Baez ties career high with 23rd homer, Cubs beat Padres 5-4

CHICAGO (AP) He's already an All-Star, but Javier Baez keeps finding ways to shine even brighter.

Baez tied his career high with his 23rd homer and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs, helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres 5-4 on Friday. The infielder also tripled and threw out a runner at home in the eighth inning as the Cubs survived a late bullpen meltdown.

''Javy's game today was complete,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Too many times in our industry we get hung up just on offensive numbers, but we won that game today on defense.''

Baez, who's batting .299, is at the top of National League MVP candidates, at least as far as his teammates are concerned.

''His numbers are very good and very consistent offensively,'' said Anthony Rizzo, who homered and had three hits. ''Defensively, (running) the bases, he does it all.

''If he continues to do what he does ... and with a first-place team with a lot of expectations. He's just carrying the load.''

Baez credits ''baseball instinct'' for his breakout season.

''It's just reacting to what you see, to be honest,'' Baez said. ''I don't plan it, but as soon as I see it, I just react to it.''

Ben Zobrist drove in two runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who entered one game ahead of Milwaukee. Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead.

Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg's RBI double and Travis Jankowski's run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot's grounder. Baez had thrown out Jankowski at the plate in the eighth when Jankowski tried to score on Hunter Renfroe's grounder to second.

Strop struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges with a man on for his sixth save in nine chances.

''I thought it was a really good battle from our guys,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''We had a lot of really good swings, some good at-bats. They made some big plays on us late in the game.

''Baez had a big one. Bote made a big one (from) third base there at the end.''

Tyson Ross (6-9) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings as the Padres lost for the eighth time in their last nine games. San Diego is an NL-worst 43-69.

Baez led off the second with an opposite-field drive into the right-field bleachers, and Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly in the third.

Christian Villanueva's 20th homer cut the gap in the fourth, but Zobrist grounded into a run-scoring forceout in the fifth and Rizzo homered off Robert Stock for a 4-1 lead in the seventh.

Spangenberg scored when reliever Steve Cishek threw Margot's comebacker into center field for an error in an eighth, an inning that ended when Brandon Kintzler - making his second appearance since his trade from Washington - got Villanueva to line out with the bases loaded.

Ian Happ hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half after Baez's triple.

TRAINER'S ROOM

LF Wil Myers was held out with a bruised left foot, sustained when he fouled off a pitch in sixth inning on Thursday. X-rays were negative and Myers was scheduled for an MRI and CT scan on Friday. Myers has missed 57 games this season with injuries. ''I think he's got a bone bruise on his foot, no fractures,'' Green said.

Cubs: Chicago placed LHP Brian Duensing on the 10-day DL with left shoulder inflammation and recalled lefty Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa for the fourth time this season. Rosario entered in the eighth and walked Eric Hosmer, his only batter. ... Manager Joe Maddon said INF Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) is feeling stronger. Bryant has been out since July 23 with a recurrence of the injury that affects his swing follow-through. ... RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis, elbow impingement) is scheduled to toss a bullpen session on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Padres LHP Joey Lucchesi (5-6, 3.74) faces Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-9, 3.97) on Saturday.

