Schwarber powers streaking Cubs to 6-3 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Schwarber got off to a terrible start this year with the Chicago Cubs. He was sent down to Triple-A Iowa last month and then recalled after a short stint in the minors.

After months of work with a couple of different hitting coaches, it looks as if he might be coming around at the plate.

Schwarber homered twice and drove in four runs, and the rolling Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory.

''It's all paying off,'' he said. ''Like I said, I can't be result-based. I want to be process-based still, and today was a good day.''

Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester pitched seven effective innings as the Cubs improved to 11-2 since the All-Star break. The NL Central leaders also increased their advantage over the second-place Brewers to 1 1/2 games ahead of their big series this weekend in Milwaukee.

Lester (8-6) allowed two runs and four hits in his third straight win since he got just two outs in the shortest start of his career on July 9 against Pittsburgh. The starting pitchers for the Cubs are 10-0 with a 2.50 ERA in the last 13 games.

''We got a chain going,'' Lester said. ''We're pitching well. We're playing well on all aspects of the game. We're doing everything pretty solid right now.''

Jose Abreu homered twice and Willy Garcia also went deep for the lowly White Sox, who have lost seven in a row at home for the first time since 2011 and 12 of 13 overall. Mike Pelfrey (3-8) was tagged for five runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

''I'd like to go a lot deeper,'' Pelfrey said. ''It's kind of been a concern all year. Tonight I felt like I could've gone deeper being at 75 pitches, but I wasn't necessarily getting guys out to do my part.''

After winning 3-1 at Wrigley Field on Monday, the White Sox dropped three in a row by a combined score of 21-8. The Cubs won the season series for the first time since they went 4-0 against the White Sox in 2013.

Garcia's leadoff drive in the third put the White Sox in front, but the Cubs went ahead to stay with three in the fourth.

Rizzo led off with a drive to right-center for his 24th homer. Willson Contreras then walked and Schwarber belted an opposite-field shot to left for his 16th of the season.

Schwarber added a run-scoring triple in the sixth against David Holmberg and a solo drive off Aaron Bummer in the eighth for his fourth career multihomer game. He is batting .333 (8 for 24) with three homers and six RBIs in his last eight games.

''Right now the game's slowing down again. His confidence is building,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''As his confidence builds, you're going to see less swings and misses on his pitch, or less fouling off of his pitch. It was really nice to see tonight.''

Rizzo and Albert Almora Jr. each had two hits for the Cubs, who improved to 8-7 in interleague play after going 15-5 against the American League last year. Contreras walked twice and scored two runs, continuing an impressive July for the young catcher.

MAKING MOVES

The White Sox placed All-Star outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list and traded reliever Dan Jennings to Tampa Bay for minor league first baseman Casey Gillaspie. Willy Garcia and Bummer were promoted from Triple-A Charlotte.

Avisail Garcia is out with a sprained right thumb. He has been one of Chicago's only bright spots, batting .303 with 13 homers and 54 RBIs in 88 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF Jon Jay was hit on the head by a pitch from Holmberg in the sixth. Maddon and a trainer came out to check on him, but he stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (6-8, 4.22 ERA) makes his third start with the Cubs on Friday night at Milwaukee. ''Tomorrow is a big night for us. It's exciting,'' said Quintana, who was acquired in a trade with the White Sox on July 13. LHP Brent Suter (1-1, 2.84 ERA) gets the ball for the Brewers.

White Sox: LHP Derek Holland (5-9, 5.12 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against Cleveland on Friday night. RHP Danny Salazar (3-5, 4.79 ERA) pitches for the AL Central-leading Indians.

