Quintana pitches 7 strong, Báez jukes, Cubs beat Dodgers 7-2

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Quintana was the star of the show. Even better than Javier Baez's dance around David Freese.

Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win, and the Chicago Cubs used a fast start to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Tuesday night.

''He was once again on top of his game,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Great focus, kept coming back with good pitches.''

Willson Contreras hit a three-run double in Chicago's four-run first, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run drive in the second. Baez reached three times, including a memorable infield single in the second and a solo shot in the seventh.

It was more than enough support for Quintana (3-1), who turned in another gem in the Cubs' sixth win in seven games. The veteran left-hander allowed two runs and four hits while improving to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.86 ERA since he was hit hard in a loss at Milwaukee on April 5.

''I know I've been throwing the ball really well the last (three) starts,'' Quintana said. ''Threw really good, all my stuff working really good.''

NL West-leading Los Angeles had won seven of eight. But the Dodgers were unable to recover after Kenta Maeda (3-2) struggled early on.

With one out and runners on second and third in the first, Baez walked on a close full-count pitch that Maeda wanted badly. After Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging, Contreras doubled down the third-base line and Daniel Descalso tacked on an RBI double for a 4-0 lead.

''The Baez walk, that was something I did not like at all,'' Maeda said through a translator. ''It ended up making the damage a little bigger.''

Rizzo went deep with one out in the second, sending an opposite-field drive into the bleachers in left. Baez then hit a bouncer up the line and juked inside to avoid Freese's tag , delighting the crowd of 35,536 on a cool night at Wrigley Field.

''Never had this play before,'' Baez said. ''It's just things that come to me, reaction, I don't know.''

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts argued the call first with first base umpire Chad Whitson and then with home plate umpire Ted Barrett, but Baez stayed on first.

The Dodgers wasted a couple of late chances to get back in the game. Pinch-hitter Max Muncy struck out looking on Quintana's 114th pitch, stranding two runners in the seventh. A.J. Pollock struck out and Cody Bellinger grounded out with the bases loaded in the eighth.

''We had chance to scratch our way back into the game, but we didn't get that big hit,'' Roberts said.

TOUGH DAY

Maeda allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked three in four innings. The six runs were the most allowed by the right-hander since he was charged with a career-high seven in an 8-1 loss at Arizona on Aug. 31, 2017.

''He just didn't have his fastball command,'' Roberts said.

IOWA-BOUND

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (strained left knee) pitched six innings during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. He is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Pittsburgh. ... C Russell Martin (back) could return this weekend. ''We're going to do a simulated situation on Friday,'' Roberts said. ''Depending on how that goes, a weekend activation seems likely.''

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (left hamstring strain) is ''trending in the right direction'' when it comes to pitching Thursday against Los Angeles, Maddon said. ... LHP Mike Montgomery (mild left lat strain) felt fine after pitching four innings of three-run ball in a rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Monday. ''We're going to set him up again to do the same thing, but he came through the thing well,'' Maddon said. ... LHP Xavier Cedeno (wrist inflammation) got two outs in his third rehab appearance with Tennessee on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.40 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.77) face off Wednesday night. Buehler pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati in his previous start. Hamels is going for his fourth consecutive win.

