Contreras hits 3rd HR in 2 games, Cubs beat White Sox 8-4

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs figured it was just a matter of time before Willson Contreras would start knocking the ball around.

He sure is on a tear at the moment.

Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox 8-4 on Saturday at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.

Contreras continued his surge after hitting two home runs and setting a career high with seven RBIs in Friday's 11-2 romp. He had an RBI single in the second, a two-run drive in the seventh and finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Contreras is 10 for 15 with eight extra-base hits, 11 RBIs and five runs over the past three games. His average has jumped from .230 to 281.

''It's no big surprise for me,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''I think that's who he is. When he's right, he hits better pitching. He hits better pitching hard. He puts balls in gaps and over walls.''

He also gives protection in the middle of the order to Anthony Rizzo, on quite a tear of his own.

The three-time All-Star continued his surge with a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields after the start was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes. Rizzo is batting .342 with 14 RBIs in May.

''When (Contreras) gets going, you've got protection for Riz and it just lengthens our lineup,'' pitcher Jon Lester said. ''When you're able to do that, it makes our jobs a lot easier (in the bottom of the order).''

Javier Baez added two hits and scored twice in his first appearance in the leadoff spot this season.

Lester (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. The four-time All-Star has a 1.82 ERA in his past five starts.

Brandon Morrow came in with runners on second and third in the ninth after right fielder Kris Bryant dropped Trayce Thompson's fly and got three outs for his ninth save in 10 chances . He walked Tim Anderson to load the bases before retiring Jose Abreu on a game-ending grounder.

The White Sox lost their seventh straight to fall to 9-27 - the worst 36-game start in franchise history.

Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer in the eighth.

Shields (1-4) went six innings, allowing five runs and seven hits. The veteran right-hander is winless in seven starts and eight appearances since a season-opening victory at Kansas City.

''One through nine, they execute,'' Shields said. ''They're aggressive, they take pitches when they need to and they get on base when they need to and get the runners in. So that's a tough lineup over there, no doubt about it. They're swinging the bats right now.''

JUMPING AHEAD

The Cubs have outscored the Miami Marlins and White Sox 50-15 during their win streak. They quickly jumped on Shields in this one.

Rizzo's drive to left-center gave him six homers this season and five in the past nine games. David Bote added an RBI single in the inning.

Contreras drove in another run with a single in the second and made it 7-1 with his homer against Chris Beck in the seventh.

QUOTABLE

''He's an exciting point guard. You've got to keep your eye on him. He's Tiny Archibald, Norm Van Lier.'' - Maddon on Baez.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Manager Rick Renteria said RHP Miguel Gonzalez (rotator cuff inflammation) had a ''little bit'' of a setback on Friday and a rehab assignment is not imminent.

Cubs: Maddon had no update on RF Jason Heyward (concussion). The five-time Gold Glove winner banged his head against the right-field wall trying to rob Dexter Fowler of a game-ending homer at St. Louis last Sunday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (1-4, 7.25 ERA) - 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his past four starts - tries to get on track.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-2, 3.02 ERA) goes for his second straight win after holding Miami to two runs over eight innings on Monday.