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  • W: J. Lester (8-6)L: M. Pelfrey (3-8)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (24), K. Schwarber 2 (17), CHW - W. Garcia (2), J. Abreu 2 (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist 2B50000002.224.313.382.6940.0
K. Bryant 3B30010020.274.394.516.9100.0
A. Rizzo 1B41211010.261.386.516.9028.5
W. Contreras C22100200.275.341.498.8405.0
K. Schwarber DH42342002.191.308.434.74217.0
J. Heyward RF40100001.259.318.402.7201.0
J. Jay LF30000031.299.390.391.781-1.5
A. Russell SS40000012.238.302.419.721-0.5
A. Almora CF41200000.282.338.410.7484.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Anderson SS40000001.239.261.356.6170.0
    M. Cabrera LF40100000.289.331.430.7611.0
    J. Abreu 1B42222011.297.352.521.87311.5
    M. Davidson 3B40000011.239.280.484.764-0.5
    T. Saladino DH30100011.205.295.273.5680.5
    a- Y. Sanchez PH-DH10000000.261.318.389.7070.0
    Y. Moncada 2B40000011.111.250.296.546-0.5
    W. Garcia RF31111010.261.316.455.7715.5
    K. Smith C30000000.263.288.336.6230.0
    A. Engel CF10000110.230.304.363.6670.5
    b- A. Hanson PH-CF10000000.216.264.319.5830.0
    • a-popped out for Saladino in the 9th
    • b-lined out for Engel in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Almora (12)
    • 3B - K. Schwarber
    • HR - A. Rizzo (24), K. Schwarber 2 (17)
    • SF - K. Bryant (2)
    • RBI - K. Bryant (43), A. Rizzo (67), K. Schwarber 4 (36)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (14)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Abreu 2 (18), W. Garcia (2)
    • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (63), W. Garcia (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Rizzo (6)
    • CS - J. Jay
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (W, 8-6)7.04221423.881.2126.0
    C. Edwards1.00000002.611.023.0
    K. Uehara1.01110213.441.152.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (W, 8-6)7.0
    C. Edwards1.0
    K. Uehara1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Pelfrey (L, 3-8)5.06552324.731.46-1.5
    D. Holmberg0.11000003.661.44-1.0
    J. Minaya0.20000105.061.270.5
    T. Clippard1.00000105.121.373.5
    A. Bummer1.01110119.001.001.5
    J. Petricka1.01000108.491.802.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-61, C. Edwards 11-7, K. Uehara 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-10
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 3, K. Uehara 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - D. Holmberg (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 75-45, D. Holmberg 9-7, J. Minaya 5-3, T. Clippard 17-10, A. Bummer 11-7, J. Petricka 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 7-4, D. Holmberg 1-0, A. Bummer 1-1, J. Petricka 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 22, D. Holmberg 3, J. Minaya, T. Clippard 3, A. Bummer 4, J. Petricka 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    CHC54-47
    000311010690
    CHW39-60
    001100001350
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zobrist 2B50000002.224.313.382.6940.0
    K. Bryant 3B30010020.274.394.516.9100.0
    A. Rizzo 1B41211010.261.386.516.9028.5
    W. Contreras C22100200.275.341.498.8405.0
    K. Schwarber DH42342002.191.308.434.74217.0
    J. Heyward RF40100001.259.318.402.7201.0
    J. Jay LF30000031.299.390.391.781-1.5
    A. Russell SS40000012.238.302.419.721-0.5
    A. Almora CF41200000.282.338.410.7484.0
    Total336963278-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Anderson SS40000001.239.261.356.6170.0
      M. Cabrera LF40100000.289.331.430.7611.0
      J. Abreu 1B42222011.297.352.521.87311.5
      M. Davidson 3B40000011.239.280.484.764-0.5
      T. Saladino DH30100011.205.295.273.5680.5
      a- Y. Sanchez PH-DH10000000.261.318.389.7070.0
      Y. Moncada 2B40000011.111.250.296.546-0.5
      W. Garcia RF31111010.261.316.455.7715.5
      K. Smith C30000000.263.288.336.6230.0
      A. Engel CF10000110.230.304.363.6670.5
      b- A. Hanson PH-CF10000000.216.264.319.5830.0
      Total323533165-----
      HITTERSAB
      T. Anderson SS4
      M. Cabrera LF4
      J. Abreu 1B4
      M. Davidson 3B4
      T. Saladino DH3
      a- Y. Sanchez PH-DH1
      Y. Moncada 2B4
      W. Garcia RF3
      K. Smith C3
      A. Engel CF1
      b- A. Hanson PH-CF1
      Total32
      • a-popped out for Saladino in the 9th
      • b-lined out for Engel in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Almora (12)
      • 3B - K. Schwarber
      • HR - A. Rizzo (24), K. Schwarber 2 (17)
      • SF - K. Bryant (2)
      • RBI - K. Bryant (43), A. Rizzo (67), K. Schwarber 4 (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (14)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Abreu 2 (18), W. Garcia (2)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (63), W. Garcia (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Rizzo (6)
      • CS - J. Jay
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (W, 8-6)7.04221423.881.2126.0
      C. Edwards1.00000002.611.023.0
      K. Uehara1.01110213.441.152.0
      Total9.0533163---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (W, 8-6)7.0
      C. Edwards1.0
      K. Uehara1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pelfrey (L, 3-8)5.06552324.731.46-1.5
      D. Holmberg0.11000003.661.44-1.0
      J. Minaya0.20000105.061.270.5
      T. Clippard1.00000105.121.373.5
      A. Bummer1.01110119.001.001.5
      J. Petricka1.01000108.491.802.5
      Total9.0966273---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pelfrey (L, 3-8)5.0
      D. Holmberg0.1
      J. Minaya0.2
      T. Clippard1.0
      A. Bummer1.0
