Baez, Heyward hit 3-run HRs in 6th as Cubs beat Dodgers 7-6

CHICAGO (AP) Whether he is dazzling with his glove and arm, juking opponents on the base paths or coming up with the big hit, Javier Baez simply finds ways to deliver.

This time, he did it at the plate.

Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a wild start by Cole Hamels to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 Wednesday night.

The Cubs did all their scoring with two outs, rallying from a three-run deficit and then hanging on to win for the seventh time in eight games.

Baez had a memorable infield single Tuesday when he juked inside to dodge first baseman David Freese's tag. And on Wednesday, he kicked the comeback into high gear with a long, tying drive to left that chased Walker Buehler. He watched for a few seconds as his second homer in as many games sailed well beyond the wall and gave a wave with his right hand before breaking into his trot.

''You can't read about Javy,'' Heyward said. ''You can't read about him. You've got to watch him. You've got to watch what he's doing. You've got to watch how he's thinking on the field.''

Pinch-hitter David Bote followed with a double to deep center against Scott Alexander (1-1). Willson Contreras was intentionally walked and Heyward lined a 2-2 pitch the opposite way to the basket in left-center , making it 6-3.

Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double in the seventh. And the Cubs hung on after the Dodgers' Alex Verdugo cut it to 7-6 with a three-run homer against Steve Cishek in the eighth.

HAMELS STRUGGLES

Hamels matched his highest walk total in three seasons with six over 5 2/3 innings after issuing none in winning his previous three starts. The four-time All-Star gave up three hits and exited trailing 3-0 after Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer.

Hamels acknowledged he had difficulty commanding his curve and cutter. And with the patient Dodgers taking pitches and fouling off others, doing what they could to extend at-bats, it added up to a difficult outing.

''This is a guy that doesn't walk guys,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''He attacks the strike zone and I think that for Cole it was a grind. I don't think that he really had the feel for his locations.''

Brad Brach (2-0) got the final two outs in the sixth. Pedro Strop walked pinch hitter Max Muncy leading off the ninth. But he struck out Enrique Hernandez and got Justin Turner to hit into a double play for his third save in four chances.

ROLLING

The Cubs moved two games above .500 for the first time this season. They'll try to complete the three-game sweep against the NL West leaders Thursday, when ace Jon Lester returns from a strained left hamstring.

Buehler gave up three runs and four hits. And the Dodgers lost their second in a row after winning seven of eight.

RUSSELL WATCH

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell singled and scored two runs for Triple-A Iowa against Nashville in his first game as he prepares to return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.

Russell was suspended last fall after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife. While declining to get into any specifics, Russell said in February he was accountable for his past actions and apologized for ''the hurt and the pain'' he caused.

Barring any postponements, Russell would be eligible to return to Chicago for its series opener against St. Louis on May 3 at Wrigley Field.

GOING DEEP

Heyward's homer was his first off a lefty since a game-ending grand slam against Philadelphia's Adam Morgan last June 6.

BOTE BACK

Bote rejoined the team after rushing to be with his wife in Colorado for the birth of their third child.

Bote had to hurry to be with her after hitting a tiebreaking single in the ninth in a 2-1 win over Arizona on Sunday.

The Cubs optioned right-hander Alec Mills to Triple-A Iowa following Tuesday's game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (strained left knee) rejoined the team Wednesday after pitching six dominant innings during an extended spring training game in Arizona two days earlier. He struck out 16 and allowed just one hit on Monday. The 39-year-old is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Pittsburgh.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (1-1, 3.07) could be making his last start for a while with Hill close to rejoining the rotation.

Cubs: LHP Lester (1-0, 2.57) makes his first start since April 8, when he strained his hamstring running the bases in the home opener against Pittsburgh.

