Bryant gallops home, Cubs rally in 8th, edge Cardinals 3-2

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant wasn't going to let a sprained pinkie and a broken bat hold him back.

They certainly didn't slow him down.

Bryant raced home from first base on Anthony Rizzo's bloop double, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Saturday in the ever-tightening NL Central race.

Bryant also had a tying, broken-bat single during the comeback. The reigning NL MVP hurt his left pinkie on Wednesday and Cubs manager Joe Maddon considered him unlikely to play this game after the injury kept him out of Friday's 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.

''KB being able to play was the difference in today's game,'' Maddon said. ''The combination of the hit and his speed, I don't think anybody else scores on that. Maybe Jason (Heyward), possibly. Happer (Ian Happ), possibly. But KB is such a good baserunner. He had it in his head the moment the ball was hit.''

The Cubs began the day one game behind shaky Milwaukee for the division lead, with the Cardinals 3 1/2 back of the Brewers.

A classic pitchers' duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright kept it scoreless into the eighth.

After Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit two-out homers off Lester for a 2-0 lead, the Cubs came back.

Ben Zobrist's RBI double with two outs made it 2-1 and chased Wainwright. Bryant greeted reliever Matt Bowman (2-4) with a single that tied it.

Brett Cecil then relieved and on a 3-2 pitch, Rizzo hit a looper to shallow left-center. Bryant ran hard the whole way and slid home feet first as catcher Yadier Molina couldn't control center fielder Dexter Fowler's one-hop throw.

Statcast showed Rizzo's hit landed 252 feet from the plate - it was 270 feet from first to home for Bryant.

''Full count, I got a head start, so that was huge,'' Bryant said. ''You've got to give him (Rizzo) a ton of credit. He worked a great at-bat. Something I take pride in is my baserunning and surprising people.''

Lester (7-6) had a perfect game until Wainwright singled with two outs in the sixth. Lester gave up three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.

Wade Davis issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth before fanning Molina for his 19th saves in 19 chances.

Wainwright allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings, retiring 14 straight at one point.

''Some of my best execution,'' Wainwright said. ''My stuff was good, my execution was good and the defense played great behind me, so it was a good recipe. It just didn't work out.''

EMOTIONAL WIN

Lester wrote the letters ''PLACT'' written on his cap Saturday and choked up when asked about it following the game.

''My family - I lost my uncle yesterday,'' Lester said. ''For the Notre Dame fans, he went to Notre Dame, so it's `Play Like a Champion Today.' Just to let him know that I was thinking of him.''

''Play Like a Champion Today'' is a hallowed sign outside the Notre Dame football team's locker room.

HENDRICKS READY, MONTGOMERY TO PEN

Kyle Hendricks, who has not pitched since June 4 due to tendinitis in his pitching hand, will return to the Cubs rotation on Monday against the White Sox. The 27-year-old righty is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts this season after going 16-8 with a major league-best 2.13 ERA last season.

Mike Montgomery will go back to the bullpen to make room for Hendricks, Maddon said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Jose Martinez passed initial concussion-protocol tests after being struck on the side of the head by a foul ball in the dugout on Friday. ... Molina (sore right ankle) returned to the lineup. He was a late scratch on Friday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (7-3, 3.71 ERA) and Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (5-8, 4.20) are set to start the series finale Sunday night. Wacha pitched the first complete game of his career in the Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the Mets on Tuesday and is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in July. Quintana, acquired in a trade with the White Sox on July 13, struck out 12 in seven scoreless innings to win his Cubs debut last Sunday.