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  • W: J. Quintana (3-1)L: K. Maeda (3-2)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (4), J. Baez (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Hernandez 2B-LF-2B40000021.260.353.521.873-1.0
J. Turner 3B40210000.272.378.309.6864.0
D. Freese 1B30000011.219.359.438.796-0.5
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C. Seager SS40200010.276.370.425.7951.5
A. Pollock CF41100014.239.303.364.6671.5
C. Bellinger RF40100014.416.490.8651.3561.5
C. Taylor LF30010022.161.254.250.5040.0
C. Ferguson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- J. Pederson PH10000010.267.385.7071.091-0.5
A. Barnes C21000200.204.353.333.6863.0
K. Maeda P10000000.200.200.400.6000.0
J. Urias P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
c- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B20000022.227.310.480.790-1.0
  • a-singled for Freese in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Y. Garcia in the 9th
  • c-struck out for Urias in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Zobrist RF-2B52200001.250.343.250.5934.0
K. Bryant 3B31000101.221.341.351.6912.0
A. Rizzo 1B41121012.200.362.413.7756.5
J. Baez SS32211100.315.351.640.9929.0
K. Schwarber LF40100023.197.264.348.6120.0
W. Contreras C31130122.322.467.7121.1796.0
D. Descalso 2B30110113.309.387.455.8423.5
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Heyward CF-RF20000211.339.461.5591.0201.5
J. Quintana P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
A. Almora CF10000001.192.263.192.4550.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Turner (3), C. Bellinger (5)
    • SH - K. Maeda (3)
    • RBI - J. Turner (9), C. Taylor (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Turner (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, C. Bellinger 3 (3), C. Taylor, M. Muncy 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Contreras (5), D. Descalso (5)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (4), J. Baez (7)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (13), J. Baez (18), W. Contreras 3 (16), D. Descalso (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 3 (8), D. Descalso (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Descalso 3 (3), J. Heyward, J. Quintana 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Seager-Hernandez-Freese; Seager-Hernandez-Muncy)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Maeda (L, 3-2)4.07663515.201.45-6.5
    J. Urias2.00001403.321.027.0
    C. Ferguson1.01111013.751.500.0
    Y. Garcia1.00001006.751.312.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Maeda (L, 3-2)4.0
    J. Urias2.0
    C. Ferguson1.0
    Y. Garcia1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Quintana (W, 3-1)7.04222703.211.2926.5
    S. Cishek0.12000103.121.27-1.5
    K. Ryan1.21000302.841.423.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Quintana (W, 3-1)7.0
    S. Cishek0.1
    K. Ryan1.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Urias
    • IBB - K. Maeda
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 74-52, J. Urias 23-16, C. Ferguson 15-8, Y. Garcia 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 4-3, J. Urias 1-1, C. Ferguson 2-1, Y. Garcia 2-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 22, J. Urias 7, C. Ferguson 5, Y. Garcia 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 114-71, S. Cishek 12-8, K. Ryan 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 8-6, K. Ryan 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 27, S. Cishek 3, K. Ryan 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Hernandez 2B-LF-2B40000021.260.353.521.873-1.0
    J. Turner 3B40210000.272.378.309.6864.0
    D. Freese 1B30000011.219.359.438.796-0.5
    a- A. Verdugo PH-LF10100000.346.370.6351.0051.0
    C. Seager SS40200010.276.370.425.7951.5
    A. Pollock CF41100014.239.303.364.6671.5
    C. Bellinger RF40100014.416.490.8651.3561.5
    C. Taylor LF30010022.161.254.250.5040.0
    C. Ferguson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- J. Pederson PH10000010.267.385.7071.091-0.5
    A. Barnes C21000200.204.353.333.6863.0
    K. Maeda P10000000.200.200.400.6000.0
    J. Urias P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
    c- M. Muncy PH-2B-1B20000022.227.310.480.790-1.0
    Total33272021114-----
    • a-singled for Freese in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Y. Garcia in the 9th
    • c-struck out for Urias in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Zobrist RF-2B52200001.250.343.250.5934.0
    K. Bryant 3B31000101.221.341.351.6912.0
    A. Rizzo 1B41121012.200.362.413.7756.5
    J. Baez SS32211100.315.351.640.9929.0
    K. Schwarber LF40100023.197.264.348.6120.0
    W. Contreras C31130122.322.467.7121.1796.0
    D. Descalso 2B30110113.309.387.455.8423.5
    S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Ryan P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Heyward CF-RF20000211.339.461.5591.0201.5
    J. Quintana P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    A. Almora CF10000001.192.263.192.4550.0
    Total3178726916-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Turner (3), C. Bellinger (5)
      • SH - K. Maeda (3)
      • RBI - J. Turner (9), C. Taylor (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Turner (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, C. Bellinger 3 (3), C. Taylor, M. Muncy 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Contreras (5), D. Descalso (5)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (4), J. Baez (7)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 2 (13), J. Baez (18), W. Contreras 3 (16), D. Descalso (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 3 (8), D. Descalso (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Descalso 3 (3), J. Heyward, J. Quintana 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Seager-Hernandez-Freese; Seager-Hernandez-Muncy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Maeda (L, 3-2)4.07663515.201.45-6.5
      J. Urias2.00001403.321.027.0
      C. Ferguson1.01111013.751.500.0
      Y. Garcia1.00001006.751.312.0
