Montgomery, Bote lead Cubs to 5-0 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Montgomery continues to dominate the club that drafted him out of high school.

Montgomery allowed five hits over six-plus innings, David Bote drove in a career-high three runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 Tuesday night.

The Cubs upped their NL Central lead to 2 1/2 games over second-place Milwaukee, which lost in San Diego.

Montgomery (4-4), who the Royals drafted in the first round in 2008, picked up his first win since June 29. Montgomery is 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in four appearances against the Royals.

''I've heard the numbers of what I've got against them throughout my career,'' Montgomery said. ''I think it's a coincidence. Sometimes you just have a team that you do well against. It happens to be them. They've had some good teams over the last couple of years. The team that drafts you, you always want to pitch good against them.''

Bote's first career triple with two out in the first scored Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward. His fifth inning single scored Javier Baez.

''It's kind of just morphed in over the years,'' said Bote, who is in his fifth stint with the Cubs this season after six-plus years in the minors. ''The nerves are always there. The adrenalin's there. Being able to use those emotions into a good avenue, being able to think `I'm going to attack this baseball' or `I'm ready for this pitch.' Put a positive spin on it and just executing.''

Victor Caratini, who led off the inning with a single, scored on Zobrist's sacrifice fly. Zobrist left in the bottom of the inning with left hip tightness, but will likely play Wednesday.

''That fifth inning just kind of snowballed on me,'' losing pitcher Brad Keller said.

Ian Happ's sacrifice fly in the eighth scored Bote with the final run.

Keller (4-5) was removed after six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks.

''He kept us in the game,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He made pitches and limited the damage when he needed to. I thought he was going to get out of the first inning scoreless, but he threw a slider that Bote hit off the wall in the right field for two runs.''

The Royals had only one runner past second base, when Adalberto Mondesi swiped third in the seventh.

''We just couldn't do anything against Montgomery,'' Yost said. ''He did a nice job of mixing up his pitches. He was ahead in the count for the most part and did a good job of keeping us off balance.''

The Royals have lost six straight and are 14-43 since May 30. They are tied with Baltimore for the worst record, 34-79, in the majors.

BRYANT UPDATE

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant took grounders and played catch, but has not picked up a bat since going on the disabled list on July 24 for the second time with left shoulder inflammation. ''I'm really bored, not fun at all,'' Bryant said. ''But you gotta do what you gotta do to get healthy and hopefully it never happens again. It's frustrating. It's not fun to go in the trainer's room every day. I feel like I'm normal but it's only when I'm swinging the bat.'' No timetable has been set on when the 2016 NL MVP player will return. ''I'm not going to get ahead of myself,'' he said.

HEYWARD BATS FOURTH

RF Jason Heyward batted cleanup for the first time this season for the Cubs.

ROYALS MAKE TRADE

The Royals acquired RHP Jon Perrin from the Brewers in a minor league trade. Perrin, 25, went to Olathe East, a suburban Kansas City high school, and Oklahoma State. He was assigned to their Double-A Northwest Arkansas club. The Royals sent Lexington RHP Sal Biasi to the Brewers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Anthony Bass (right mid-thoracic strain) tossed a flawless inning Tuesday for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs against Las Vegas. Bass threw eight pitches, all strikes, in his second rehab appearance since going on the DL on July 21.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen session for the first time since going on the DL on July 11. . OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but manager Ned Yost said he would not. ''I'm not sure what their timeline is,'' Goodwin said. ''I just keep getting better every day.''

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana, who is 3-9 versus the Royals, will start the series finale.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer is looking for his first big league victory.