      J. Petricka1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-61, C. Edwards 11-7, K. Uehara 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-10
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 26, C. Edwards 3, K. Uehara 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Holmberg (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pelfrey 75-45, D. Holmberg 9-7, J. Minaya 5-3, T. Clippard 17-10, A. Bummer 11-7, J. Petricka 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pelfrey 7-4, D. Holmberg 1-0, A. Bummer 1-1, J. Petricka 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pelfrey 22, D. Holmberg 3, J. Minaya, T. Clippard 3, A. Bummer 4, J. Petricka 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Abreu homered to center63
      • 8TH INNING
        Schwarber homered to right62
      • 6TH INNING
        Schwarber tripled to left center, Contreras scored52
      • 5TH INNING
        Bryant hit sacrifice fly to center, Almora scored42
      • 4TH INNING
        Abreu homered to left32
        Schwarber homered to left, Contreras scored31
        Rizzo homered to right center11
      • 3RD INNING
        Garcia homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jake Petricka relieved Aaron Bummer
        • J. Jay: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell grounded out to third
        • A. Almora: Almora singled to center
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Koji Uehara relieved Carl Edwards
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu homered to center
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • Yolmer Sanchez hit for Tyler Saladino
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez popped out to third
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Aaron Bummer relieved Tyler Clippard
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Contreras grounded out to third
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber homered to right
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Carl Edwards relieved Jon Lester
        • Alen Hanson hit for Adam Engel
        • A. Hanson: Alen Hanson facing Carl Edwards
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Hanson lined out to right
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Anderson lined out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Juan Minaya
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora popped out to third
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist lined out to center
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to deep center
        • W. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Contreras singled to left center
        • David Holmberg relieved Mike Pelfrey
        • K. Schwarber: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Schwarber tripled to left center, Contreras scored
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward grounded out to first
        • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Ball, Jay hit by pitch
        • Juan Minaya relieved David Holmberg
        • A. Russell: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Jay caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Abreu lined out to third
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davidson flied out to center
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Saladino grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Almora doubled to deep left
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Zobrist grounded out to first, Almora to third
        • K. Bryant: Bryant hit sacrifice fly to center, Almora scored
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rizzo flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • W. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia lined out to left
        • K. Smith: Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Engel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Engel walked
        • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rizzo homered to right center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras walked
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber homered to left, Contreras scored
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Russell grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Abreu homered to left
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson grounded out to third
        • T. Saladino: Saladino singled to right center
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Moncada reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Saladino out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • W. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia homered to left center
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Anderson lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to right
        • J. Jay: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Heyward out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Davidson flied out to center
        • T. Saladino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Saladino struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moncada grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Smith Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Ball, Rizzo singled to right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo stole second, Ball, Contreras walked
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schwarber fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson flied out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
        • J. Abreu: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)