Lackey strikes out 10, Cubs beat Rockies 8-1 for DH split

DENVER (AP) John Lackey's breaking ball had some ferocious bite to it. That never seems to happen for him at Coors Field.

For once, this park wasn't unfriendly to him.

Lackey struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings and added an RBI single , helping the Chicago Cubs stop a four-game skid by beating the Colorado Rockies 8-1 on Tuesday for a day-night doubleheader split.

Chicago gave Lackey plenty of cushion with a five-run second inning. Javier Baez added a two-run homer in the eighth and Kris Bryant a solo shot in the ninth.

Lackey (3-3) allowed just four singles, a sharp contrast to his previous start at Coors, when he surrendered 10 runs on June 8, 2015.

''Most of the time, I've taken a couple of beatings in this place,'' Lackey said. ''That's the first time I've done good here.''

Lackey became the second visiting pitcher to throw seven or more shutout innings with 10 or more strikeouts at Coors, according to the Rockies. The other was Pedro Martinez on July 29, 1997, when he went nine innings and struck out 13.

''It was really fun to watch,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''He had a really, really good breaking ball, slider, today, and commanded everything. ... He had himself a pretty good evening.''

In the first game, the Rockies cruised past Jake Arrieta in a 10-4 win .

Kyle Freeland (3-2) had one bad stretch in the nightcap. He allowed five runs, three earned, and four hits - all in a second inning that was compounded by two errors. The rookie left-hander finished with four walks and six strikeouts over six innings.

''There's definitely positives about this outing and the way I bounced back after that second inning to eat up more innings to give our bullpen rest and not really tax them,'' Freeland said. ''It showed I could get back in the zone and get outs.''

The Cubs figure to sleep well after another exhausting night. They arrived in Denver early Monday after an 18-inning loss to the New York Yankees that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. A rainout Monday gave them a brief break, but meant playing two on Tuesday.

''We're running on fumes a bit,'' Maddon said. ''I'm proud of our guys. But starting pitching drives the engine - don't ever be deceived.''

Jeimer Candelario was called up from Triple-A Iowa to serve as the 26th player for the second game. He ignited the second by starting the inning off with a sharp single. In all, the Cubs sent 11 batters to the plate and took advantage of errors by shortstop Trevor Story and second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Freeland didn't help his cause by walking three, including Candelario with two outs and the bases loaded.

Candelario also made a nifty backhanded play at third in the fourth to prevent a run. He's definitely caught the attention of Maddon, especially his .340 average with Iowa.

''He's tearing up Triple-A. That's what you have to do to be a big leaguer,'' Maddon said. ''He just needs to keep doing what he's doing.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Jason Heyward (sore knuckle on right hand) is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list on May 16. ''I'd be surprised if it's any longer than that,'' Maddon said.

Rockies: C Tom Murphy (fractured right forearm) is ''getting closer,'' manager Bud Black said. ''He's starting to do some things with his arm that he hadn't been able to do before, range of motion.''

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

Ryan Hanigan had two-out, bases-clearing bloop single off Arrieta as part of a six-run third inning in the opener. Hard-throwing rookie Antonio Senzatela (5-1) wrestled with his command over six innings but wiggled out of several tough spots.

''There's some resiliency where he hung in there and got through it when he's probably not pitching how we've seen him overall,'' Black said.

OMAHA, OMAHA

Maddon had a chance to visit with former Broncos QB Peyton Manning on Monday. He even invited Manning to spring training sometime. Maddon's one regret?

''Should've asked him about `Omaha,''' Maddon said in reference to the word Manning used to call out at the line of scrimmage. ''I had my opportunity to ask about Omaha and I screwed up.''

HOME GAME?

The Cubs fans were out in full force for both games.

''You kind of look around, `Wow, it's a home game for us, I thought,''' Nolan Arenado said. ''Cubs fans travel. They're a great team and World Series champs.''

THIS & THAT

Usually at third, Bryant started both games in right field. ... 1B Mark Reynolds was held without a homer for the first time in five games. He walked three times in the nightcap. ... OF Ian Desmond broke the shutout with an RBI single in the eighth.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 3.51 ERA) is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA over his last three starts.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (0-2, 7.31) has an 11.70 ERA in two home starts this season.

