Lester goes 7 innings to help Cubs beat Marlins 5-3

MIAMI (AP) When Jon Lester gave up a three-run homer in the first inning Saturday, he drew upon a long-ago lesson from former teammates Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett: Start the start over.

Lester retired the next 13 in a row, went seven innings and helped the Chicago Cubs rally past the Miami Marlins 5-3.

After J.T. Realmuto homered on a hanging curve to put Miami up 3-1, Lester (5-4) allowed only two more baserunners, both on singles.

''When you give up three in the first, you have to try to figure out a way to pitch innings,'' Lester said. ''That's one thing I learned at an early age in Boston with Schill and Josh: Man, it doesn't matter, we start over. You have to take that mindset, and not keep looking at the scoreboard.''

Eventually the scoreboard favored the Cubs. Javier Baez had an RBI single in the fourth, and his two-run double in the sixth put them ahead to stay.

Jon Jay, a one-day sub for Anthony Rizzo in the leadoff spot, had two hits and scored a run. Addison Russell had two hits and scored twice.

Lester beat Miami for the first time in five career starts. He has gone at least six innings in each of his past three starts, and the Cubs have won them all.

''He is pitching as well as I've seen him pitch,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

''I feel better now than I did in April and May for sure,'' Lester said. ''Some years you come out like gangbusters. Other years it just takes a while to get into that rhythm of pitching every five days. This was one of those years.''

His colleagues in the rotation are warming up, too. Cubs starters have an ERA of 2.52 over the past 11 games.

Wade Davis completed the four-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save. The Marlins have only 16 hits in their past four games but have won two of them.

''We're swinging at some pitches we shouldn't be swinging at,'' Realmuto said.

Miami's Justin Nicolino remained winless in five starts, allowing three runs, two earned, in four innings. The damage might have been worse, but catcher Realmuto, third baseman Martin Prado and first baseman Tyler Moore helped him with fine defensive plays.

Third baseman Baez and second baseman Ian Happ made flashy plays to rob the Marlins.

''The defense in the infield played really, really well,'' Lester said.

USING THE FIELD

Happ, Almora Jr. and Baez all had run-scoring hits going the opposite way.

''That was awesome to see,'' Maddon said. ''We're just trying to get these guys to understand there's more than one side to a baseball field.''

CUBS FANS SHOW UP

The crowd of 25,448 was the largest at Marlins Park since May 13. Some spectators cheered for the home team.

RESTING UP

1B Rizzo was given a breather and held out of the lineup.

''I don't want to beat him up,'' Maddon said. ''We've got a long way to go, and if you ride them too hard, the point of diminishing returns will set in. I've been a part of way too many teams that have been exhausted in September.''

When Rizzo pinch-hit in the ninth, he drew perhaps the biggest cheer of the day, startling Maddon.

''I was looking around - `Did somebody walk in the door? Is it A-Rod and J-Lo?''' Maddon said with a smile. ''`Oh, it was Anthony.'''

Rizzo will be back in the leadoff spot Sunday, Maddon said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: 2B Ben Zobrist (left wrist) is unlikely to return for the Cubs' next series against the Nationals, and a rehab stint is a possibility. ... LHP Brett Anderson (strained lower back) will begin a rehab assignment Sunday when he pitches for Double-A Tennessee.

Marlins: SS Adeiny Hechavarria (oblique), who has been the disabled list since May 10, is expected to the rejoin the Marlins on Tuesday for the start of their series against the Mets - if he's not traded before then.

UP NEXT

Miami RHP Edinson Volquez (3-8, 4.29) is scheduled to face LHP Mike Montgomery (1-3, 2.26) in the series finale Sunday.

