Bryant hurt, Cubs lose to Pirates 6-0, again miss clinch

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs lost again, and this one was particularly painful.

Slugger Kris Bryant exited with a bruised left wrist, Mike Montgomery got hit hard over four-plus innings and the Cubs stumbled to a 6-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

For the second time in as many nights, the Cubs missed a chance to clinch a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason. And their lead in the NL Central over Milwaukee shrunk to a half-game, with the Brewers beating St. Louis 12-4.

Chicago needed a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to secure a playoff spot and extend a run that includes a drought-ending World Series championship in 2016. But the Cubs lost for the fourth time in sixth games while the Rockies won 10-3 to move a half-game ahead of St. Louis for the second wild-card.

Bryant got struck by a pitch from Chris Archer (3-3) in the fourth inning and was replaced at third base in the sixth by Ian Happ, who had pinch hit in the fifth. Manager Joe Maddon expects the 2016 National League MVP to miss at least one game, though X-rays showed no fractures.

''It was sore. I knew it was going to bother him. He was hit pretty good,'' Maddon said.

The last thing the Cubs need is to be without Bryant even if it's only a game or two. He's still trying to round into form after being on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation. He missed time earlier in the season with the same issue, and if the Cubs are going to advance in the playoffs, they obviously need him.

Montgomery (5-6) gave up five runs and seven hits, and the Cubs got shut out for the 11th time this season.

''Every game matters from this point on,'' he said. ''Eventually, our goal is the playoffs. I think our guys are equipped for that. Mentally, this kind of gives us a chance to really come together as a group.''

Archer struck out nine and walked two while pitching four-hit ball over six innings . He has won his past two starts and has a 2.70 ERA in five outings in September.

''Everything started to shift when I stopped shaking (catcher Francisco Cervelli),'' he said. ''It's him knowing the hitters, knowing the league, and it allows me not to think too much, go with what he puts down. I've been pitching much more like myself.''

Rookie Pablo Reyes homered for the second straight game, a three-run drive in the second. Cervelli drove in two runs, and Pittsburgh won for the eighth time in 10 games.

The Cubs managed just five hits and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position while stranding seven runners.

Chicago got shut down this time after managing just one run - all on homers - in each of their previous five meetings with the Pirates. That was a first for Major League Baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

''I think that what this club has done a really good job of is to kind of wash ... off a poor performance, which is unfortunately what we've had these past two nights,'' said Daniel Murphy, acquired from Washington on Aug. 21.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: CF Starling Marte (left calf) was back in the lineup after sitting out Monday's game.

Cubs: Maddon said RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) is ''trending in the right direction,'' though he wasn't sure what the next step would be after the reliever played catch on Monday. ''He keeps telling me how great he feels,'' Maddon said. Strop has been sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.01 ERA) has allowed two runs in 16 1/3 innings over his past three starts

Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (13-11, 4.11) tries to shake off a loss to the Chicago White Sox. He got tagged for five runs in five innings by his former team after giving up two runs or less in six straight starts.

