Cubs rally for 7-3 win over Rays

CHICAGO (AP) For most of the day, it looked like another frustrating loss for the Chicago Cubs.

Then Jon Jay came to the plate

Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

''When you're not starting the game, I know I have a chance to come off the bench and impact the game and I was able to do that today,'' Jay said. ''So I definitely like being in those situations.''

Chicago (42-42) returned to .500 for the 19th time with its third win in its last eight games. The reigning World Series champions have not been more than two games over or two games under .500 at any point since May 27.

''We've shown our flashes of the type of team we can be,'' said Jay, who signed with the Cubs in the offseason. ''We've just got to continue to keep fighting.''

The Cubs trailed 3-0 before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying homer with two out in the sixth inning. Jay then popped out of the dugout for a curtain call, obliging the crowd of 39,855 on a picturesque day at Wrigley Field.

Happ got his big hit in the seventh, driving in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with a bouncer up the middle against Tampa Bay's drawn-in infield. Happ had two hits and is batting .357 (10 for 28) in his last seven games.

''Happer just rolling it through the middle obviously was a game changer,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Tampa Bay (44-42) wasted a chance for a two-game sweep in its reunion with Maddon, who skippered the Rays for nine years before leaving after the 2014 season and taking over the Cubs.

Mallex Smith went 4 for 4 and scored three times for the Rays, who had won three of four. Blake Snell pitched five scoreless innings in his best outing of the year, working around four hits and four walks.

''It's definitely as step forward, but I got to get into the sixth inning, I have to,'' Snell said. ''I'm aware of it, but hopefully a step in the right direction.''

Smith doubled and scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly in the sixth, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead against John Lackey. But that was it for the Rays.

''Just unfortunate we couldn't hold the lead,'' manager Kevin Cash said.

Pedro Strop (3-2) replaced Lackey and pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.

Tampa Bay was only down by two when it put two runners on against Carl Edwards Jr. with two out in the eighth. But Koji Uehara came in and struck out Longoria to end the inning.

LOOK OUT

Longoria tumbled over a door while trying to grab Rizzo's foul popup in the fifth. But he stayed in the game.

''It hurt,'' he said. ''I was scared, yeah, anytime you go into the wall. That wall's a weird height, you get nervous a little bit when you go over it. It didn't feel great.''

AILING LACKEY

Lackey is dealing with right plantar fasciitis, but he won't pitch again until after the All-Star break and brushed off any concern.

''I got a ways before I got to pitch again, so I think I'll be all right,'' he said. ''But I mean I'm 38 years old, I'm bothered by a lot of things.''

WHEN SCHWARBER RETURNS

The Cubs are monitoring Kyle Schwarber's progress at Triple-A Iowa, and the outfielder could return to the majors soon. When he comes back, he might get another shot at the leadoff spot.

Schwarber was the leadoff hitter at the beginning of the year, but was pushed down in the lineup when he got off to a slow start. He was hitting .171 with a .295 on-base percentage in 64 games at the time of his demotion on June 22.

''I would not be concerned with putting him back there, just depending on what he looks like when he gets back,'' Maddon said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 2B Brad Miller (right groin strain) is expected to come off the disabled list this weekend. Miller is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. ''I'm sure he's getting where he's chomping at the bit,'' Cash said. ... OF Colby Rasmus (left hip tendinitis) is rehabbing, but Cash said there was nothing new with his recovery. ''We're just not getting the responses from the hip that we were hoping for,'' he said. ''It's going to take some more time.''

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (right hand tendinitis) is slated to throw another bullpen session on Friday or Saturday. If that goes well, he could go out on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Jake Faria (3-0, 2.23 ERA) gets the ball for the opener of a four-game set against Boston on Thursday night. LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.61 ERA) pitches for the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-5, 2.80 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Zach Davies (9-4, 5.03 ERA) on Thursday afternoon in the makeup of a May 20 postponement. The Cubs then host Pittsburgh for a weekend series beginning Friday.