      Total8.0877692---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Maeda (L, 3-2)4.0
      J. Urias2.0
      C. Ferguson1.0
      Y. Garcia1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Quintana (W, 3-1)7.04222703.211.2926.5
      S. Cishek0.12000103.121.27-1.5
      K. Ryan1.21000302.841.423.5
      Total9.07222110---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Quintana (W, 3-1)7.0
      S. Cishek0.1
      K. Ryan1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Urias
      • IBB - K. Maeda
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 74-52, J. Urias 23-16, C. Ferguson 15-8, Y. Garcia 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 4-3, J. Urias 1-1, C. Ferguson 2-1, Y. Garcia 2-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 22, J. Urias 7, C. Ferguson 5, Y. Garcia 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 114-71, S. Cishek 12-8, K. Ryan 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 8-6, K. Ryan 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 27, S. Cishek 3, K. Ryan 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Baez homered to right27
        Taylor grounded out to third, Pollock scored26
      • 3RD INNING
        Turner doubled to deep center, Barnes scored16
      • 2ND INNING
        Rizzo homered to left center, Zobrist scored06
      • 1ST INNING
        Descalso doubled to deep left, Contreras scored04
        Contreras doubled to deep left, Zobrist, Bryant and Baez scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joc Pederson hit for Yimi Garcia
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Barnes grounded out to third
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Steve Cishek pitching
        • Albert Almora in center field
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Turner: Ball, Turner singled to left center
        • Alex Verdugo hit for David Freese
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo singled to left, Turner to second
        • Kyle Ryan relieved Steve Cishek
        • C. Seager: Seager singled to right, Turner to third, Verdugo to second
        • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yimi Garcia relieved Caleb Ferguson
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Heyward walked
        • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Almora grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Heyward out at second
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • A. Pollock: Pollock singled to left
        • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Bellinger doubled to left center, Pollock to third
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Taylor grounded out to third, Pollock scored
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barnes walked
        • Max Muncy hit for Julio Urias
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Muncy struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Caleb Ferguson pitching
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez homered to right
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Schwarber lined out to right
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Foul, Ball, Descalso grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner lined out to right
        • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Urias Pitching:
        • J. Quintana: Strike swinging, Foul, Quintana struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Quintana out at second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • A. Barnes: Barnes popped out to shortstop
        • K. Maeda: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Maeda grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Julio Urias relieved Kenta Maeda
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Schwarber struck out on foul tip
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pollock flied out to center
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bellinger lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Maeda Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant popped out to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Baez lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Barnes walked
        • K. Maeda: Maeda hit sacrifice bunt to first, Barnes to second
        • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Turner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner doubled to deep center, Barnes scored
        • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Maeda Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to first
        • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • C. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Seager singled to right
        • A. Pollock: Ball, Pollock flied out to deep center
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Maeda Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Zobrist singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bryant popped out to second
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo homered to left center, Zobrist scored
        • J. Baez: Foul, Strike looking, Baez reached on an infield single to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber reached on an infield single to third, Baez to second
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez lined out to right
        • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Freese: Foul, Foul, Freese grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Maeda Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist singled to left
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bryant walked, Zobrist to second
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Rizzo grounded out to first, Zobrist to third, Bryant to second
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez walked
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Contreras doubled to deep left, Zobrist, Bryant and Baez scored
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso doubled to deep left, Contreras scored
        • J. Heyward: Heyward intentionally walked
        • J. Quintana: Quintana grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)