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  • W: J. Lester (3-1)L: J. Shields (1-4)S: B. Morrow (9)
  • HR: CHW - M. Davidson (10), CHC - A. Rizzo (6), W. Contreras (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Engel CF42300000.190.266.250.5166.0
a- D. Palka PH10000012.295.311.614.925-0.5
T. Anderson SS40000114.243.299.441.7400.5
J. Abreu 1B51210003.285.353.496.8495.0
M. Davidson 3B31131111.250.380.563.9428.5
W. Castillo C30100110.241.298.460.7581.5
J. Rondon 2B40000024.250.250.333.583-1.0
L. Garcia LF30100110.247.295.337.6321.5
T. Thompson RF40000002.107.138.286.4240.0
J. Shields P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- N. Delmonico PH10000000.230.342.300.6420.0
C. Beck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Bummer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- Y. Sanchez PH10000012.298.333.443.776-0.5
  • a-struck out for Engel in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Shields in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rondon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Baez 3B52200014.283.320.623.9437.5
K. Bryant RF31000201.294.433.5971.0303.0
A. Rizzo 1B42131101.214.299.393.69210.0
W. Contreras C51331000.281.352.516.86810.0
K. Schwarber LF41000113.260.369.519.8881.5
B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Russell SS31100102.256.343.368.7113.0
A. Almora CF30000112.280.339.380.7190.5
D. Bote 2B30210100.294.316.412.7286.0
J. Lester P20000002.133.133.133.2670.0
J. Wilson P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- M. Zagunis PH00010100.667.7501.0001.7502.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Montgomery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Zobrist LF00000000.309.378.420.7980.0
  • a-walked for Wilson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Engel (3), J. Abreu (8)
  • HR - M. Davidson (10)
  • RBI - J. Abreu (21), M. Davidson 3 (22)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Baez (4)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (6), W. Contreras (4)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (23), W. Contreras 3 (19), D. Bote (5), M. Zagunis
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote (3), M. Zagunis
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (4), D. Bote
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bote-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Bryant (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Shields (L, 1-4)6.07553415.441.380.0
C. Beck0.21333014.381.78-7.0
A. Bummer0.10002004.761.85-2.0
B. Rondon1.01000004.501.422.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Shields (L, 1-4)6.0
C. Beck0.2
A. Bummer0.1
B. Rondon1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 3-1)5.24113502.661.3216.5
J. Wilson (H, 2)1.10000003.521.433.0
C. Edwards0.23330112.041.02-5.5
M. Montgomery0.11000104.501.44-0.5
B. Morrow (S, 9)1.00001201.291.0710.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 3-1)5.2
J. Wilson (H, 2)1.1
C. Edwards0.2
M. Montgomery0.1
B. Morrow (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 100-62, C. Beck 23-7, A. Bummer 10-2, B. Rondon 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-10, C. Beck 2-0, A. Bummer 1-0, B. Rondon 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, C. Beck 6, A. Bummer 3, B. Rondon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 92-56, J. Wilson 23-16, C. Edwards 31-18, M. Montgomery 9-7, B. Morrow 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 2-9, J. Wilson 2-2, C. Edwards 1-0, B. Morrow 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, J. Wilson 4, C. Edwards 5, M. Montgomery 3, B. Morrow 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Engel CF42300000.190.266.250.5166.0
a- D. Palka PH10000012.295.311.614.925-0.5
T. Anderson SS40000114.243.299.441.7400.5
J. Abreu 1B51210003.285.353.496.8495.0
M. Davidson 3B31131111.250.380.563.9428.5
W. Castillo C30100110.241.298.460.7581.5
J. Rondon 2B40000024.250.250.333.583-1.0
L. Garcia LF30100110.247.295.337.6321.5
T. Thompson RF40000002.107.138.286.4240.0
J. Shields P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
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A. Bummer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Rondon P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- Y. Sanchez PH10000012.298.333.443.776-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Engel in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Shields in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Rondon in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Baez 3B52200014.283.320.623.9437.5
K. Bryant RF31000201.294.433.5971.0303.0
A. Rizzo 1B42131101.214.299.393.69210.0
W. Contreras C51331000.281.352.516.86810.0
K. Schwarber LF41000113.260.369.519.8881.5
B. Morrow P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Russell SS31100102.256.343.368.7113.0
A. Almora CF30000112.280.339.380.7190.5
D. Bote 2B30210100.294.316.412.7286.0
J. Lester P20000002.133.133.133.2670.0
J. Wilson P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- M. Zagunis PH00010100.667.7501.0001.7502.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Montgomery P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Zobrist LF00000000.309.378.420.7980.0
Total3389828416-----
  • a-walked for Wilson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Engel (3), J. Abreu (8)
  • HR - M. Davidson (10)
  • RBI - J. Abreu (21), M. Davidson 3 (22)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Baez (4)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (6), W. Contreras (4)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (23), W. Contreras 3 (19), D. Bote (5), M. Zagunis
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote (3), M. Zagunis
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Baez (4), D. Bote
FIELDING
  • DP - (Bote-Russell-Rizzo)
  • E - K. Bryant (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Shields (L, 1-4)6.07553415.441.380.0
C. Beck0.21333014.381.78-7.0
A. Bummer0.10002004.761.85-2.0
B. Rondon1.01000004.501.422.0
Total8.0988842---
PITCHERSIP
J. Shields (L, 1-4)6.0
C. Beck0.2
A. Bummer0.1
B. Rondon1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 3-1)5.24113502.661.3216.5
J. Wilson (H, 2)1.10000003.521.433.0
C. Edwards0.23330112.041.02-5.5
M. Montgomery0.11000104.501.44-0.5
B. Morrow (S, 9)1.00001201.291.0710.0
Total9.0844491---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 3-1)5.2
J. Wilson (H, 2)1.1
C. Edwards0.2
M. Montgomery0.1
