yu Darvish thawed out and then nearly overheated in balmy South Florida, but he found enough in reserve to throw his hardest to the final batter he faced.

Darvish struck out eight in a season-high 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the year, and the Chicago Cubs adjusted to a big change in the weather to beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday.

The temperature in Chicago was 33 when the Cubs' game Sunday against the Angels was snowed out, and it was 84 with the retractable roof open for the first pitch at Marlins Park.

''The first inning was toughest for me,'' said Darvish (1-2). ''After the first inning I was so tired. But I got better after that.''

His final three pitches of the night were his fastest - 98, 99 and 99 mph to Lewis Brinson.

''I was trying to throw as hard as I could,'' Darvish said. ''I should do that next time. Seriously, I'm thinking too much about throwing strikes.''

Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer , drove in three and reached base four times for the Cubs, who showed they could take the heat.

''We were in short sleeves,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''I didn't have a thermal top with my hoodie, followed by my jacket, followed by hand warmers in the pockets, followed by gloves and a beanie. It was not necessary, and that was good. It was awesome.''

Darvish (1-2) allowed two runs, lowering his ERA to 6.11, and earned just his second victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs before the 2018 season. He made it through only eight starts last year before being shut down with right triceps tendinitis.

''I loved the emotion he displayed tonight,'' Maddon said. ''He was upset with himself a couple of times, and there was a sincere visceral reaction.

''He really wanted to pitch well, and he did that. Good for him. He keeps getting better.''

Three relievers completed the six-hitter.

Contreras walked to force in a run in the first, homered in the seventh and added an RBI single in the ninth. David Bote also drove in three.

Chicago scored three times in the first, and Javier Baez drove in a run with a two-out bloop double in the fifth off Trevor Richards (0-2), who allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

The Marlins (4-13) have totaled five runs in their past six losses. The top four batters in their lineup finished the night with averages of .152, .213, .221 and .231.

Miami went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

''We did a decent job of at least making Darvish work, getting some traffic,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''We just weren't able to come up with the big hit.''

HITTING CONTEST

The Cubs' Kris Bryant was twice hit by a pitch, and Contreras was hit once. Darvish then hit Brinson in the back of the right leg.

Brinson left the game at the end of the inning but said he didn't think he was seriously hurt. No warnings were issued.

Contreras shouted a profanity when he was plunked on the left forearm, and an umpire accompanied him to first base to ensure tensions didn't escalate.

''I don't want to get my wrist or my hand broken,'' Contreras said. ''That's kind of scary. I got a little emotional, yes, and I should. But I know the pitcher doesn't want to hit me in that situation.''

DEFENSIVE BATTLE

Each center fielder contributed a web gem. The Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. robbed Curtis Granderson in the first when he made a running, lunging catch at the edge of the warning track and then slid into the wall. Brinson was near the same spot when he made a leaping catch of Ben Zobrist's fly in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (left lat) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Class A South Bend.

Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (ribs) was out of the starting lineup for a second game in a row. He may return Tuesday.

UP NEXT:

Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (1-1, 5.14) is scheduled to start Tuesday against RHP Pablo Lopez (1-1, 6.60).

