Turn! Turn! Turn! Cubs match double-play record vs Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Cubs starter Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff Friday night. Luckily, he had a few buddies on hand to help him out.

''The double play is a pitcher's best friend,'' he said with a smile.

A friend in need, indeed.

Chicago tied a major league record by turning seven double plays, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs got six double plays on grounders - five with Hamels pitching - and one on a line drive. The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cubs became the third team in big league history to turn seven DPs in a nine-inning game, joining San Francisco in 1969 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942. Both the Giants and A's lost those games.

''Crazy,'' Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist said. ''A lot of it is the pitcher doing a great job of getting groundballs and little of it is luck with (the hitters) rolling over on some pitches. It's also good quality defense and good focus throughout the game.''

Pittsburgh had runners on first and second in the ninth before Jesse Chavez got Freese to ground to Bote. Having hit a game-ending grand slam last Sunday night to beat Washington 4-3, Bote again was in the right place to cap off a win. He stepped on third and threw to first to cap the win.

''We were in a good spot all the time,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. ''We made some really good plays and absolutely turned the ones we were supposed to turn. We never gave them extra outs, so that was the pertinent part.''

Hamels (8-9) pitched seven solid innings. Kyle Schwarber hit a home run in the second off Trevor Williams (10-9). Chavez got his second save as the Pirates lost their fifth in a row.

''(The infielders) were great with how they stayed with it and pulled them off, especially to end innings in a tight game when you can't afford one mistake,'' Hamels said. ''It was outstanding to see. There are always going to be days where you not sharp, but it's nine guys trying to win a game.''

Freese also hit into the first double play in the first inning. Third baseman Javier Baez fielded his grounder, stepped on the bag and threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to end the inning.

In the second, Josh Bell hit into an around-the-horn DP, Baez to Zobrist to Rizzo.

Corey Dickerson ended the third inning by grounding to Zobrist, who threw to shortstop Addison Russell at second. Russell's relay to first was in time to get Dickerson.

Gregory Polanco hit into a 4-6-3 double play in the sixth. An inning later, Bell grounded into a 6-4-3, the last of five DPs turned behind Hamels.

Chicago had a disputed double play to end the eighth. With one out and Jorge De La Rosa pitching, pinch-hitter Adam Frazier lined to Zobrist, who threw to first to double up pinch-runner Kevin Newman. The Pirates challenged the call, but the play stood following a video review.

The Pirates put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, but Chavez induced Freeze to hit into the final double play.

''Got them a lot of different ways,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of the double plays. ''There were some balls that were struck really hard. Down in the zone, we would clip the top of them. Handful of other balls hit hard and lined out. So, we couldn't find dirt, grass. They made plays and got good defense. They've had a good defense all year in the infield. Just goes to show you the benefit of a well-executed pitch in a certain situation.''

Hamels allowed five hits, struck out three and walked two as he improved to 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA in four starts since being acquired from the Texas Rangers in a trade.

Schwarber hit a drive down the right-field line in the second inning for his 21st home run, sending the NL Central-leading Cubs to their third straight win and increasing their lead to four games over Milwaukee.

The Cubs beat the Pirates by a 1-0 score for the second straight game. On Thursday night, Ian Happ's homer accounted for the only run.

Williams gave up four hits in seven innings. He has surrendered just three runs in 36 innings over his last six starts.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 47 minutes by rain.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (left shoulder inflammation) was placed on the 10-day DL and RHP Tyler Chatwood will move from the bullpen to start in his place Saturday night. LHP Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Montgomery's roster spot. ... RHP Yu Darvish (right triceps tendinitis/right shoulder impingement) will make a rehab start Sunday for Class A South Bend. He last pitched for Chicago on May 20. ... 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) has started soft tosses but there is no timetable for his return.

Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (right forearm strain) played catch for the first time since being injured June 26 in a start against the Mets at New York.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Chatwood (4-5, 5.06 ERA) made 19 starts before being shifted to relief in early August. He has issued a major league-high 90 walks in 99 2/3 innings.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-7, 3.49) is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

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  • W: C. Hamels (8-9)L: T. Williams (10-9)S: J. Chavez (2)
  • HR: CHC - K. Schwarber (21)
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    A. Hechavarria SS20100000.266.298.352.6501.0
    a- C. Moran PH10100000.270.336.390.7261.0
    K. Newman PR-SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    K. Kela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-singled for Hechavarria in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Crick in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rizzo (19)
    • HR - K. Schwarber (21)
    • RBI - K. Schwarber (49)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist 2 (2), A. Rizzo, V. Caratini 2 (2), C. Hamels, A. Russell 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - I. Happ (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Polanco (8)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 7 (Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo; Zobrist-Russell-Rizzo; Zobrist-Russell-Rizzo; Russell-Zobrist-Rizzo; Baez-Rizzo; Bote-Rizzo)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Freese-Bell; Hechavarria-Harrison-Bell)
    • E - J. Bell (6), J. Harrison (6), K. Kela
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels (W, 8-9)7.05002304.001.2825.5
    B. Kintzler (H, 19)0.11000003.641.34-1.0
    J. De La Rosa (H, 7)0.20000004.381.560.0
    S. Cishek (H, 19)0.11000101.781.01-0.5
    J. Chavez (S, 2)0.20001003.141.146.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels (W, 8-9)7.0
    B. Kintzler (H, 19)0.1
    J. De La Rosa (H, 7)0.2
    S. Cishek (H, 19)0.1
    J. Chavez (S, 2)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 10-9)7.04112413.531.2214.0
    K. Crick1.02000002.311.201.0
    K. Kela1.00001103.091.102.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams (L, 10-9)7.0
    K. Crick1.0
    K. Kela1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Cishek (2)
    • HBP - C. Hamels (15)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-59, B. Kintzler 4-2, J. De La Rosa 5-3, S. Cishek 10-6, J. Chavez 9-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-2, J. Chavez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Kintzler 2, J. De La Rosa, S. Cishek 2, J. Chavez 2
    PITCHING
    • IBB - T. Williams (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 99-67, K. Crick 18-13, K. Kela 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 7-10, K. Crick 2-0, K. Kela 2-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 27, K. Crick 4, K. Kela 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Heyward RF40000002.280.344.407.7510.0
    B. Zobrist 2B40100002.307.390.459.8491.0
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    A. Rizzo 1B40200001.267.363.445.8083.0
    J. Baez 3B-2B40000003.290.322.566.8880.0
    K. Schwarber LF21111200.243.362.467.8288.0
    S. Cishek P0000-000.167.167.167.000-
    J. Chavez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    V. Caratini C30000103.246.313.297.6101.0
    C. Hamels P30100011.200.200.200.4000.5
    D. Bote 3B10000012.318.406.506.912-0.5
    A. Russell SS40000013.259.327.357.684-0.5
    Total3316113518-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Dickerson LF40100011.302.333.480.8120.5
      S. Marte CF40200021.278.321.468.7891.0
      G. Polanco RF20100201.240.333.478.8115.0
      D. Freese 3B40100004.293.347.464.8111.0
      F. Cervelli C10000112.254.385.458.8431.5
      J. Bell 1B30000004.264.346.409.7550.0
      J. Harrison 2B30000000.258.300.364.6640.0
      A. Hechavarria SS20100000.266.298.352.6501.0
      a- C. Moran PH10100000.270.336.390.7261.0
      K. Newman PR-SS00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      T. Williams P20000001.061.088.061.1490.0
      K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      K. Kela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-singled for Hechavarria in the 8th
      • b-lined out for Crick in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rizzo (19)
      • HR - K. Schwarber (21)
      • RBI - K. Schwarber (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Zobrist 2 (2), A. Rizzo, V. Caratini 2 (2), C. Hamels, A. Russell 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Bell 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - I. Happ (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Polanco (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 7 (Baez-Rizzo; Baez-Zobrist-Rizzo; Zobrist-Russell-Rizzo; Zobrist-Russell-Rizzo; Russell-Zobrist-Rizzo; Baez-Rizzo; Bote-Rizzo)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Freese-Bell; Hechavarria-Harrison-Bell)
      • E - J. Bell (6), J. Harrison (6), K. Kela
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 8-9)7.05002304.001.2825.5
      B. Kintzler (H, 19)0.11000003.641.34-1.0
      J. De La Rosa (H, 7)0.20000004.381.560.0
      S. Cishek (H, 19)0.11000101.781.01-0.5
      J. Chavez (S, 2)0.20001003.141.146.0
      Total9.0700340---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 8-9)7.0
      B. Kintzler (H, 19)0.1
      J. De La Rosa (H, 7)0.2
      S. Cishek (H, 19)0.1
      J. Chavez (S, 2)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 10-9)7.04112413.531.2214.0
      K. Crick1.02000002.311.201.0
      K. Kela1.00001103.091.102.5
      Total9.0611351---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 10-9)7.0
      K. Crick1.0