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  • W: J. Lester (7-6)L: M. Bowman (2-4)S: W. Davis (19)
  • HR: STL - R. Grichuk (11), P. DeJong (11)
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T. Pham LF40000020.307.390.527.917-1.0
D. Fowler CF30000120.246.335.461.7970.0
J. Gyorko 3B30000110.284.350.488.8380.5
Y. Molina C30000022.266.301.406.7070.0
L. Voit 1B30000011.264.339.547.886-0.5
K. Wong 2B00000000.299.391.425.8160.0
P. DeJong SS31111020.279.294.558.8525.0
R. Grichuk RF31111000.222.277.435.7126.0
A. Wainwright P30100010.231.250.436.6860.5
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zobrist 2B41110000.223.310.382.6924.0
    W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    K. Bryant 3B41210000.278.402.528.9304.0
    A. Rizzo 1B40110011.254.376.507.8832.5
    W. Contreras C30000101.269.335.484.8190.0
    K. Schwarber LF30000010.179.299.393.692-0.5
    J. Baez 2B00000000.274.311.481.7920.0
    A. Russell SS30000001.238.304.413.7160.0
    J. Heyward RF30100000.269.326.417.7433.0
    J. Jay CF-LF31100001.289.371.380.7512.0
    J. Lester P20000000.105.167.158.3250.0
    a- I. Happ PH-CF10000011.257.322.519.841-0.5
    • a-struck out for Lester in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - P. DeJong (11), R. Grichuk (11)
    • RBI - P. DeJong (25), R. Grichuk (33)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong (9), R. Grichuk (13)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Zobrist (10), A. Rizzo (18)
    • 3B - J. Heyward (4)
    • RBI - B. Zobrist (30), K. Bryant (41), A. Rizzo (62)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (10), K. Bryant (17), A. Rizzo (26)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - W. Contreras (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Gyorko (9)
    • PB - Y. Molina (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Wainwright7.24220304.891.4219.5
    M. Bowman (L, 2-4) (BS, 2)0.01110003.701.09-7.0
    B. Cecil0.11001003.661.32-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Wainwright7.2
    M. Bowman (L, 2-4) (BS, 2)0.0
    B. Cecil0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (W, 7-6)8.032201023.951.2434.0
    W. Davis (S, 19)1.00002202.181.129.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (W, 7-6)8.0
    W. Davis (S, 19)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Cecil (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 107-76, M. Bowman 3-2, B. Cecil 8-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 14-7
    • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 28, M. Bowman, B. Cecil 2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Lester (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-66, W. Davis 25-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 9-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, W. Davis 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Carpenter 2B-1B40000011.248.379.450.830-0.5
    T. Pham LF40000020.307.390.527.917-1.0
    D. Fowler CF30000120.246.335.461.7970.0
    J. Gyorko 3B30000110.284.350.488.8380.5
    Y. Molina C30000022.266.301.406.7070.0
    L. Voit 1B30000011.264.339.547.886-0.5
    K. Wong 2B00000000.299.391.425.8160.0
    P. DeJong SS31111020.279.294.558.8525.0
    R. Grichuk RF31111000.222.277.435.7126.0
    A. Wainwright P30100010.231.250.436.6860.5
    M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Cecil P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Zobrist 2B41110000.223.310.382.6924.0
      W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      K. Bryant 3B41210000.278.402.528.9304.0
      A. Rizzo 1B40110011.254.376.507.8832.5
      W. Contreras C30000101.269.335.484.8190.0
      K. Schwarber LF30000010.179.299.393.692-0.5
      J. Baez 2B00000000.274.311.481.7920.0
      A. Russell SS30000001.238.304.413.7160.0
      J. Heyward RF30100000.269.326.417.7433.0
      J. Jay CF-LF31100001.289.371.380.7512.0
      J. Lester P20000000.105.167.158.3250.0
      a- I. Happ PH-CF10000011.257.322.519.841-0.5
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      • a-struck out for Lester in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - P. DeJong (11), R. Grichuk (11)
      • RBI - P. DeJong (25), R. Grichuk (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong (9), R. Grichuk (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zobrist (10), A. Rizzo (18)
      • 3B - J. Heyward (4)
      • RBI - B. Zobrist (30), K. Bryant (41), A. Rizzo (62)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Zobrist (10), K. Bryant (17), A. Rizzo (26)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Contreras (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Gyorko (9)
      • PB - Y. Molina (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Wainwright7.24220304.891.4219.5
      M. Bowman (L, 2-4) (BS, 2)0.01110003.701.09-7.0
      B. Cecil0.11001003.661.32-2.0
      Total8.0633130---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Wainwright7.2
      M. Bowman (L, 2-4) (BS, 2)0.0
      B. Cecil0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (W, 7-6)8.032201023.951.2434.0
      W. Davis (S, 19)1.00002202.181.129.0
      Total9.03222122---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (W, 7-6)8.0
      W. Davis (S, 19)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Cecil (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 107-76, M. Bowman 3-2, B. Cecil 8-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 14-7
      • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 28, M. Bowman, B. Cecil 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Lester (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-66, W. Davis 25-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 9-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, W. Davis 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Rizzo doubled to left, Bryant scored23
        Bryant singled to left, Zobrist scored22
        Zobrist doubled to deep right center, Jay scored21
        Grichuk homered to center20
        DeJong homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wade Davis pitching
        • Javier Baez at second
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter fouled out to third
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked, Fowler to second
        • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina hit by pitch
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Voit grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Molina out at second
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeJong homered to left
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk homered to center
        • A. Wainwright: Ball, Ball, Ball, Wainwright flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kolten Wong at second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward lined out to left
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay singled to center
        • Ian Happ hit for Jon Lester
        • I. Happ: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
        • B. Zobrist: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Zobrist doubled to deep right center, Jay scored
        • Matt Bowman relieved Adam Wainwright
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant singled to left, Zobrist scored
        • Brett Cecil relieved Matt Bowman
        • A. Rizzo: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Rizzo doubled to left, Bryant scored
        • W. Contreras: Contreras intentionally walked
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep right
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schwarber safe at first on 3rd baseman Gyorko fielding error
        • A. Russell: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Schwarber to second on passed ball, Russell popped out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to third
        • A. Wainwright: Wainwright singled to left
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • J. Lester: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lester grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bryant grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Molina lined out to right
        • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Ball, Foul, Russell lined out to center
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Jay: Foul, Jay flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to left
        • T. Pham: Foul, Ball, Pham grounded out to first
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Wainwright: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wainwright struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lester grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to catcher
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
        • L. Voit: Voit grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Russell lined out to shortstop
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward tripled to deep right
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham flied out to right
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Wainwright Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to first
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant singled to right center
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Rizzo struck out on foul tip
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)