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  • W: C. Archer (6-8)L: M. Montgomery (5-6)
  • HR: PIT - P. Reyes (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B51100012.284.349.467.8162.5
S. Marte CF31100201.276.323.452.7755.0
J. Bell 1B30010203.266.359.414.7733.0
F. Cervelli C50120016.259.378.430.8083.5
C. Dickerson LF51300011.299.329.470.7984.5
J. Osuna 3B21000112.215.245.355.6002.5
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- K. Kramer PH10000011.111.172.111.284-0.5
S. Brault P00000000.158.200.211.4110.0
P. Reyes RF32231211.357.426.5951.02111.5
K. Newman SS50100025.182.229.208.4370.0
C. Archer P30100002.118.118.176.2941.0
C. Moran 3B20000012.275.338.397.735-0.5
  • a-struck out for Neverauskas in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Murphy 2B40100010.292.331.452.7840.5
B. Zobrist RF40100001.310.382.444.8261.0
A. Rizzo 1B30100102.278.376.464.8403.0
J. Baez SS40200012.294.328.565.8941.5
K. Schwarber LF40000034.240.358.475.833-1.5
K. Bryant 3B10000010.276.376.459.8340.5
A. Mills P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000012.267.335.327.662-0.5
A. Webster P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Bote 3B10000000.236.313.402.7150.0
J. Heyward CF30000101.271.337.394.7311.0
W. Contreras C30000021.252.343.389.733-1.0
M. Montgomery P10000001.091.118.091.2090.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
D. Maples P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- I. Happ PH-3B20000010.228.345.407.753-0.5
J. Norwood P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Maples in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (22), S. Marte (28), F. Cervelli (14), C. Dickerson (34)
  • HR - P. Reyes (3)
  • RBI - J. Bell (61), F. Cervelli 2 (57), P. Reyes 3 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (17), F. Cervelli (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli 5 (5), C. Dickerson, J. Osuna 2 (2), K. Newman, C. Archer, C. Moran 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), K. Schwarber 2 (2), T. La Stella 2 (2), M. Montgomery
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Newman-Bell)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Contreras-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - J. Baez (15)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 6-8)6.04002904.311.3826.5
D. Neverauskas2.01000108.251.545.5
S. Brault1.00000004.841.573.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 6-8)6.0
D. Neverauskas2.0
S. Brault1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Montgomery (L, 5-6)4.07551313.991.36-4.5
B. Kintzler0.20001004.601.45-1.0
R. Rosario0.01000003.721.50-1.0
D. Maples0.100001011.812.250.5
A. Mills0.11111103.380.94-2.5
J. De La Rosa0.20002003.501.39-2.0
A. Webster1.10001107.711.292.5
J. Norwood1.21001304.091.732.5
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Archer (6)
  • HBP - C. Archer (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 91-63, D. Neverauskas 30-20, S. Brault 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 5-3, D. Neverauskas 2-3, S. Brault 3-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, D. Neverauskas 7, S. Brault 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Webster
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 62-42, B. Kintzler 14-6, R. Rosario 3-3, D. Maples 3-3, A. Mills 10-5, J. De La Rosa 16-5, A. Webster 32-19, J. Norwood 27-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 7-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, J. De La Rosa 1-1, A. Webster 2-2, J. Norwood 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 19, B. Kintzler 3, R. Rosario, D. Maples, A. Mills 3, J. De La Rosa 4, A. Webster 7, J. Norwood 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B51100012.284.349.467.8162.5
S. Marte CF31100201.276.323.452.7755.0
J. Bell 1B30010203.266.359.414.7733.0
F. Cervelli C50120016.259.378.430.8083.5
C. Dickerson LF51300011.299.329.470.7984.5
J. Osuna 3B21000112.215.245.355.6002.5
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a- K. Kramer PH10000011.111.172.111.284-0.5
S. Brault P00000000.158.200.211.4110.0
P. Reyes RF32231211.357.426.5951.02111.5
K. Newman SS50100025.182.229.208.4370.0
C. Archer P30100002.118.118.176.2941.0
C. Moran 3B20000012.275.338.397.735-0.5
Total37610617926-----
  • a-struck out for Neverauskas in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Murphy 2B40100010.292.331.452.7840.5
B. Zobrist RF40100001.310.382.444.8261.0
A. Rizzo 1B30100102.278.376.464.8403.0
J. Baez SS40200012.294.328.565.8941.5
K. Schwarber LF40000034.240.358.475.833-1.5
K. Bryant 3B10000010.276.376.459.8340.5
A. Mills P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
J. De La Rosa P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
a- T. La Stella PH10000012.267.335.327.662-0.5
A. Webster P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Bote 3B10000000.236.313.402.7150.0
J. Heyward CF30000101.271.337.394.7311.0
W. Contreras C30000021.252.343.389.733-1.0
M. Montgomery P10000001.091.118.091.2090.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Rosario P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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b- I. Happ PH-3B20000010.228.345.407.753-0.5
J. Norwood P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total31050021014-----
  • a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Maples in the 5th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (22), S. Marte (28), F. Cervelli (14), C. Dickerson (34)
  • HR - P. Reyes (3)
  • RBI - J. Bell (61), F. Cervelli 2 (57), P. Reyes 3 (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (17), F. Cervelli (36)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Cervelli 5 (5), C. Dickerson, J. Osuna 2 (2), K. Newman, C. Archer, C. Moran 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rizzo (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez 2 (2), K. Schwarber 2 (2), T. La Stella 2 (2), M. Montgomery
FIELDING
  • DP - (Frazier-Newman-Bell)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Contreras-Baez-Rizzo)
  • E - J. Baez (15)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Archer (W, 6-8)6.04002904.311.3826.5
D. Neverauskas2.01000108.251.545.5
S. Brault1.00000004.841.573.0
Total9.05002100---
PITCHERSIP
C. Archer (W, 6-8)6.0
D. Neverauskas2.0
S. Brault1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Montgomery (L, 5-6)4.07551313.991.36-4.5
B. Kintzler0.20001004.601.45-1.0
R. Rosario0.01000003.721.50-1.0
D. Maples0.100001011.812.250.5
A. Mills0.11111103.380.94-2.5
J. De La Rosa0.20002003.501.39-2.0
A. Webster1.10001107.711.292.5