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CHC12-10
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  • W: B. Brach (2-0)L: S. Alexander (1-1)S: P. Strop (3)
  • HR: LAD - C. Bellinger (12), A. Verdugo (4), CHC - J. Heyward (5), J. Baez (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez 2B30000211.250.356.500.8561.5
J. Turner 3B40000103.259.369.294.6631.0
D. Freese 1B30000111.200.349.400.7490.5
C. Seager SS32100122.278.375.422.7973.0
A. Pollock CF41100024.239.301.359.6601.0
C. Bellinger RF32221100.424.500.8911.39110.0
C. Taylor LF20110010.172.262.259.5201.5
a- A. Verdugo PH-LF21131000.352.375.6851.0608.0
A. Barnes C40000022.190.333.310.644-1.0
W. Buehler P20000010.125.125.500.625-0.5
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Pederson PH10000000.263.380.6971.0780.0
J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- M. Muncy PH00000100.227.318.480.7981.0
  • a-popped out for Taylor in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Alexander in the 7th
  • c-walked for Y. Garcia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Descalso 2B31100110.310.394.448.8422.5
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Bryant 3B-LF31200001.238.358.375.7335.0
A. Rizzo 1B31110101.205.367.423.7905.0
J. Baez SS41131002.312.347.6561.0038.0
K. Schwarber LF20000000.191.257.338.5950.0
a- D. Bote PH-3B21100000.304.385.478.8633.0
W. Contreras C31000110.306.456.6771.1331.5
J. Heyward RF41131000.333.450.5871.0378.0
A. Almora CF30000000.182.250.182.4320.0
C. Hamels P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Zagunis PH10000010.292.292.417.708-0.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Zobrist PH-2B10000000.246.338.246.5840.0
  • a-doubled for Schwarber in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Brach in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Kintzler in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Bellinger (12), A. Verdugo (4)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (30), C. Taylor (6), A. Verdugo 3 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo 3 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, A. Pollock 2 (2), A. Barnes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (8), A. Rizzo (3), D. Bote (5)
  • HR - J. Baez (8), J. Heyward (5)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez 3 (21), J. Heyward 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (4), J. Baez 3 (15), J. Heyward 3 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, J. Baez 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Bellinger (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Descalso-Rizzo; Bote-Zobrist-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler5.24332115.251.176.5
S. Alexander (L, 1-1)0.12331013.721.24-11.0
J. Kelly1.01110109.821.821.5
Y. Garcia1.00000106.171.203.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler5.2
S. Alexander (L, 1-1)0.1
J. Kelly1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels5.13336713.160.996.5
B. Brach (W, 2-0)0.20000104.151.967.5
B. Kintzler (H, 4)1.00000002.610.583.0
S. Cishek1.03330115.591.45-2.5
P. Strop (S, 3)1.00001103.520.789.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels5.1
B. Brach (W, 2-0)0.2
B. Kintzler (H, 4)1.0
S. Cishek1.0
P. Strop (S, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Alexander
  • HBP - J. Kelly
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 96-55, S. Alexander 10-6, J. Kelly 14-10, Y. Garcia 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 5-10, S. Alexander 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0, Y. Garcia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 22, S. Alexander 4, J. Kelly 5, Y. Garcia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 112-67, B. Brach 11-6, B. Kintzler 8-6, S. Cishek 23-15, P. Strop 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-4, B. Kintzler 1-2, S. Cishek 2-0, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Brach 2, B. Kintzler 3, S. Cishek 6, P. Strop 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Hernandez 2B30000211.250.356.500.8561.5
J. Turner 3B40000103.259.369.294.6631.0
D. Freese 1B30000111.200.349.400.7490.5
C. Seager SS32100122.278.375.422.7973.0
A. Pollock CF41100024.239.301.359.6601.0
C. Bellinger RF32221100.424.500.8911.39110.0
C. Taylor LF20110010.172.262.259.5201.5
a- A. Verdugo PH-LF21131000.352.375.6851.0608.0
A. Barnes C40000022.190.333.310.644-1.0
W. Buehler P20000010.125.125.500.625-0.5
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Pederson PH10000000.263.380.6971.0780.0
J. Kelly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- M. Muncy PH00000100.227.318.480.7981.0
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  • a-popped out for Taylor in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Alexander in the 7th
  • c-walked for Y. Garcia in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Descalso 2B31100110.310.394.448.8422.5
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Strop P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Bryant 3B-LF31200001.238.358.375.7335.0
A. Rizzo 1B31110101.205.367.423.7905.0
J. Baez SS41131002.312.347.6561.0038.0
K. Schwarber LF20000000.191.257.338.5950.0
a- D. Bote PH-3B21100000.304.385.478.8633.0
W. Contreras C31000110.306.456.6771.1331.5
J. Heyward RF41131000.333.450.5871.0378.0
A. Almora CF30000000.182.250.182.4320.0
C. Hamels P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Zagunis PH10000010.292.292.417.708-0.5
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- B. Zobrist PH-2B10000000.246.338.246.5840.0
Total307772334-----
  • a-doubled for Schwarber in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Brach in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Kintzler in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - C. Bellinger (12), A. Verdugo (4)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger 2 (30), C. Taylor (6), A. Verdugo 3 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Taylor, A. Verdugo 3 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Freese, A. Pollock 2 (2), A. Barnes 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Bryant (8), A. Rizzo (3), D. Bote (5)
  • HR - J. Baez (8), J. Heyward (5)
  • RBI - A. Rizzo (14), J. Baez 3 (21), J. Heyward 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Rizzo (4), J. Baez 3 (15), J. Heyward 3 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, J. Baez 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Bellinger (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Baez-Descalso-Rizzo; Bote-Zobrist-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler5.24332115.251.176.5