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  • W: P. Strop (3-2)L: E. Ramirez (4-3)
  • HR: CHC - J. Jay (2)
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C. Dickerson LF30110102.318.363.558.9214.0
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L. Morrison 1B40200010.260.368.578.9451.5
S. Souza RF40000013.268.367.495.862-0.5
T. Beckham 2B30000100.274.327.433.7601.0
A. Hechavarria SS40000011.293.305.380.686-0.5
J. Sucre C30000020.250.273.404.677-1.0
B. Snell P20000000.000.250.000.2500.0
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A. Kolarek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Peterson PH10000000.250.317.429.7460.0
C. Whitley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Kolarek in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Contreras C40100121.258.327.449.7761.0
K. Bryant 3B32100202.263.394.505.8995.0
A. Rizzo 1B31220201.263.394.510.9048.0
B. Zobrist RF30000015.214.310.373.683-0.5
I. Happ LF41220012.269.337.569.9064.5
A. Almora CF40100012.263.332.377.7090.5
J. Baez 2B41200002.261.300.462.7624.0
A. Russell SS30000113.232.302.392.6940.5
J. Lackey P20000013.152.152.182.333-0.5
a- J. Jay PH11131000.305.382.409.7908.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Lackey in the 6th
  • b-hit by pitch for Uehara in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Smith (4), C. Dickerson (22)
  • SF - E. Longoria (7)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (41), E. Longoria 2 (51)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (16), J. Baez (15)
  • HR - J. Jay (2)
  • SH - B. Zobrist
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (54), I. Happ 2 (29), J. Jay 3 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (22), J. Jay 3 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (10)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Happ
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell5.04004504.851.639.5
E. Ramirez (L, 4-3) (BS, 1)1.03441115.181.26-9.5
A. Kolarek1.02110002.701.200.0
C. Whitley1.01221103.471.02-0.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell5.0
E. Ramirez (L, 4-3) (BS, 1)1.0
A. Kolarek1.0
C. Whitley1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey6.06330305.201.3313.5
P. Strop (W, 3-2)1.00000103.131.2010.5
C. Edwards (H, 12)0.21001102.410.95-1.5
K. Uehara (H, 11)0.10000102.931.160.5
W. Davis1.01001001.861.001.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey6.0
P. Strop (W, 3-2)1.0
C. Edwards (H, 12)0.2
K. Uehara (H, 11)0.1
W. Davis1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Snell
  • HBP - C. Whitley (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-60, E. Ramirez 27-16, A. Kolarek 12-9, C. Whitley 23-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, A. Kolarek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 22, E. Ramirez 7, A. Kolarek 5, C. Whitley 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 79-53, P. Strop 12-9, C. Edwards 14-7, K. Uehara 6-4, W. Davis 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 7-6, P. Strop 2-0, C. Edwards 1-0, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 22, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4, K. Uehara, W. Davis 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith CF43400000.333.405.417.82210.0
C. Dickerson LF30110102.318.363.558.9214.0
E. Longoria 3B30120012.255.315.426.7412.5
L. Morrison 1B40200010.260.368.578.9451.5
S. Souza RF40000013.268.367.495.862-0.5
T. Beckham 2B30000100.274.327.433.7601.0
A. Hechavarria SS40000011.293.305.380.686-0.5
J. Sucre C30000020.250.273.404.677-1.0
B. Snell P20000000.000.250.000.2500.0
E. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Kolarek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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C. Whitley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Kolarek in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Contreras C40100121.258.327.449.7761.0
K. Bryant 3B32100202.263.394.505.8995.0
A. Rizzo 1B31220201.263.394.510.9048.0
B. Zobrist RF30000015.214.310.373.683-0.5
I. Happ LF41220012.269.337.569.9064.5
A. Almora CF40100012.263.332.377.7090.5
J. Baez 2B41200002.261.300.462.7624.0
A. Russell SS30000113.232.302.392.6940.5
J. Lackey P20000013.152.152.182.333-0.5
a- J. Jay PH11131000.305.382.409.7908.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Uehara P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. La Stella PH01000000.260.377.400.7772.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Lackey in the 6th
  • b-hit by pitch for Uehara in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Smith (4), C. Dickerson (22)
  • SF - E. Longoria (7)
  • RBI - C. Dickerson (41), E. Longoria 2 (51)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (16), J. Baez (15)
  • HR - J. Jay (2)
  • SH - B. Zobrist
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (54), I. Happ 2 (29), J. Jay 3 (18)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (22), J. Jay 3 (10)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (10)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Happ
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell5.04004504.851.639.5
E. Ramirez (L, 4-3) (BS, 1)1.03441115.181.26-9.5
A. Kolarek1.02110002.701.200.0
C. Whitley1.01221103.471.02-0.5
Total8.01077671---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell5.0
E. Ramirez (L, 4-3) (BS, 1)1.0
A. Kolarek1.0
C. Whitley1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lackey6.06330305.201.3313.5
P. Strop (W, 3-2)1.00000103.131.2010.5
C. Edwards (H, 12)0.21001102.410.95-1.5
K. Uehara (H, 11)0.10000102.931.160.5
W. Davis1.01001001.861.001.0
Total9.0833260---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lackey6.0
P. Strop (W, 3-2)1.0
C. Edwards (H, 12)0.2
K. Uehara (H, 11)0.1
W. Davis1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Snell