J. Norwood1.21001304.091.732.5
Total9.01066791---
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Archer (6)
  • HBP - C. Archer (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 91-63, D. Neverauskas 30-20, S. Brault 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 5-3, D. Neverauskas 2-3, S. Brault 3-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Archer 24, D. Neverauskas 7, S. Brault 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Webster
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Montgomery 62-42, B. Kintzler 14-6, R. Rosario 3-3, D. Maples 3-3, A. Mills 10-5, J. De La Rosa 16-5, A. Webster 32-19, J. Norwood 27-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Montgomery 7-1, B. Kintzler 1-1, J. De La Rosa 1-1, A. Webster 2-2, J. Norwood 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Montgomery 19, B. Kintzler 3, R. Rosario, D. Maples, A. Mills 3, J. De La Rosa 4, A. Webster 7, J. Norwood 7
  • 6TH INNING
    Bell walked, Reyes scored, Archer to third, Marte to second60
  • 5TH INNING
    Cervelli grounded out to shortstop, Frazier scored, Bell to second50
  • 3RD INNING
    Cervelli doubled to left center, Marte scored40
  • 2ND INNING
    Reyes homered to left, Dickerson and Osuna scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Norwood Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Dickerson singled to center
    • Kevin Kramer hit for Dovydas Neverauskas
    • K. Kramer: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked, Dickerson to second
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Steven Brault pitching
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Bote: Ball, Bote grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Webster Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moran lined out to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier safe at first on shortstop Baez throwing error, Frazier to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marte walked
    • James Norwood pitching
    • David Bote at third base
    • J. Bell: Bell reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Frazier to third, Marte out at second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • D. Neverauskas Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy grounded out to first
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Zobrist singled to right
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rizzo flied out to center
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Baez flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Allen Webster pitching
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson grounded out to third
    • J. Osuna: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Osuna hit by pitch
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Newman lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dovydas Neverauskas pitching
    • Colin Moran at third base
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Contreras lined out to center
    • I. Happ: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Happ struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Alec Mills pitching
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Archer singled to center, Reyes to third
    • Jorge De La Rosa relieved Alec Mills
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Frazier popped out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked, Archer to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Reyes scored, Archer to third, Marte to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bell out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez reached on an infield single to third, Rizzo to second
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • Tommy La Stella hit for Jorge De La Rosa
    • T. La Stella: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, La Stella struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier doubled to left center
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Mike Montgomery
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte lined out to right, Frazier to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop, Frazier scored, Bell to second
    • Randy Rosario relieved Brandon Kintzler
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bell to third
    • Dillon Maples relieved Randy Rosario
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Osuna struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • Ian Happ hit for Dillon Maples
    • I. Happ: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Happ grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to shallow right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reyes singled to shallow center
    • K. Newman: Newman grounded out to shortstop, Reyes to second
    • C. Archer: Strike looking, Ball, Archer grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Foul, Heyward grounded out to shortstop, Bryant out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte doubled to left
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to second, Marte to third
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli doubled to left center, Marte scored
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Murphy struck out on foul tip
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist popped out to second
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo doubled to left
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson doubled to deep right
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Osuna walked
    • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes homered to left, Dickerson and Osuna scored
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman reached on an infield single to second
    • C. Archer: Archer grounded bunt out to shortstop, Newman out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward walked
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Heyward to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • M. Montgomery: Strike looking, Foul, Montgomery grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Montgomery Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Archer Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy singled to center
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist flied out to deep center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo reached on fielder's choice to second, Murphy out at second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Baez singled to shallow center, Rizzo to third
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)