Quintana goes 7 innings, Cubs beat Marlins 4-0

MIAMI (AP) A modest scoreless streak from Jose Quintana has helped the Chicago Cubs to their best stretch of the young season.

Quintana gave up six hits in seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

Quintana (2-1) struck out seven and extended his scoreless innings streak to 14. The left-hander didn't allow a runner to reach second until Austin Dean's two-out double in the seventh.

''I'm very happy with this outing and how I am throwing lately,'' Quintana said. ''I feel great with my stuff. I just try to stay focused, one pitch at a time, one out at a time.''

Javier Baez went 3 for 4 and hit his fifth homer, a solo shot to the opposite field off Adam Conley in the eighth. Baez has three hits in each of his last three games and is the third Cubs shortstop in the last 60 years with the feat, joining Larry Bowa and Starlin Castro.

''I'm seeing the ball really good right now,'' Baez said. ''This is the hottest that I've been this year. I'm just trying to focus on keeping it that way and swinging at pitches in the zone.''

Brandon Kintzler relieved Quintana and surrendered a two-out single to Brian Anderson and walked Castro. Jorge Alfaro drove Kintzler's 1-1 fastball to the warning track in center before Albert Almora tracked it down for the third out.

Chicago scored its fourth run on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless ninth for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

''Everybody's got to do their jobs, especially for us to get back to the promise land and win that last game of the year,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said.

''(Quintana) was on top of his game. He had great command of everything. Great carry on his pitches but the curveball was as good as we've seen. He's pitching with everything he's got with a lot of confidence and there is no reason why he can't continue that way.''

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead on Daniel Descalso's single in the third and pushed across another run in the fourth on David Bote's RBI groundout.

Descalso singled and walked twice and Bote had two hits and scored twice.

Miami starter Pablo Lopez (1-3) allowed two runs, five hits, struck out six and walked one in five innings. Lopez has not pitched six complete innings in his four starts.

''I felt good physically,'' Lopez said. ''I did a better job with it. I still fell behind some guys and when I came back into the zone I got hit around a little bit, but I feel the sequencing was a little better, the intent and aggressiveness behind the pitch was a little better as well.''

Before the game, the Marlins optioned shortstop JT Riddle to Triple-A New Orleans and recalled outfielder Isaac Galloway. Galloway started in right field and went 1 for 4. He also threw out Descalso at third as he attempted to advance from second on a flyout in the fifth.

''You felt like the throw out at third is one of those plays that can change a game from the standpoint of if you can get out of that inning and you're basically in the heart of their order and then (Galloway) leads off the next inning with a hit and you're hoping OK this game has got a chance to change right there and we just weren't able to do it,'' Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

MARLINS PARK'S OUTFIELD DIMENSIONS STYMIE BRYANT, ALFARO

In addition to Alfaro's long flyout, Kris Bryant was betrayed by the outfield's dimensions. Galloway tracked down Bryant's drive to deep right center in the seventh. However, the distance failed to hold Baez's shot that gave the Cubs a cushion to their 2-0 lead. ''I think that was one of my best swings that I've had in all my career,'' Baez said. ''I hit it perfectly.''

DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT

Mattingly voiced concern over his team's defense prior to Tuesday's game. His players responded with Galloway's throw and catch of Bryant's shot. Lewis Brinson also threw out Baez at second as he attempted to extend a single into a double in the sixth. Baez originally was ruled safe before a video overturned the call.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Maddon said there is no date set for LHP Jon Lester (left hamstring strain) to resume throwing while he continues non-baseball rehabilitation. LHP Mike Montgomery (left lat) postponed his rehabilitation stint Tuesday at Single A South Bend after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child.

Marlins: RHP Austin Brice (gastroenteritis) was placed on the 10-day injured list. LHP Jarlin Garcia was recalled from Triple A New Orleans to take Brice's spot on the roster.

UP NEXT:

Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.79) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday against RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 4.24).

