Baez, Cubs overcome Chatwood's wild start to beat Giants 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) Javier Baez still is a work in progress. That excites the Chicago Cubs almost as much as his majestic home runs.

Baez hit a three-run shot and Chicago overcame another wild outing from Tyler Chatwood to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Sunday night.

Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and the bullpen was stellar as the Cubs took two of three in the weekend series.

Baez's homer to right field in the fourth - his 13th - came on a low cutter on the outside edge of the plate, a fact not lost on manager Joe Maddon.

''If you watched him in batting practice, he was killing it to the right side of the field,'' Maddon said. ''If he can just stay with that mentality all the time, there's no telling how good he can be at the plate.''

Chatwood walked five and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander leads the NL with 45 walks, including six in his previous start against Cleveland, when he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Chatwood is 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA in the first season of a $38 million, three-year contract he signed in December.

''I'm grinding right now, for sure,'' he said. ''But the good thing is we won the game.''

Left-hander Randy Rosario (1-0) replaced Chatwood and escaped a bases-loaded jam. The rookie - promoted from the minors Saturday - allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings for his first major league win.

San Francisco starter Ty Blach (3-5) also struggled, allowing five runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He walked four and struck out three.

''He's a guy that goes after them and throws strikes,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''He was just off.''

After San Francisco took a 1-0 lead on two walks and two infield hits, Mac Williamson hit a two-out, two-run single to right to make it 3-0 in the first.

The Cubs quickly tied it with three runs in the bottom half.

Kris Bryant delivered a one-out run-scoring double. Anthony Rizzo followed with a liner up the middle. The ball hit off Blach's glove and struck second base umpire Cory Blaser before rolling slowing towards first base as Bryant scored all the way from second.

After Kyle Schwarber singled to right to put runners on the corners, Addison Russell hit a grounder up the middle. Again, Blach got a glove on it but couldn't make the play, giving Russell a tying hit.

After Baez provided a 6-3 lead with his homer off reliever Pierce Johnson - he now leads the NL with 42 RBIs - Chicago added two more in the fifth on an RBI, pinch-hit single by Tommy La Stella and an RBI double by Almora.

HEAD GAMES

Chatwood will remain in the rotation even though Maddon acknowledged the problem is mental.

''When he's out on the mound, he's trying so hard just to throw a strike or not walk somebody - and that's the issue,'' the manager said. ''He's got to get beyond that, because if that's your focus, sure enough you're gonna walk somebody or you're not gonna throw a strike.''

BOO-ROD

Alex Rodriquez, part of the ESPN crew broadcasting the game from the right-field bleachers, led the seventh inning stretch and was loudly booed by the Wrigley Field crowd.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (broken left pinky) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. He threw 47 pitches and had eight strikeouts. ... C Buster Posey (sore right hip) missed his second straight game. Bochy said Posey may play Monday.

Cubs: OF Ian Happ was held out of the lineup because of a sore shoulder. ... RHP Yu Darvish, placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday with triceps tendinitis, will have a precautionary MRI on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (1-4, 5.68 ERA) looks to snap a three-start losing streak in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Colorado. RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.30) pitches for the Rockies.

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (0-1, 5.33 ERA) makes his first start of the season as Chicago has a quick turnaround for a matinee at Pittsburgh. RHP Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.20) goes for the Pirates.