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  • W: Y. Darvish (1-2)L: T. Richards (0-2)
  • HR: CHC - W. Contreras (6), MIA - C. Wallach (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant LF32100001.236.354.382.7366.0
A. Rizzo 1B31000202.182.348.364.7113.0
J. Baez SS52310012.288.319.545.8646.5
J. Heyward RF31000212.349.455.6511.1062.5
W. Contreras C31231100.341.471.8291.30011.0
D. Bote 3B50130024.258.343.452.7944.0
A. Almora CF40000105.222.271.222.4931.0
Y. Darvish P30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Cishek P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Collins P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF50100021.152.273.304.5770.0
    B. Anderson 3B40000122.213.314.328.6420.0
    S. Castro 2B30100101.221.264.324.5872.0
    W. Chen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    N. Walker 1B40200020.231.298.423.7211.0
    M. Rojas SS-2B30100112.310.375.405.7801.5
    A. Dean RF40000034.250.235.500.735-1.5
    C. Wallach C32111101.333.462.524.9858.0
    L. Brinson CF10000100.207.258.276.5342.0
    D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Riddle SS10000000.156.156.344.5000.0
    T. Richards P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- R. Herrera PH-CF20000021.132.195.184.379-1.0
    • b-struck out for Brice in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Bryant (5), J. Baez (5), D. Bote (3)
    • HR - W. Contreras (6)
    • RBI - J. Baez (13), W. Contreras 3 (12), D. Bote 3 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (5), W. Contreras (5), D. Bote 3 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez (5), A. Almora 3 (8), Y. Darvish 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - C. Wallach
    • RBI - C. Wallach
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Anderson 2 (3), M. Rojas 2 (6), A. Dean 2 (2), C. Wallach (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Baez (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Dean, T. Richards
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Darvish (W, 1-2)5.24224816.111.7516.0
    K. Ryan (H, 1)0.20001204.151.850.0
    S. Cishek1.21000104.261.262.5
    T. Collins1.01000203.002.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Darvish (W, 1-2)5.2
    K. Ryan (H, 1)0.2
    S. Cishek1.2
    T. Collins1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Richards (L, 0-2)4.24554303.571.24-4.5
    A. Brice1.10001002.611.162.0
    D. Steckenrider1.01110117.880.881.5
    W. Chen2.031111018.003.001.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Richards (L, 0-2)4.2
    A. Brice1.1
    D. Steckenrider1.0
    W. Chen2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 96-58, K. Ryan 13-6, S. Cishek 21-14, T. Collins 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 9-3, S. Cishek 4-0, T. Collins 0-1
    • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 26, K. Ryan 3, S. Cishek 5, T. Collins 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 96-58, A. Brice 22-11, D. Steckenrider 17-11, W. Chen 24-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-6, A. Brice 2-2, D. Steckenrider 2-1, W. Chen 3-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Richards 25, A. Brice 6, D. Steckenrider 4, W. Chen 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Zobrist 2B50100000.295.415.295.7111.0
    K. Bryant LF32100001.236.354.382.7366.0
    A. Rizzo 1B31000202.182.348.364.7113.0
    J. Baez SS52310012.288.319.545.8646.5
    J. Heyward RF31000212.349.455.6511.1062.5
    W. Contreras C31231100.341.471.8291.30011.0
    D. Bote 3B50130024.258.343.452.7944.0
    A. Almora CF40000105.222.271.222.4931.0
    Y. Darvish P30000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
    K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Cishek P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Collins P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson LF50100021.152.273.304.5770.0
      B. Anderson 3B40000122.213.314.328.6420.0
      S. Castro 2B30100101.221.264.324.5872.0
      W. Chen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      N. Walker 1B40200020.231.298.423.7211.0
      M. Rojas SS-2B30100112.310.375.405.7801.5
      A. Dean RF40000034.250.235.500.735-1.5
      C. Wallach C32111101.333.462.524.9858.0
      L. Brinson CF10000100.207.258.276.5342.0
      D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Riddle SS10000000.156.156.344.5000.0
      T. Richards P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
      A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- R. Herrera PH-CF20000021.132.195.184.379-1.0
      Total32261151313-----
      • b-struck out for Brice in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Bryant (5), J. Baez (5), D. Bote (3)
      • HR - W. Contreras (6)
      • RBI - J. Baez (13), W. Contreras 3 (12), D. Bote 3 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (5), W. Contreras (5), D. Bote 3 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez (5), A. Almora 3 (8), Y. Darvish 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - C. Wallach
      • RBI - C. Wallach
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Anderson 2 (3), M. Rojas 2 (6), A. Dean 2 (2), C. Wallach (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Baez (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Dean, T. Richards
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Darvish (W, 1-2)5.24224816.111.7516.0
      K. Ryan (H, 1)0.20001204.151.850.0
      S. Cishek1.21000104.261.262.5
      T. Collins1.01000203.002.003.0
      Total9.06225131---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Darvish (W, 1-2)5.2
      K. Ryan (H, 1)0.2
      S. Cishek1.2
      T. Collins1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Richards (L, 0-2)4.24554303.571.24-4.5
      A. Brice1.10001002.611.162.0
      D. Steckenrider1.01110117.880.881.5
      W. Chen2.031111018.003.001.5
      Total9.0877651---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Richards (L, 0-2)4.2
      A. Brice1.1
      D. Steckenrider1.0
      W. Chen2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Darvish 96-58, K. Ryan 13-6, S. Cishek 21-14, T. Collins 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Darvish 9-3, S. Cishek 4-0, T. Collins 0-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Darvish 26, K. Ryan 3, S. Cishek 5, T. Collins 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Richards 96-58, A. Brice 22-11, D. Steckenrider 17-11, W. Chen 24-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Richards 4-6, A. Brice 2-2, D. Steckenrider 2-1, W. Chen 3-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Richards 25, A. Brice 6, D. Steckenrider 4, W. Chen 9
