Cubs jump on Mariners, Lester allows 1 hit in 11-0 rout

SEATTLE (AP) Jon Lester was nearly flawless, even when he didn't need to be thanks to an early outburst from Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs' offense.

Lester and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Baez homered and doubled during Chicago's six-run second inning, and the Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 11-0 on Wednesday for their 13th win in 17 games.

''He sets the pace pitching-wise,'' Chicago manager Joe Maddon said of Lester. ''Offensively, we hit the ball hard. We hit it out of the ballpark. We played with a lot of energy again. I really appreciate the energy and enthusiasm in the dugout. It's outstanding.''

The Cubs handed Seattle starter Marco Gonzales his first loss of the season, thanks to the big second inning when 12 batters came to the plate. Gonzales (5-1) failed to make it out of the inning after giving up five hits and walking two.

Baez led off the second with a homer to deep right-center field - his 10th of the season - and later added an RBI double just inside third base. Jason Heyward also had an RBI single, and both of Gonzales' walks came with the bases loaded.

Gonzales, who was trying to become the first six-game winner in baseball, was also hurt by an error from left fielder Domingo Santana, who dropped David Bote's liner. It was Santana's sixth error of the season, the most of any outfielder in the majors. Gonzales was only charged with three earned runs, but it was the shortest start of his career.

''I'm just a little off-rhythm,'' Gonzales said. ''I'm having trouble finding the action that I needed on my pitches. Falling behind in counts, pitching through some traffic on the bases, and not controlling things I can control.''

Lester (2-1) cruised after the early run support, allowing one hit in seven innings. Pitching in his home state for the first time since September 2014, Lester struck out eight and walked only one. Seattle's only hit off the left-hander was a looping single from Ryon Healy in the second inning. It was Lester's second start since a stint on the injured list with a hamstring injury and easily his most impressive outing of the season.

''I think we were able to just use that layoff almost to regroup a little bit physically on my shoulder and elbow. It was just a matter of making sure the leg was OK coming back,'' Lester said. ''I felt like my arm was good, my mechanics were good and it just kind of carried over to the last few starts.''

Lester has not allowed a run in his last two starts in Seattle - even though they were five years apart. He said pitching with late-afternoon shadows allowed him to use his cutter more against right-handed hitters.

Allen Webster and Dillon Maples retired the last six Seattle batters in order.

Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras both homered in the fifth. Rizzo has 10 extra-base hits in his past 11 games, including homers in three of the past four.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Kris Bryant was lifted for pinch-hitter David Descalso in the fifth inning. Bryant was the designated hitter for both games in Seattle.

Mariners: 3B Kyle Seager believes he will be able to come off the 60-day injured list when he is eligible in late May. Seager has been out all season after having hand surgery during spring training. He took light batting practice for the first time on Tuesday and was taking ground balls during pregame on Wednesday. Seattle manager Scott Servais said how Seager's hand responses to facing increased velocity at the plate will be important. Seager will have a minor-league rehab assignment before rejoining the club.

BAD STATS

Seattle was outscored 52-26 on its six-game homestand and lost the last four games by 14, 13, one and 11 runs. According to STATS, Seattle is the first team to lose four straight games with three of them by more than 10 runs since the 1890 Philadelphia A's, an American Association team, in its final week of existence.

OPENING ACT

The Cubs had a special guest for batting practice before Wednesday's game: Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. The longtime Cubs fan and Seattle resident took a few hacks in the batting cage while chatting with manager Joe Maddon. Vedder watched both games of the series with former Chicago Blackhawks star Chris Chelios.

UP NEXT

Cubs: After a day off, the Cubs return home to open a homestand against St. Louis with Kyle Hendricks (1-4) getting the start. Hendricks allowed seven runs on 10 hits against Arizona in his last start.

Mariners: Seattle opens a 10-game road trip on Friday in Cleveland with LHP Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) making his eighth start. Kikuchi pitched only one inning in his last start as Seattle tries to limit his innings for the season.