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  • W: J. Quintana (10-7)L: T. Ross (6-9)S: P. Strop (6)
  • HR: SD - C. Villanueva (20), CHC - A. Rizzo (16), J. Baez (23)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF50000011.251.308.373.681-0.5
A. Ellis C30000020.292.394.375.769-1.0
a- A. Hedges PH10000011.242.303.416.719-0.5
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E. Hosmer 1B30000101.250.320.383.7031.0
C. Villanueva 3B41211003.225.282.454.7357.0
J. Lyles P00000000.000.133.000.1330.0
F. Galvis SS41100011.240.296.343.6391.5
J. Pirela 2B31000111.253.307.347.6541.5
T. Ross P20000011.158.175.158.333-0.5
R. Stock P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Spangenberg PH-3B21210000.234.267.376.6435.0
T. Jankowski LF40210010.253.329.325.6542.5
  • a-struck out for Ellis in the 9th
  • b-singled for Stock in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B41311000.263.360.440.8018.0
B. Zobrist 2B30020000.307.395.443.8372.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Heyward RF40000011.277.341.413.753-0.5
J. Baez SS-2B32211100.299.333.580.91411.0
I. Happ CF-LF30010013.243.369.428.7970.5
K. Schwarber LF30200000.246.367.472.8392.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Russell SS10100000.266.337.376.7131.0
V. Caratini C40100002.272.333.330.6631.0
J. Quintana P20000000.027.027.027.0540.0
a- A. Almora PH-CF20000002.300.336.409.7460.0
T. La Stella 3B12100100.283.358.325.6834.0
D. Bote 3B20000022.310.400.483.883-1.0
  • a-grounded out for Quintana in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Spangenberg (6)
  • HR - C. Villanueva (20)
  • SH - A. Ellis (3)
  • RBI - C. Villanueva (45), C. Spangenberg (18), T. Jankowski (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Villanueva (21)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Baez (7)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (16), J. Baez (23)
  • SF - B. Zobrist (5), I. Happ
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (71), B. Zobrist 2 (42), J. Baez (84), I. Happ (32)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ross-Hosmer-Villanueva-Galvis)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Cishek
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Ross (L, 6-9)5.06332214.451.330.0
R. Stock2.01110113.951.394.5
J. Lyles1.03110104.291.26-0.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Ross (L, 6-9)5.0
R. Stock2.0
J. Lyles1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 10-7)6.04110614.121.3826.0
C. Edwards (H, 15)1.02100102.621.141.5
S. Cishek (H, 14)0.20000001.981.080.0
R. Rosario0.00001001.971.38-1.0
B. Kintzler (H, 16)0.10000003.451.240.0
P. Strop (S, 6)1.02221102.861.145.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 10-7)6.0
C. Edwards (H, 15)1.0
S. Cishek (H, 14)0.2
R. Rosario0.0
B. Kintzler (H, 16)0.1
P. Strop (S, 6)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Ross (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 95-58, R. Stock 20-16, J. Lyles 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 10-3, R. Stock 4-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Ross 23, R. Stock 7, J. Lyles 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 94-63, C. Edwards 16-10, S. Cishek 12-9, R. Rosario 8-4, B. Kintzler 2-2, P. Strop 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 9-3, C. Edwards 1-1, S. Cishek 3-0, P. Strop 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, C. Edwards 5, S. Cishek 3, R. Rosario, B. Kintzler, P. Strop 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Margot CF50000011.251.308.373.681-0.5
A. Ellis C30000020.292.394.375.769-1.0
a- A. Hedges PH10000011.242.303.416.719-0.5
H. Renfroe RF40100000.232.304.430.7341.0
E. Hosmer 1B30000101.250.320.383.7031.0
C. Villanueva 3B41211003.225.282.454.7357.0
J. Lyles P00000000.000.133.000.1330.0
F. Galvis SS41100011.240.296.343.6391.5
J. Pirela 2B31000111.253.307.347.6541.5
T. Ross P20000011.158.175.158.333-0.5
R. Stock P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Spangenberg PH-3B21210000.234.267.376.6435.0
T. Jankowski LF40210010.253.329.325.6542.5
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  • a-struck out for Ellis in the 9th
  • b-singled for Stock in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B41311000.263.360.440.8018.0
B. Zobrist 2B30020000.307.395.443.8372.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.200.200.200.000-
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Heyward RF40000011.277.341.413.753-0.5
J. Baez SS-2B32211100.299.333.580.91411.0
I. Happ CF-LF30010013.243.369.428.7970.5
K. Schwarber LF30200000.246.367.472.8392.0
C. Edwards P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Russell SS10100000.266.337.376.7131.0
V. Caratini C40100002.272.333.330.6631.0
J. Quintana P20000000.027.027.027.0540.0
a- A. Almora PH-CF20000002.300.336.409.7460.0
T. La Stella 3B12100100.283.358.325.6834.0
D. Bote 3B20000022.310.400.483.883-1.0
Total32510522410-----
  • a-grounded out for Quintana in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Spangenberg (6)
  • HR - C. Villanueva (20)
  • SH - A. Ellis (3)
  • RBI - C. Villanueva (45), C. Spangenberg (18), T. Jankowski (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Villanueva (21)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Baez (7)
  • HR - A. Rizzo (16), J. Baez (23)
  • SF - B. Zobrist (5), I. Happ
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (71), B. Zobrist 2 (42), J. Baez (84), I. Happ (32)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Ross-Hosmer-Villanueva-Galvis)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Cishek
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Ross (L, 6-9)5.06332214.451.330.0
R. Stock2.01110113.951.394.5
J. Lyles1.03110104.291.26-0.5
Total8.01055242---
PITCHERSIP
T. Ross (L, 6-9)5.0
R. Stock2.0
J. Lyles1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 10-7)6.04110614.121.3826.0
C. Edwards (H, 15)1.02100102.621.141.5
S. Cishek (H, 14)0.20000001.981.080.0
R. Rosario0.00001001.971.38-1.0
B. Kintzler (H, 16)0.10000003.451.240.0
P. Strop (S, 6)1.02221102.861.145.5
Total9.0843281---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 10-7)6.0
C. Edwards (H, 15)1.0
S. Cishek (H, 14)0.2
R. Rosario0.0
B. Kintzler (H, 16)0.1
P. Strop (S, 6)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Ross (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 95-58, R. Stock 20-16, J. Lyles 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 10-3, R. Stock 4-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Ross 23, R. Stock 7, J. Lyles 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 94-63, C. Edwards 16-10, S. Cishek 12-9, R. Rosario 8-4, B. Kintzler 2-2, P. Strop 26-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 9-3, C. Edwards 1-1, S. Cishek 3-0, P. Strop 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, C. Edwards 5, S. Cishek 3, R. Rosario, B. Kintzler, P. Strop 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Jankowski grounded out to first, Pirela scored, Spangenberg to third45