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  • W: J. Lester (5-4)L: N. Wittgren (1-1)S: W. Davis (15)
  • HR: MIA - J. Realmuto (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant 1B-3B40100012.263.396.522.9181.5
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A. Russell SS42200023.235.302.412.7144.0
I. Happ 2B-RF31210010.264.343.592.9353.5
J. Baez 3B-2B41230012.264.299.478.7776.5
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a- A. Rizzo PH-1B10000000.261.393.511.9040.0
  • a-lined out for Edwards in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B40100000.291.339.356.6952.0
G. Stanton RF31000111.277.358.546.9041.5
C. Yelich CF41100030.267.349.385.7350.5
M. Ozuna LF40000012.320.385.580.965-0.5
J. Realmuto C31131000.289.348.461.8098.0
M. Prado 3B30100000.280.304.387.6901.0
T. Moore 1B30000001.263.284.566.8500.0
J. Riddle SS30000010.234.256.361.617-0.5
J. Nicolino P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Wittgren P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. McGowan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for McGowan in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (16), A. Russell (13), J. Baez (11), A. Almora (9)
  • SH - I. Happ (2)
  • RBI - I. Happ (22), J. Baez 3 (31), A. Almora (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Happ (16)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Realmuto (7)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto 3 (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto 3 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Gordon (29)
  • CS - D. Gordon (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Yelich
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 5-4)7.04331413.831.2425.0
C. Edwards (H, 9)1.00000101.780.863.5
W. Davis (S, 15)1.00000201.370.8711.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 5-4)7.0
C. Edwards (H, 9)1.0
W. Davis (S, 15)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nicolino4.07320404.951.705.0
N. Wittgren (L, 1-1)1.03220003.231.21-7.0
K. Barraclough1.00001103.151.462.5
D. McGowan2.01000402.701.107.0
J. Tazawa1.00000106.881.293.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 108-70, C. Edwards 11-7, W. Davis 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 10-6, C. Edwards 2-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 25, C. Edwards 3, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nicolino 64-41, N. Wittgren 21-16, K. Barraclough 9-5, D. McGowan 29-22, J. Tazawa 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nicolino 5-2, N. Wittgren 3-0, D. McGowan 2-0, J. Tazawa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Nicolino 18, N. Wittgren 6, K. Barraclough 3, D. McGowan 7, J. Tazawa 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jay LF51200010.318.397.394.7912.5
K. Bryant 1B-3B40100012.263.396.522.9181.5
W. Contreras C40100001.249.310.420.7291.0
A. Russell SS42200023.235.302.412.7144.0
I. Happ 2B-RF31210010.264.343.592.9353.5
J. Baez 3B-2B41230012.264.299.478.7776.5
A. Almora CF40110021.270.329.392.7212.0
M. Zagunis RF30000111.000.100.000.1000.5
W. Davis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lester P30000013.097.147.129.276-0.5
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HITTERSAB
J. Jay LF5
K. Bryant 1B-3B4
W. Contreras C4
A. Russell SS4
I. Happ 2B-RF3
J. Baez 3B-2B4
A. Almora CF4
M. Zagunis RF3
W. Davis P0
J. Lester P3
C. Edwards P0
a- A. Rizzo PH-1B1
Total35
  • a-lined out for Edwards in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B40100000.291.339.356.6952.0
G. Stanton RF31000111.277.358.546.9041.5
C. Yelich CF41100030.267.349.385.7350.5
M. Ozuna LF40000012.320.385.580.965-0.5
J. Realmuto C31131000.289.348.461.8098.0
M. Prado 3B30100000.280.304.387.6901.0
T. Moore 1B30000001.263.284.566.8500.0
J. Riddle SS30000010.234.256.361.617-0.5
J. Nicolino P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Wittgren P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Barraclough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. McGowan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- I. Suzuki PH10000000.209.242.297.5390.0
J. Tazawa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Total303431174-----
  • a-grounded out for McGowan in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (16), A. Russell (13), J. Baez (11), A. Almora (9)
  • SH - I. Happ (2)
  • RBI - I. Happ (22), J. Baez 3 (31), A. Almora (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - I. Happ (16)
BATTING
  • HR - J. Realmuto (7)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto 3 (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Realmuto 3 (14)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Gordon (29)
  • CS - D. Gordon (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Yelich
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 5-4)7.04331413.831.2425.0
C. Edwards (H, 9)1.00000101.780.863.5
W. Davis (S, 15)1.00000201.370.8711.0
Total9.0433171---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 5-4)7.0
C. Edwards (H, 9)1.0
W. Davis (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nicolino4.07320404.951.705.0
N. Wittgren (L, 1-1)1.03220003.231.21-7.0
K. Barraclough1.00001103.151.462.5
D. McGowan2.01000402.701.107.0
J. Tazawa1.00000106.881.293.5
Total9.011541100---
PITCHERSIP
J. Nicolino4.0
N. Wittgren (L, 1-1)1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
D. McGowan2.0
J. Tazawa1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 108-70, C. Edwards 11-7, W. Davis 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 10-6, C. Edwards 2-0, W. Davis 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 25, C. Edwards 3, W. Davis 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nicolino 64-41, N. Wittgren 21-16, K. Barraclough 9-5, D. McGowan 29-22, J. Tazawa 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nicolino 5-2, N. Wittgren 3-0, D. McGowan 2-0, J. Tazawa 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Nicolino 18, N. Wittgren 6, K. Barraclough 3, D. McGowan 7, J. Tazawa 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Baez doubled to deep right, Russell and Happ scored53