B. Morrow (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 100-62, C. Beck 23-7, A. Bummer 10-2, B. Rondon 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 4-10, C. Beck 2-0, A. Bummer 1-0, B. Rondon 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Shields 28, C. Beck 6, A. Bummer 3, B. Rondon 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 92-56, J. Wilson 23-16, C. Edwards 31-18, M. Montgomery 9-7, B. Morrow 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 2-9, J. Wilson 2-2, C. Edwards 1-0, B. Morrow 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 23, J. Wilson 4, C. Edwards 5, M. Montgomery 3, B. Morrow 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Davidson homered to right center, Engel and Abreu scored48
  • 7TH INNING
    Zagunis walked, Russell scored, Almora to third, Bote to second18
    Contreras homered to center, Rizzo scored17
  • 6TH INNING
    Abreu grounded out to second, Engel scored15
  • 2ND INNING
    Contreras singled to center, Baez scored, Rizzo to second05
  • 1ST INNING
    Bote singled to left, Schwarber scored, Russell to third04
    Rizzo homered to left center, Baez and Bryant scored03
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia reached on an infield single to third
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Ball, Thompson safe at first on right fielder Bryant fielding error, Garcia to third, Thompson to second
    • Yolmer Sanchez hit for Bruce Rondon
    • Ben Zobrist in left
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Daniel Palka hit for Adam Engel
    • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
    • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • J. Abreu: Foul, Strike swinging, Abreu grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Engel singled to center
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Abreu doubled to deep right center, Engel to third
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Davidson homered to right center, Engel and Abreu scored
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castillo grounded out to first
    • Mike Montgomery relieved Carl Edwards
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bruce Rondon relieved Aaron Bummer
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to shallow center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras singled to left
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Wilson Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Thompson fouled out to third
    • Nicky Delmonico hit for James Shields
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Delmonico flied out to shallow center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Beck pitching
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Bryant out at second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras homered to center, Rizzo scored
    • K. Schwarber: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell walked
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked, Russell to second
    • Aaron Bummer relieved Chris Beck
    • D. Bote: Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bote walked, Russell to third, Almora to second
    • Mark Zagunis hit for Justin Wilson
    • M. Zagunis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zagunis walked, Russell scored, Almora to third, Bote to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Engel doubled to deep left
    • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to center, Engel to third
    • J. Abreu: Abreu grounded out to second, Engel scored
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davidson walked
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castillo singled to center, Davidson to third
    • Justin Wilson relieved Jon Lester
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Rondon grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Castillo out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Almora popped out to first
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bote reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Wilson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bote stole second, Strike swinging, Wilson struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Thompson flied out to left
    • J. Shields: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Shields flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Russell popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu singled to left
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davidson struck out looking
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castillo walked, Abreu to second
    • J. Rondon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Castillo out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez flied out to deep left
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant flied out to center
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • L. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Thompson lined out to left
    • J. Shields: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shields struck out swinging
    • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Engel reached on bunt single to pitcher, Garcia to second
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora lined out to right
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Bote flied out to deep left
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lester grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Davidson flied out to right
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez reached on an infield single to second
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bryant flied out to center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Baez stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Foul, Contreras singled to center, Baez scored, Rizzo to second
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber reached on fielder's choice to second, Rizzo to third, Contreras out at second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • A. Engel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Engel flied out to deep left
    • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson flied out to center
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez tripled to deep right
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo homered to left center, Baez and Bryant scored
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras lined out to right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Russell singled to left center, Schwarber to second
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
    • D. Bote: Bote singled to left, Schwarber scored, Russell to third
    • J. Lester: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lester grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)