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  • W: J. Quintana (2-1)L: P. Lopez (1-3)
  • HR: CHC - J. Baez (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Descalso 2B30210210.341.413.488.9015.5
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K. Bryant LF50000015.217.329.350.679-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B40000010.169.329.339.668-0.5
J. Baez SS42311000.314.342.600.9429.0
J. Heyward RF40200010.362.458.6381.0961.5
W. Contreras C30000021.318.455.7731.2270.0
D. Bote 3B32210102.294.385.500.8857.0
A. Almora CF20000202.213.288.213.5012.0
J. Quintana P30000035.000.000.000.000-1.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Zobrist PH-2B00010000.295.407.295.7031.0
  • a-flied out for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas SS40100001.304.365.391.7571.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.215.311.323.6340.5
S. Castro 2B30100111.225.276.324.6001.5
J. Alfaro C40100014.310.356.524.8790.5
M. Prado 1B40000001.400.438.500.9380.0
I. Galloway RF40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
A. Dean LF40100011.250.238.500.7381.5
L. Brinson CF30000012.197.246.262.508-0.5
P. Lopez P10000010.167.167.167.333-0.5
a- N. Walker PH10000001.226.293.415.7080.0
T. Kinley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Lopez in the 5th
  • b-singled for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Descalso (3), D. Bote (4)
  • HR - J. Baez (5)
  • SF - B. Zobrist
  • RBI - D. Descalso (6), J. Baez (14), D. Bote (8), B. Zobrist (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Descalso
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant (12), J. Quintana 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Dean (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Alfaro (5), L. Brinson (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Galloway, L. Brinson (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 2-1)7.06000703.431.4328.5
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.01001003.120.691.0
P. Strop1.00000003.600.803.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 2-1)7.0
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.0
P. Strop1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 1-3)5.05221605.851.355.0
T. Kinley2.02002200.791.063.0
A. Conley1.02110018.102.250.0
S. Romo1.00112109.001.830.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 1-3)5.0
T. Kinley2.0
A. Conley1.0
S. Romo1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 91-63, B. Kintzler 16-7, P. Strop 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 10-1, B. Kintzler 2-1, P. Strop 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 27, B. Kintzler 4, P. Strop 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 86-58, T. Kinley 33-19, A. Conley 11-8, S. Romo 25-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 4-2, T. Kinley 1-1, A. Conley 3-1, S. Romo 0-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 21, T. Kinley 8, A. Conley 4, S. Romo 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Descalso 2B30210210.341.413.488.9015.5
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Bryant LF50000015.217.329.350.679-0.5
A. Rizzo 1B40000010.169.329.339.668-0.5
J. Baez SS42311000.314.342.600.9429.0
J. Heyward RF40200010.362.458.6381.0961.5
W. Contreras C30000021.318.455.7731.2270.0
D. Bote 3B32210102.294.385.500.8857.0
A. Almora CF20000202.213.288.213.5012.0
J. Quintana P30000035.000.000.000.000-1.5
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  • a-flied out for Kintzler in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas SS40100001.304.365.391.7571.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.215.311.323.6340.5
S. Castro 2B30100111.225.276.324.6001.5
J. Alfaro C40100014.310.356.524.8790.5
M. Prado 1B40000001.400.438.500.9380.0
I. Galloway RF40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
A. Dean LF40100011.250.238.500.7381.5
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P. Lopez P10000010.167.167.167.333-0.5
a- N. Walker PH10000001.226.293.415.7080.0
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A. Conley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Herrera PH10100000.154.214.205.4191.0
S. Romo P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Lopez in the 5th
  • b-singled for Conley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Descalso (3), D. Bote (4)
  • HR - J. Baez (5)
  • SF - B. Zobrist
  • RBI - D. Descalso (6), J. Baez (14), D. Bote (8), B. Zobrist (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Descalso
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant (12), J. Quintana 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Dean (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Alfaro (5), L. Brinson (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - I. Galloway, L. Brinson (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 2-1)7.06000703.431.4328.5
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.01001003.120.691.0
P. Strop1.00000003.600.803.0
Total9.0700170---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 2-1)7.0
B. Kintzler (H, 2)1.0
P. Strop1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lopez (L, 1-3)5.05221605.851.355.0
T. Kinley2.02002200.791.063.0
A. Conley1.02110018.102.250.0
S. Romo1.00112109.001.830.5
Total9.0944591---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lopez (L, 1-3)5.0
T. Kinley2.0
A. Conley1.0
S. Romo1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 91-63, B. Kintzler 16-7, P. Strop 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 10-1, B. Kintzler 2-1, P. Strop 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 27, B. Kintzler 4, P. Strop 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lopez 86-58, T. Kinley 33-19, A. Conley 11-8, S. Romo 25-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lopez 4-2, T. Kinley 1-1, A. Conley 3-1, S. Romo 0-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lopez 21, T. Kinley 8, A. Conley 4, S. Romo 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to right, Bote scored40
  • 8TH INNING
    Baez homered to right center30
  • 4TH INNING
    Bote grounded out to shortstop, Baez scored, Heyward to third, Contreras to second20
  • 3RD INNING
    Descalso singled to right, Bote scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo pitching
    • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bote walked
    • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bote to second on wild pitch, Almora flied out to deep right, Bote to third
    • Ben Zobrist hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike swinging, Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to right, Bote scored
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Prado grounded out to third
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galloway lined out to center
    • A. Dean: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dean grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Conley relieved Tyler Kinley
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez homered to right center
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward singled to shallow right
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to second, Heyward out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Adam Conley
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera singled to right
    • Brandon Kintzler relieved Jose Quintana
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas grounded out to second, Herrera out at second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson singled to left center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castro walked, Anderson to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro flied out to deep center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Kinley Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Bote singled to left
    • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bote picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Almora walked
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Quintana struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Descalso walked, Almora to second
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Prado lined out to center
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Galloway popped out to shortstop
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Dean doubled to shallow left
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Baez singled to left center, Baez out at second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas singled to right
    • B. Anderson: Anderson lined out to right
    • S. Castro: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castro lined out to center
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Alfaro grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Descalso doubled to deep right center
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep right, Descalso out at third
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Galloway singled to left
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Dean struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Pickoff attempt, Brinson reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Galloway out at second
    • Neil Walker hit for Pablo Lopez
    • N. Walker: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez singled to right
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to right, Baez to third
    • W. Contreras: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Contreras hit by pitch, Heyward to second
    • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bote grounded out to shortstop, Baez scored, Heyward to third, Contreras to second
    • A. Almora: Almora intentionally walked
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alfaro singled to right center
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Prado grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Alfaro out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote doubled to deep right
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Almora popped out to first
    • J. Quintana: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
    • D. Descalso: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso singled to right, Bote scored
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Lopez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Baez lined out to center
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Prado grounded out to pitcher
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Dean grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • P. Lopez Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas popped out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Castro singled to left
    • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)