  • 4TH INNING
    Almora doubled to deep right, Baez scored33
    Baez singled to left, Russell scored, Baez to second23
  • 1ST INNING
    Realmuto homered to left center, Stanton and Yelich scored13
    Happ singled to right, Jay scored, Contreras to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Junichi Tazawa pitching
    • M. Zagunis: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Zagunis grounded out to second
    • Anthony Rizzo hit for Carl Edwards
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo lined out to shortstop
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • Kris Bryant at third
    • Javier Baez at second
    • Anthony Rizzo at first
    • Ian Happ in right
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stanton struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. McGowan Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Carl Edwards relieved Jon Lester
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • Ichiro Suzuki hit for Dustin McGowan
    • I. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to second
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dustin McGowan relieved Kyle Barraclough
    • J. Jay: Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant doubled to deep left
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Contreras grounded out to third
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ozuna popped out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Realmuto flied out to left
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Prado singled to left center
    • T. Moore: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moore lined out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • N. Wittgren Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell doubled to deep right
    • I. Happ: Strike swinging, Happ singled to left center, Russell to third, Happ to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez doubled to deep right, Russell and Happ scored
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Nick Wittgren
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • M. Zagunis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zagunis walked
    • J. Lester: Lester lined into double play first, Zagunis out at first
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to left center
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stanton grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon caught stealing, catcher to third, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Justin Nicolino
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bryant grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Contreras grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Moore: Foul, Foul, Ball, Moore grounded out to third
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Riddle grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Wittgren: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wittgren grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Nicolino Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell reached on an infield single to third
    • I. Happ: Happ hit sacrifice bunt to third, Russell to second
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to left, Russell scored, Baez to second
    • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Almora doubled to deep right, Baez scored
    • M. Zagunis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Zagunis struck out on foul tip
    • J. Lester: Ball, Lester grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna fouled out to first
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto flied out to left
    • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Prado grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Nicolino Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay singled to right
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bryant grounded into double play third to second to first, Jay out at second
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Contreras grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Stanton grounded out to third
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Nicolino Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora grounded bunt out to catcher
    • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Zagunis lined out to third
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lester struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • T. Moore: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moore grounded out to third
    • J. Riddle: Riddle grounded out to second
    • J. Nicolino: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nicolino struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Nicolino Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay singled to right center, Jay to second on center fielder Yelich fielding error
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Contreras singled to left, Jay to third
    • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Happ singled to right, Jay scored, Contreras to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon lined out to left
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich singled to right, Stanton to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Realmuto homered to left center, Stanton and Yelich scored
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Prado grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)