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  • W: R. Rosario (1-0)L: T. Blach (3-5)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Hernandez CF50200021.315.336.500.8361.0
A. McCutchen RF20000313.236.352.374.7252.5
B. Belt 1B41100115.315.412.573.9852.5
E. Longoria 3B41100114.250.282.444.7252.5
B. Crawford SS51200016.315.359.489.8482.5
P. Sandoval 2B30110002.237.298.368.6662.0
P. Johnson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Jackson PH10000000.248.326.299.6250.0
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Gomez PH10000001.267.267.267.5330.0
M. Williamson LF40120111.267.313.567.8793.5
N. Hundley C40100014.244.278.465.7430.5
T. Blach P00000200.050.136.050.1862.0
K. Tomlinson 2B20000001.216.269.278.5480.0
  • a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Gearrin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almora CF52310001.326.377.457.8348.0
J. Baez 2B51231002.266.298.574.8729.0
K. Bryant 3B41110101.292.411.550.9605.0
A. Rizzo 1B31110200.215.323.361.6835.0
W. Contreras C40100133.269.349.468.8172.5
K. Schwarber LF40100125.257.385.507.8921.0
A. Russell SS40110015.258.341.355.6961.5
J. Heyward RF41100015.224.308.353.6623.5
T. Chatwood P10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
R. Rosario P01000100.0001.000.0001.0002.0
a- T. La Stella PH11110000.344.412.377.7893.0
B. Duensing P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hancock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for R. Rosario in the 5th
BATTING
  • RBI - P. Sandoval (13), M. Williamson 2 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval (3), M. Williamson 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora 2 (10), K. Bryant (16)
  • 3B - W. Contreras (4), J. Heyward (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (13)
  • RBI - A. Almora (13), J. Baez 3 (42), K. Bryant (27), A. Rizzo (33), A. Russell (12), T. La Stella (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (6), A. Russell (7), T. La Stella (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Sandoval-Belt)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Russell-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - W. Contreras 2 (7), J. Heyward (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (L, 3-5)3.07554304.901.60-10.5
P. Johnson3.05331116.261.320.5
R. Moronta1.00000201.521.234.0
C. Gearrin1.01001203.321.572.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (L, 3-5)3.0
P. Johnson3.0
R. Moronta1.0
C. Gearrin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood2.26335304.101.76-6.5
R. Rosario (W, 1-0)2.11002300.000.9211.5
B. Duensing2.01000100.541.205.5
C. Edwards1.00001103.001.212.5
J. Hancock1.01000001.741.062.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 73-41, P. Johnson 56-38, R. Moronta 15-10, C. Gearrin 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 3-2, P. Johnson 3-5
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 19, P. Johnson 15, R. Moronta 3, C. Gearrin 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 88-46, R. Rosario 35-22, B. Duensing 29-18, C. Edwards 18-10, J. Hancock 11-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 3-2, R. Rosario 3-0, B. Duensing 4-1, J. Hancock 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 19, R. Rosario 9, B. Duensing 7, C. Edwards 4, J. Hancock 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Hernandez CF50200021.315.336.500.8361.0
A. McCutchen RF20000313.236.352.374.7252.5
B. Belt 1B41100115.315.412.573.9852.5
E. Longoria 3B41100114.250.282.444.7252.5
B. Crawford SS51200016.315.359.489.8482.5
P. Sandoval 2B30110002.237.298.368.6662.0
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a- A. Jackson PH10000000.248.326.299.6250.0
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C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Gomez PH10000001.267.267.267.5330.0
M. Williamson LF40120111.267.313.567.8793.5
N. Hundley C40100014.244.278.465.7430.5
T. Blach P00000200.050.136.050.1862.0
K. Tomlinson 2B20000001.216.269.278.5480.0
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  • a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Gearrin in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Baez 2B51231002.266.298.574.8729.0
K. Bryant 3B41110101.292.411.550.9605.0
A. Rizzo 1B31110200.215.323.361.6835.0
W. Contreras C40100133.269.349.468.8172.5
K. Schwarber LF40100125.257.385.507.8921.0
A. Russell SS40110015.258.341.355.6961.5
J. Heyward RF41100015.224.308.353.6623.5
T. Chatwood P10100000.250.250.250.5001.0
R. Rosario P01000100.0001.000.0001.0002.0
a- T. La Stella PH11110000.344.412.377.7893.0
B. Duensing P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hancock P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for R. Rosario in the 5th
BATTING
  • RBI - P. Sandoval (13), M. Williamson 2 (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval (3), M. Williamson 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Almora 2 (10), K. Bryant (16)
  • 3B - W. Contreras (4), J. Heyward (3)
  • HR - J. Baez (13)
  • RBI - A. Almora (13), J. Baez 3 (42), K. Bryant (27), A. Rizzo (33), A. Russell (12), T. La Stella (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora (6), A. Russell (7), T. La Stella (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Crawford-Sandoval-Belt)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Russell-Baez-Rizzo; Russell-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - W. Contreras 2 (7), J. Heyward (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Blach (L, 3-5)3.07554304.901.60-10.5
P. Johnson3.05331116.261.320.5
R. Moronta1.00000201.521.234.0
C. Gearrin1.01001203.321.572.0
Total8.01388681---
PITCHERSIP
T. Blach (L, 3-5)3.0
P. Johnson3.0
R. Moronta1.0
C. Gearrin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Chatwood2.26335304.101.76-6.5
R. Rosario (W, 1-0)2.11002300.000.9211.5
B. Duensing2.01000100.541.205.5
C. Edwards1.00001103.001.212.5
J. Hancock1.01000001.741.062.0
Total9.0933880---
PITCHERSIP
T. Chatwood2.2
R. Rosario (W, 1-0)2.1
B. Duensing2.0
C. Edwards1.0
J. Hancock1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Blach 73-41, P. Johnson 56-38, R. Moronta 15-10, C. Gearrin 28-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Blach 3-2, P. Johnson 3-5
  • Batters Faced - T. Blach 19, P. Johnson 15, R. Moronta 3, C. Gearrin 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Chatwood 88-46, R. Rosario 35-22, B. Duensing 29-18, C. Edwards 18-10, J. Hancock 11-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Chatwood 3-2, R. Rosario 3-0, B. Duensing 4-1, J. Hancock 1-2
  • Batters Faced - T. Chatwood 19, R. Rosario 9, B. Duensing 7, C. Edwards 4, J. Hancock 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Almora doubled to deep right center, La Stella scored38
    La Stella singled to left, Heyward scored37
  • 4TH INNING
    Baez homered to right center, Rosario and Almora scored36
  • 1ST INNING
    Russell reached on an infield single to second, Rizzo scored, Schwarber to second33
    Rizzo singled to shallow right, Bryant scored32
    Bryant doubled to deep right center, Almora scored31