      K. Kela1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Cishek (2)
      • HBP - C. Hamels (15)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 98-59, B. Kintzler 4-2, J. De La Rosa 5-3, S. Cishek 10-6, J. Chavez 9-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 11-2, J. Chavez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Kintzler 2, J. De La Rosa, S. Cishek 2, J. Chavez 2
      PITCHING
      • IBB - T. Williams (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 99-67, K. Crick 18-13, K. Kela 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 7-10, K. Crick 2-0, K. Kela 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 27, K. Crick 4, K. Kela 5
      • 2ND INNING
        Schwarber homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Keone Kela pitching
        • J. Baez: Baez grounded out to third
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • V. Caratini: Caratini safe at first on pitcher Kela throwing error, Schwarber to third
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Albert Almora in center field
        • Steve Cishek pitching
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson singled to center
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dickerson to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • Jesse Chavez relieved Steve Cishek
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco walked
        • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Freese grounded into double play third to first, Dickerson out at third, Polanco to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kyle Crick relieved Trevor Williams
        • I. Happ: Ball, Strike swinging, Happ singled to right center
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward grounded out to second, Happ to second
        • B. Zobrist: Foul, Strike swinging, Happ caught stealing, catcher to third, Ball, Zobrist singled to right
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Kintzler pitching
        • David Bote at third base
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Harrison lined out to shortstop
        • Colin Moran hit for Adeiny Hechavarria
        • C. Moran: Moran singled to left
        • Adam Frazier hit for Kyle Crick
        • Kevin Newman ran for Colin Moran
        • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Brandon Kintzler
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Frazier lined into double play second to first, Newman out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Caratini flied out to deep center
        • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
        • A. Russell: Foul, Foul, Russell grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Freese grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cervelli walked
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cervelli out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Rizzo safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rizzo out at second
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Schwarber flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Dickerson struck out on foul tip
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Marte singled to right
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Marte out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • C. Hamels: Ball, Hamels singled to center
        • A. Russell: Foul, Foul, Russell flied out to right
        • I. Happ: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heyward safe at first on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error, Hamels to second
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Zobrist popped out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria flied out to deep center
        • T. Williams: Strike looking, Williams grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist flied out to left
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo doubled to deep right center
        • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Baez flied out to center
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber intentionally walked
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Caratini grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to right center
        • D. Freese: Freese singled to right center, Polanco to second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging, Polanco stole third
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
        • I. Happ: Happ grounded out to first
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Heyward flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hechavarria singled to right center
        • T. Williams: Ball, Foul, Williams reached on fielder's choice to second, Hechavarria out at second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Williams out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo singled to shallow left
        • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez lined into double play third to first, Rizzo out at first
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber homered to right
        • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Caratini walked
        • C. Hamels: Hamels flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli hit by pitch
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell grounded into double play third to second to first, Cervelli out at second
        • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • I. Happ: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Happ struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward fouled out to third
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to third
        • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Marte reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked, Marte to second
        • D. Freese: Freese grounded into double play third to first, Marte out at third, Polanco to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)