S. Alexander (L, 1-1)0.12331013.721.24-11.0
J. Kelly1.01110109.821.821.5
Y. Garcia1.00000106.171.203.5
Total8.0777332---
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler5.2
S. Alexander (L, 1-1)0.1
J. Kelly1.0
Y. Garcia1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Hamels5.13336713.160.996.5
B. Brach (W, 2-0)0.20000104.151.967.5
B. Kintzler (H, 4)1.00000002.610.583.0
S. Cishek1.03330115.591.45-2.5
P. Strop (S, 3)1.00001103.520.789.5
Total9.06667102---
PITCHERSIP
C. Hamels5.1
B. Brach (W, 2-0)0.2
B. Kintzler (H, 4)1.0
S. Cishek1.0
P. Strop (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Alexander
  • HBP - J. Kelly
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 96-55, S. Alexander 10-6, J. Kelly 14-10, Y. Garcia 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 5-10, S. Alexander 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0, Y. Garcia 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 22, S. Alexander 4, J. Kelly 5, Y. Garcia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 112-67, B. Brach 11-6, B. Kintzler 8-6, S. Cishek 23-15, P. Strop 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-4, B. Kintzler 1-2, S. Cishek 2-0, P. Strop 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 24, B. Brach 2, B. Kintzler 3, S. Cishek 6, P. Strop 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Verdugo homered to center, Seager and Bellinger scored67
  • 7TH INNING
    Rizzo doubled to deep right center, Bryant scored37
  • 6TH INNING
    Heyward homered to left center, Bote and Contreras scored36
    Baez homered to left, Descalso and Rizzo scored33
    Bellinger homered to left center, Pollock scored30
  • 4TH INNING
    Taylor reached on an infield single to first, Seager scored, Bellinger to third, Taylor to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Pedro Strop relieved Steve Cishek
    • Max Muncy hit for Yimi Garcia
    • M. Muncy: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Muncy walked
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Turner grounded into double play third to second to first, Muncy out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Freese grounded out to third
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager singled to left
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bellinger singled to center, Seager to third
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo homered to center, Seager and Bellinger scored
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnes grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yimi Garcia relieved Joe Kelly
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Bote grounded out to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Joc Pederson hit for Scott Alexander
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Pederson grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep center
    • J. Turner: Foul, Turner flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ben Zobrist hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • Joe Kelly pitching
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to third
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant hit by pitch
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo doubled to deep right center, Bryant scored
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pollock singled to center
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger homered to left center, Pollock scored
    • Brad Brach relieved Cole Hamels
    • Alex Verdugo hit for Chris Taylor
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Verdugo popped out to shortstop
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Barnes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mark Zagunis hit for Brad Brach
    • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zagunis struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Descalso singled to right
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant flied out to deep center
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked, Descalso to second
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Baez homered to left, Descalso and Rizzo scored
    • Scott Alexander relieved Walker Buehler
    • David Bote hit for Kyle Schwarber
    • K. Schwarber: Bote doubled to deep center
    • W. Contreras: Contreras intentionally walked
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heyward homered to left center, Bote and Contreras scored
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Buehler grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • J. Turner: Turner flied out to deep center
    • D. Freese: Foul, Strike looking, Freese lined out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras flied out to right
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Freese struck out on foul tip
    • C. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager walked
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked, Seager to second
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Taylor reached on an infield single to first, Seager scored, Bellinger to third, Taylor to second
    • A. Barnes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Barnes struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo flied out to deep center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Baez grounded out to first
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • W. Buehler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Buehler struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • J. Turner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Almora grounded out to first
    • C. Hamels: Foul, Hamels lined out to center
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant doubled to deep right, Descalso out at home
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barnes popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber grounded out to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Contreras lined out to right
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Hamels Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez lined out to center
    • J. Turner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner walked
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freese walked, Turner to second
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Descalso flied out to left
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bryant singled to left
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo lined out to center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)