    Williamson singled to right, Longoria and Crawford scored, Sandoval to third, Williamson to second on right fielder Heyward fielding error30
    Sandoval reached on an infield single to shortstop, Belt scored, Longoria to third, Crawford to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Justin Hancock relieved Carl Edwards
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded out to third
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Crawford singled to center
    • Miguel Gomez hit for Cory Gearrin
    • M. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez flied out to right
    • M. Williamson: Williamson lined out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Brian Duensing
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tomlinson popped out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Belt: Ball, Belt lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cory Gearrin relieved Reyes Moronta
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez singled to right center
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant flied out to right
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked, Baez to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Austin Jackson hit for Pierce Johnson
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Jackson grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Williamson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williamson safe at first on catcher Contreras fielding error
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Hundley grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Williamson out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Reyes Moronta pitching
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • B. Duensing: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duensing struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Brian Duensing pitching
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, McCutchen struck out on foul tip
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Belt singled to right
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Longoria flied out to deep center
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Foul, Crawford grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Belt out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Johnson Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant flied out to center
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo lined out to right
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras tripled to deep right
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Russell flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Rosario Pitching:
    • M. Williamson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Williamson walked
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • K. Tomlinson: Ball, Strike looking, Tomlinson reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Williamson out at second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tomlinson to second on catcher Contreras fielding error, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • P. Johnson Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward tripled to deep right
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Randy Rosario
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Foul, La Stella singled to left, Heyward scored
    • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Almora doubled to deep right center, La Stella scored
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Rosario Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Belt walked
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Longoria singled to left, Belt to second
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sandoval grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Longoria out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • R. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora doubled to deep center, Rosario to third
    • Kelby Tomlinson at second
    • Pierce Johnson pitching
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Baez homered to right center, Rosario and Almora scored
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo flied out to deep center
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Contreras struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sandoval flied out to deep center
    • M. Williamson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williamson struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hundley singled to center
    • T. Blach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blach walked, Hundley to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Hundley to third, Blach to second
    • Randy Rosario relieved Tyler Chatwood
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen grounded into fielder's choice to third, Blach out at third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked, Bryant to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras walked, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heyward flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • T. Blach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blach walked
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Hernandez singled to left, Blach to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked, Blach to third, Hernandez to second
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • B. Crawford: Crawford lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • T. Chatwood: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Chatwood singled to left
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Almora grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Chatwood out at second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Belt reached on fielder's choice to first, McCutchen out at second
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked, Belt to second
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Crawford reached on an infield single to shortstop, Belt to third, Longoria to second
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sandoval reached on an infield single to shortstop, Belt scored, Longoria to third, Crawford to second
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Williamson singled to right, Longoria and Crawford scored, Sandoval to third, Williamson to second on right fielder Heyward fielding error
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Hundley grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • T. Blach Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to second, Almora to second
    • K. Bryant: Bryant doubled to deep right center, Almora scored
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo singled to shallow right, Bryant scored
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber singled to center, Rizzo to third
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Russell reached on an infield single to second, Rizzo scored, Schwarber to second
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heyward flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)