  • HBP - C. Whitley (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-60, E. Ramirez 27-16, A. Kolarek 12-9, C. Whitley 23-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-5, A. Kolarek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 22, E. Ramirez 7, A. Kolarek 5, C. Whitley 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lackey 79-53, P. Strop 12-9, C. Edwards 14-7, K. Uehara 6-4, W. Davis 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lackey 7-6, P. Strop 2-0, C. Edwards 1-0, W. Davis 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lackey 22, P. Strop 3, C. Edwards 4, K. Uehara, W. Davis 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Rizzo doubled to left center, La Stella and Bryant scored37
  • 7TH INNING
    Happ singled to center, Bryant and Rizzo scored35
  • 6TH INNING
    Jay homered to left center, Happ and Baez scored33
    Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored30
  • 3RD INNING
    Dickerson doubled to deep left, Smith scored, Dickerson out at third20
  • 1ST INNING
    Longoria singled to center, Smith scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Morrison singled to right
    • S. Souza: Souza grounded into double play third to second to first, Morrison out at second
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham walked
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Hechavarria grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Pedro Strop
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • Shane Peterson hit for Adam Kolarek
    • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Ball, Peterson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith singled to right
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked, Smith to second
    • Koji Uehara relieved Carl Edwards
    • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chase Whitley pitching
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Russell popped out to second
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Koji Uehara
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, La Stella hit by pitch
    • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul tip, Contreras struck out on foul tip
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant walked, La Stella to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo doubled to left center, La Stella and Bryant scored
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Rizzo out at third, Rizzo out at third
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Souza grounded out to second
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hechavarria struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • E. Ramirez Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • Adam Kolarek relieved Erasmo Ramirez
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo singled to left, Bryant to second
    • B. Zobrist: Foul, Zobrist hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Happ singled to center, Bryant and Rizzo scored
    • A. Almora: Almora lined out to right
    • J. Baez: Baez flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Smith doubled to left
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to first, Smith to third
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Longoria hit sacrifice fly to center, Smith scored
    • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Erasmo Ramirez relieved Blake Snell
    • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Happ reached on an infield single to first
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Almora flied out to deep left
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez singled to left, Happ to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Russell lined out to third
    • Jon Jay hit for John Lackey
    • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Foul, Jay homered to left center, Happ and Baez scored
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sucre popped out to shortstop
    • B. Snell: Snell grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant flied out to deep center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo flied out to deep left
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Contreras out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • L. Morrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morrison flied out to deep left
    • S. Souza: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Almora singled to center
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Baez grounded out to second, Almora to second
    • A. Russell: Russell intentionally walked
    • J. Lackey: Strike looking, Lackey grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • B. Snell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Snell grounded out to second
    • M. Smith: Smith singled to right
    • C. Dickerson: Pickoff attempt, Dickerson doubled to deep left, Smith scored, Dickerson out at third
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bryant singled to left center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zobrist lined into double play first, Rizzo out at first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria flied out to center
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Baez doubled to left center
    • A. Russell: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • J. Lackey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lackey struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lackey Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith singled to right
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike looking, Dickerson lined out to center
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Smith stole second, Longoria singled to center, Smith scored
    • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison singled to left center, Longoria to second
    • S. Souza: Ball, Souza grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Morrison out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras singled to center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant flied out to center, Contreras to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Zobrist struck out looking
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Ball, Happ popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)