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CHC66-47
200020010590
KC34-79
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  • W: M. Montgomery (4-4)L: B. Keller (4-5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B50200011.265.360.445.8051.5
J. Baez 2B51100002.300.333.589.9222.0
B. Zobrist LF11110100.313.398.467.8644.0
A. Almora CF20000000.300.337.406.7430.0
J. Heyward RF41100010.283.347.414.7611.5
D. Bote 3B31230100.344.436.547.9839.0
K. Schwarber DH40100023.245.363.474.8360.0
I. Happ CF-LF20010110.240.365.417.7821.5
A. Russell SS20000201.264.336.369.7052.0
V. Caratini C41100003.259.317.313.6302.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40100012.304.371.430.8010.5
    A. Gordon LF40100003.251.323.355.6791.0
    S. Perez C40100001.233.272.429.7011.0
    H. Dozier DH20000221.216.279.341.6201.0
    R. Herrera CF40100002.256.289.353.6421.0
    J. Bonifacio RF40000022.196.277.318.595-1.0
    A. Mondesi SS40100010.259.272.393.6652.5
    A. Escobar 3B30100100.202.253.273.5264.0
    D. Butera 1B40000013.182.264.273.536-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Zobrist (18)
      • 3B - D. Bote
      • SF - B. Zobrist (6), I. Happ (2)
      • RBI - B. Zobrist (44), D. Bote 3 (14), I. Happ (33)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote 3 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Zobrist (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (12), A. Escobar (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-Butera)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Montgomery (W, 4-4)6.05002403.661.3423.0
      C. Edwards1.00001102.721.162.5
      J. Chavez1.01000103.131.162.5
      J. Wilson1.00000103.301.403.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Montgomery (W, 4-4)6.0
      C. Edwards1.0
      J. Chavez1.0
      J. Wilson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 4-5)6.07443403.571.381.0
      B. Flynn1.01000004.131.642.0
      B. Maurer1.011120010.592.53-1.0
      W. Peralta1.00000102.871.343.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 4-5)6.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 95-60, C. Edwards 17-8, J. Chavez 14-10, J. Wilson 17-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-8, J. Chavez 2-0, J. Wilson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 25, C. Edwards 4, J. Chavez 4, J. Wilson 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 98-61, B. Flynn 8-5, B. Maurer 31-16, W. Peralta 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-6, B. Flynn 2-0, B. Maurer 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, B. Flynn 3, B. Maurer 6, W. Peralta 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      CHC66-47
      200020010590
      KC34-79
      000000000060
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Rizzo 1B50200011.265.360.445.8051.5
      J. Baez 2B51100002.300.333.589.9222.0
      B. Zobrist LF11110100.313.398.467.8644.0
      A. Almora CF20000000.300.337.406.7430.0
      J. Heyward RF41100010.283.347.414.7611.5
      D. Bote 3B31230100.344.436.547.9839.0
      K. Schwarber DH40100023.245.363.474.8360.0
      I. Happ CF-LF20010110.240.365.417.7821.5
      A. Russell SS20000201.264.336.369.7052.0
      V. Caratini C41100003.259.317.313.6302.0
      Total3259505510-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B40100012.304.371.430.8010.5
        A. Gordon LF40100003.251.323.355.6791.0
        S. Perez C40100001.233.272.429.7011.0
        H. Dozier DH20000221.216.279.341.6201.0
        R. Herrera CF40100002.256.289.353.6421.0
        J. Bonifacio RF40000022.196.277.318.595-1.0
        A. Mondesi SS40100010.259.272.393.6652.5
        A. Escobar 3B30100100.202.253.273.5264.0
        D. Butera 1B40000013.182.264.273.536-0.5
        Total3306003714-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Zobrist (18)
          • 3B - D. Bote
          • SF - B. Zobrist (6), I. Happ (2)
          • RBI - B. Zobrist (44), D. Bote 3 (14), I. Happ (33)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Bote 3 (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Zobrist (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (12), A. Escobar (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Merrifield-Mondesi-Butera)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Montgomery (W, 4-4)6.05002403.661.3423.0
          C. Edwards1.00001102.721.162.5
          J. Chavez1.01000103.131.162.5
          J. Wilson1.00000103.301.403.5
          Total9.0600370---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Montgomery (W, 4-4)6.0
          C. Edwards1.0
          J. Chavez1.0
          J. Wilson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 4-5)6.07443403.571.381.0
          B. Flynn1.01000004.131.642.0
          B. Maurer1.011120010.592.53-1.0
          W. Peralta1.00000102.871.343.5
          Total9.0955550---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 4-5)6.0
          B. Flynn1.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 95-60, C. Edwards 17-8, J. Chavez 14-10, J. Wilson 17-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 6-8, J. Chavez 2-0, J. Wilson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 25, C. Edwards 4, J. Chavez 4, J. Wilson 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 98-61, B. Flynn 8-5, B. Maurer 31-16, W. Peralta 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 7-6, B. Flynn 2-0, B. Maurer 1-2
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 27, B. Flynn 3, B. Maurer 6, W. Peralta 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Happ hit sacrifice fly to center, Bote scored50
          • 5TH INNING
            Bote singled to right, Baez scored, Heyward to second40
            Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, Caratini scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Bote tripled to deep right, Zobrist and Heyward scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Brandon Maurer
            • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
            • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Baez fouled out to catcher
            • A. Almora: Almora popped out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Wilson relieved Jesse Chavez
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mondesi lined out to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Brian Flynn
            • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heyward flied out to deep left
            • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
            • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber singled to right, Bote to third
            • I. Happ: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Happ hit sacrifice fly to center, Bote scored
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Russell walked, Schwarber to second
            • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Caratini grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jesse Chavez relieved Carl Edwards
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Herrera singled to shallow center
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded into fielder's choice to third, Herrera out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Brad Keller
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo singled to right center
            • J. Baez: Pickoff attempt, Baez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rizzo out at second
            • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi singled to center
            • Carl Edwards relieved Mike Montgomery
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Mondesi to second
            • D. Butera: Ball, Butera popped out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon flied out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
            • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Russell grounded out to shortstop
            • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Caratini fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third, Dozier to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini singled to left
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo singled to left, Caratini to second
            • J. Baez: Baez reached on fielder's choice to first, Caratini to third, Rizzo out at second
            • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, Caratini scored
            • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward singled to right, Baez to third
            • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Bote singled to right, Baez scored, Heyward to second
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Schwarber flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Albert Almora in center field
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • D. Butera: Butera flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to first
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote grounded out to second
            • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Happ walked
            • A. Russell: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Russell grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bonifacio popped out to second
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to second
            • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zobrist walked
            • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow left
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez popped out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • I. Happ: Happ lined out to pitcher
            • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Russell walked
            • V. Caratini: Caratini flied out to deep center
            • A. Rizzo: Pickoff attempt, Rizzo grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to shallow center
            • D. Butera: Butera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo flied out to left
            • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez singled to shallow center
            • B. Zobrist: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zobrist doubled to deep right, Baez to third
            • J. Heyward: Foul, Foul, Foul, Heyward reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Baez out at home
            • D. Bote: Bote tripled to deep right, Zobrist and Heyward scored
            • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Montgomery Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to left
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep left
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to shallow center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked, Perez to second
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)