    Spangenberg doubled to deep left, Galvis scored, Pirela to third35
  • 8TH INNING
    Happ hit sacrifice fly to center, Baez scored25
    Margot reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Spangenberg scored, Jankowski to second on Cishek throwing error24
  • 7TH INNING
    Rizzo homered to right14
  • 5TH INNING
    Zobrist reached on fielder's choice to first, La Stella scored, Rizzo to second13
  • 4TH INNING
    Villanueva homered to left12
  • 3RD INNING
    Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, La Stella scored02
  • 2ND INNING
    Baez homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Galvis singled to right
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked, Galvis to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Spangenberg doubled to deep left, Galvis scored, Pirela to third
    • T. Jankowski: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jankowski grounded out to first, Pirela scored, Spangenberg to third
    • M. Margot: Strike swinging, Margot reached on fielder's choice to third, Spangenberg out at home
    • Austin Hedges hit for A.J. Ellis
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Robert Stock
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Foul, Ball, Spangenberg singled to center
    • T. Jankowski: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jankowski singled to right, Spangenberg to second
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • Addison Russell at shortstop
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Margot reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Spangenberg scored, Jankowski to second on Cishek throwing error
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ellis hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Jankowski to third, Margot to second
    • H. Renfroe: Strike swinging, Ball, Renfroe reached on fielder's choice to second, Jankowski out at home
    • Randy Rosario relieved Steve Cishek
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked, Margot to third, Renfroe to second
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Randy Rosario
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Villanueva lined out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • J. Baez: Baez tripled to deep right
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Happ hit sacrifice fly to center, Baez scored
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Russell reached on an infield single to second
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Caratini singled to left center, Russell to third
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Almora popped out to shortstop
    • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards pitching
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Villanueva flied out to left
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Stock Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo homered to right
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • David Bote at third base
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ellis struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe grounded out to second
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Robert Stock relieved Tyson Ross
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • V. Caratini: Caratini popped out to shortstop
    • Albert Almora hit for Jose Quintana
    • A. Almora: Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • T. Ross: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ross struck out looking
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Jankowski singled to shallow center
    • M. Margot: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Margot struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Quintana: Quintana grounded out to second
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Rizzo singled to right, La Stella to third
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Zobrist reached on fielder's choice to first, La Stella scored, Rizzo to second
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to shortstop, Rizzo to third, Zobrist to second
    • J. Baez: Baez intentionally walked
    • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Renfroe grounded out to first
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Villanueva: Villanueva homered to left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Galvis flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Baez grounded out to third
    • I. Happ: Happ grounded out to first
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Schwarber singled to center
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Caratini flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ellis struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Quintana grounded out to first
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, La Stella walked
    • A. Rizzo: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo singled to right, La Stella to third
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, La Stella scored
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Heyward grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Villanueva singled to shallow right
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis lined out to second
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pirela reached on fielder's choice to second, Villanueva out at second
    • T. Ross: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ross grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez homered to right
    • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Happ grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber singled to center
    • V. Caratini: Caratini grounded into double play pitcher to first to third to shortstop, Schwarber out at third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Margot popped out to second
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ellis grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Renfroe singled to left
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Renfroe out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo flied out to center
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Heyward struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)