      • 9TH INNING
        Contreras singled to left center, Rizzo scored, Baez to third72
      • 7TH INNING
        Contreras homered to left center62
      • 5TH INNING
        Bote reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez scored, Heyward to third, Contreras to second52
        Baez doubled to right, Bryant scored, Baez to third on right fielder Dean throwing error42
      • 4TH INNING
        Wallach homered to left32
      • 2ND INNING
        Richards reached on fielder's choice to second, Wallach scored, Richards to second, Brinson out at second on shortstop Baez throwing error31
      • 1ST INNING
        Bote doubled to deep left, Baez and Heyward scored, Contreras to third30
        Contreras walked, Bryant scored, Baez to third, Heyward to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • W. Chen Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • J. Baez: Baez singled to right, Rizzo to second
        • J. Heyward: Heyward flied out to center, Rizzo to third
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras singled to left center, Rizzo scored, Baez to third
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tim Collins relieved Steve Cishek
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Riddle flied out to shallow center
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson singled to left
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • JT Riddle at shortstop
        • Wei-Yin Chen pitching
        • S. Cishek: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cishek popped out to second
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant grounded out to second, Zobrist out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Cishek Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas singled to shallow left
        • A. Dean: Dean grounded out to second, Rojas to second
        • C. Wallach: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wallach grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Drew Steckenrider pitching
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Contreras homered to left center
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Bote grounded out to third
        • A. Almora: Ball, Almora grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Ryan Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
        • Steve Cishek relieved Kyle Ryan
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop, Anderson out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Brice Pitching:
        • Y. Darvish: Ball, Strike looking, Darvish grounded out to second
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
        • J. Baez: Baez flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dean struck out looking
        • C. Wallach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wallach grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Brinson hit by pitch
        • Rosell Herrera hit for Austin Brice
        • Kyle Ryan relieved Yu Darvish
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist flied out to deep center
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant doubled to deep left
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to deep left
        • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Baez doubled to right, Bryant scored, Baez to third on right fielder Dean throwing error
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras hit by pitch, Heyward to second
        • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Ball, Bote reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez scored, Heyward to third, Contreras to second
        • Austin Brice relieved Trevor Richards
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Almora flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Walker singled to shallow left, Castro to second
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Castro to third, Walker to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bote struck out on foul tip
        • A. Almora: Almora lined out to center
        • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Darvish flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • A. Dean: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dean struck out swinging
        • C. Wallach: Wallach homered to left
        • L. Brinson: Brinson lined out to second
        • T. Richards: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Richards struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Heyward grounded out to first
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Contreras fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to third
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • M. Rojas: Rojas flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant flied out to deep right
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • C. Wallach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wallach walked
        • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked, Wallach to second
        • T. Richards: Ball, Strike looking, Richards reached on fielder's choice to second, Wallach scored, Richards to second, Brinson out at second on shortstop Baez throwing error
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Granderson grounded out to second, Richards to third
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Richards Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist flied out to deep right
        • K. Bryant: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Rizzo lined out to right
        • J. Baez: Baez singled to left, Bryant to second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Bryant to third, Baez to second on Richards throwing error, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras walked, Bryant scored, Baez to third, Heyward to second
        • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bote doubled to deep left, Baez and Heyward scored, Contreras to third
        • A. Almora: Almora intentionally walked
        • Y. Darvish: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Darvish struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Y. Darvish Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep center
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
        • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • N. Walker: Walker singled to center, Castro to second
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked, Castro to third, Walker to second
        • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dean struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)