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  • W: J. Lackey (3-3)L: K. Freeland (3-2)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (5), K. Bryant (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant RF41221100.301.405.549.9549.0
A. Rizzo 1B50000014.218.342.398.740-0.5
J. Candelario 3B41110110.250.400.250.6503.5
A. Russell SS42000124.227.293.359.6522.0
J. Baez 2B41121012.260.301.500.8016.5
W. Contreras C31100110.219.292.344.6362.5
J. Lackey SP31110010.308.308.385.6922.5
a- J. Jay LF10100000.323.432.403.8361.0
A. Almora CF41110012.292.354.431.7852.5
  • a-singled for Lackey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Parra RF50000023.274.303.389.693-1.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40000030.271.352.357.708-1.5
N. Arenado 3B41100010.289.338.570.9081.5
M. Reynolds 1B10000310.333.402.6841.0852.5
I. Desmond LF40210003.308.308.462.7693.0
T. Story SS40000024.180.289.396.685-1.0
A. Amarista CF40100011.324.343.500.8430.5
D. Garneau C40200001.226.273.387.6602.0
K. Freeland O10000010.154.154.154.308-0.5
J. Lyles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Valaika LF10000010.304.333.565.899-0.5
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J. Hoffman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Blackmon PH10000011.309.353.619.972-0.5
  • a-struck out for Lyles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Hoffman in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Bryant (7), J. Baez (5)
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (18), J. Candelario, J. Baez 2 (14), J. Lackey, A. Almora (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario
BATTING
  • SH - K. Freeland (2)
  • RBI - I. Desmond (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond
FIELDING
  • E - J. Jay
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu (3), T. Story (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 3-3)7.040021004.290.8630.0
F. Pena1.12101103.602.250.5
B. Duensing0.20000203.860.001.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 3-3)7.0
F. Pena1.1
B. Duensing0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 3-2)6.04534602.931.338.0
J. Lyles1.00000007.980.003.0
M. Dunn0.23221113.006.00-5.5
J. Hoffman1.11110216.750.752.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 3-2)6.0
J. Lyles1.0
M. Dunn0.2
J. Hoffman1.1
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Pena
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 105-76, F. Pena 30-18, B. Duensing 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 6-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 27, F. Pena 8, B. Duensing 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-54, J. Lyles 11-6, M. Dunn 25-13, J. Hoffman 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-1, J. Lyles 3-0, M. Dunn 1-0, J. Hoffman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 27, J. Lyles 3, M. Dunn 6, J. Hoffman 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Pena P0000-000.0001.000.000.000-
B. Duensing P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Bryant RF41221100.301.405.549.9549.0
A. Rizzo 1B50000014.218.342.398.740-0.5
J. Candelario 3B41110110.250.400.250.6503.5
A. Russell SS42000124.227.293.359.6522.0
J. Baez 2B41121012.260.301.500.8016.5
W. Contreras C31100110.219.292.344.6362.5
J. Lackey SP31110010.308.308.385.6922.5
a- J. Jay LF10100000.323.432.403.8361.0
A. Almora CF41110012.292.354.431.7852.5
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  • a-singled for Lackey in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Parra RF50000023.274.303.389.693-1.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40000030.271.352.357.708-1.5
N. Arenado 3B41100010.289.338.570.9081.5
M. Reynolds 1B10000310.333.402.6841.0852.5
I. Desmond LF40210003.308.308.462.7693.0
T. Story SS40000024.180.289.396.685-1.0
A. Amarista CF40100011.324.343.500.8430.5
D. Garneau C40200001.226.273.387.6602.0
K. Freeland O10000010.154.154.154.308-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Lyles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Hoffman in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - K. Bryant (7), J. Baez (5)
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (18), J. Candelario, J. Baez 2 (14), J. Lackey, A. Almora (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario
BATTING
  • SH - K. Freeland (2)
  • RBI - I. Desmond (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Desmond
FIELDING
  • E - J. Jay
FIELDING
  • E - D. LeMahieu (3), T. Story (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey (W, 3-3)7.040021004.290.8630.0
F. Pena1.12101103.602.250.5
B. Duensing0.20000203.860.001.0
Total9.06103130---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey (W, 3-3)7.0
F. Pena1.1
B. Duensing0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 3-2)6.04534602.931.338.0
J. Lyles1.00000007.980.003.0
M. Dunn0.23221113.006.00-5.5
J. Hoffman1.11110216.750.752.0
Total9.0886592---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 3-2)6.0
J. Lyles1.0
M. Dunn0.2
J. Hoffman1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - F. Pena
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 105-76, F. Pena 30-18, B. Duensing 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 6-5
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 27, F. Pena 8, B. Duensing 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 97-54, J. Lyles 11-6, M. Dunn 25-13, J. Hoffman 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-1, J. Lyles 3-0, M. Dunn 1-0, J. Hoffman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 27, J. Lyles 3, M. Dunn 6, J. Hoffman 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Bryant homered to right81
  • 8TH INNING
    Desmond singled to shallow right, Arenado scored, Reynolds to third71
    Baez homered to right, Russell scored70
  • 2ND INNING
    Candelario walked, Almora scored, Zobrist to third, Bryant to second50
    Bryant reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lackey scored, Almora to third, Zobrist to second40
    Almora reached on an infield single to first, Russell and Contreras scored, Lackey to second on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error30
    Lackey singled to right center, Candelario scored, Russell to third, Contreras to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bryant homered to right
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo popped out to second
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Amarista flied out to shallow left
    • D. Garneau: Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau singled to left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Dunn Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Russell walked
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Baez homered to right, Russell scored
    • W. Contreras: Contreras singled to left
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jay singled to shallow left, Contreras to third
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu flied out to deep right
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado safe at first on center fielder Jay fielding error
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond singled to shallow right, Arenado scored, Reynolds to third
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond to second on wild pitch, Ball, Story lined out to right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, grounded out to first
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant grounded out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau flied out to shallow left
    • P. Valaika: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to third
    • J. Lackey: Strike swinging, Lackey grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Desmond lined out to left
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Russell struck out on foul tip
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rizzo fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond singled to center
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Amarista grounded out to second, Desmond to second
    • D. Garneau: Foul, Garneau grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • J. Lackey: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lackey struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado fouled out to first
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Candelario singled to right
    • A. Russell: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Russell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Candelario to third, Russell to second on shortstop Story fielding error
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Lackey: Lackey singled to right center, Candelario scored, Russell to third, Contreras to second
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora reached on an infield single to first, Russell and Contreras scored, Lackey to second on 2nd baseman LeMahieu fielding error
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked, Lackey to third, Almora to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lackey scored, Almora to third, Zobrist to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario walked, Almora scored, Zobrist to third, Bryant to second
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Russell grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Amarista singled to left
    • D. Garneau: Garneau singled to left, Amarista to second
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Freeland hit sacrifice bunt to first, Amarista to third, Garneau to second
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Parra popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bryant grounded out to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Parra lined out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Arenado singled to left
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked, Arenado to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond hit into double play shortstop to second, Reynolds out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)