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  • W: J. Lester (2-1)L: M. Gonzales (5-1)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (7), J. Baez (10), W. Contreras (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Bryant DH20010111.225.355.412.7671.5
a- D. Descalso PH-DH20000011.256.341.397.738-0.5
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T. Davis 1B01000100.000.167.000.1672.0
J. Baez SS52321010.314.352.6531.00411.5
W. Contreras C32221110.301.427.6631.0909.5
K. Schwarber LF41110003.241.302.425.7273.0
D. Bote 3B42000102.261.354.478.8333.0
J. Heyward RF41310000.329.438.529.9686.0
B. Zobrist 2B21020111.233.326.247.5723.5
J. Lester P0000-000.500.667.750.000-
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D. Maples P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-struck out for Bryant in the 5th
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M. Haniger RF40000020.236.322.504.826-1.0
D. Santana LF40000011.284.349.470.819-0.5
E. Encarnacion 1B30000121.231.372.471.8430.0
T. Beckham SS20000022.277.347.518.865-1.0
D. Moore SS10000010.194.293.306.598-0.5
D. Vogelbach DH30000001.297.448.7031.1510.0
O. Narvaez C00000000.291.386.488.8750.0
R. Healy 3B30100011.235.301.471.7710.5
T. Murphy C-P30000021.333.394.6331.027-1.0
B. Bishop CF30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Gordon 2B30000000.297.325.396.7210.0
M. Gonzales P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Bradford P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Wright P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Baez 2 (9), J. Heyward (2)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (7), J. Baez (10), W. Contreras (8)
    • SF - A. Rizzo, W. Contreras, K. Schwarber, B. Zobrist (2)
    • RBI - K. Bryant (14), A. Rizzo 2 (20), J. Baez 2 (24), W. Contreras 2 (19), K. Schwarber (9), J. Heyward (16), B. Zobrist 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (16)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, D. Descalso, K. Schwarber 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham, R. Healy, B. Bishop
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Bote (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Santana (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester (W, 2-1)7.01001801.730.9633.0
    A. Webster1.00000104.001.443.5
    D. Maples1.00000300.001.884.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester (W, 2-1)7.0
    A. Webster1.0
    D. Maples1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales (L, 5-1)1.25633213.281.33-12.0
    C. Bradford3.14331324.971.342.5
    C. Gearrin1.00000104.501.293.5
    M. Wright2.00000207.791.857.0
    T. Murphy1.012210018.002.00-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales (L, 5-1)1.2
    C. Bradford3.1
    C. Gearrin1.0
    M. Wright2.0
    T. Murphy1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-66, A. Webster 8-6, D. Maples 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-8, A. Webster 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, A. Webster 3, D. Maples 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 49-31, C. Bradford 53-37, C. Gearrin 11-7, M. Wright 16-13, T. Murphy 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 2-2, C. Bradford 5-2, M. Wright 3-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 14, C. Bradford 15, C. Gearrin 3, M. Wright 6, T. Murphy 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Almora CF50000035.243.300.297.597-1.5
    K. Bryant DH20010111.225.355.412.7671.5
    a- D. Descalso PH-DH20000011.256.341.397.738-0.5
    A. Rizzo 1B31121000.231.367.510.8777.0
    T. Davis 1B01000100.000.167.000.1672.0
    J. Baez SS52321010.314.352.6531.00411.5
    W. Contreras C32221110.301.427.6631.0909.5
    K. Schwarber LF41110003.241.302.425.7273.0
    D. Bote 3B42000102.261.354.478.8333.0
    J. Heyward RF41310000.329.438.529.9686.0
    B. Zobrist 2B21020111.233.326.247.5723.5
    J. Lester P0000-000.500.667.750.000-
    A. Webster P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-struck out for Bryant in the 5th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger RF40000020.236.322.504.826-1.0
    D. Santana LF40000011.284.349.470.819-0.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B30000121.231.372.471.8430.0
    T. Beckham SS20000022.277.347.518.865-1.0
    D. Moore SS10000010.194.293.306.598-0.5
    D. Vogelbach DH30000001.297.448.7031.1510.0
    O. Narvaez C00000000.291.386.488.8750.0
    R. Healy 3B30100011.235.301.471.7710.5
    T. Murphy C-P30000021.333.394.6331.027-1.0
    B. Bishop CF30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    D. Gordon 2B30000000.297.325.396.7210.0
    M. Gonzales P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Bradford P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Wright P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total2901001128-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Baez 2 (9), J. Heyward (2)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (7), J. Baez (10), W. Contreras (8)
      • SF - A. Rizzo, W. Contreras, K. Schwarber, B. Zobrist (2)
      • RBI - K. Bryant (14), A. Rizzo 2 (20), J. Baez 2 (24), W. Contreras 2 (19), K. Schwarber (9), J. Heyward (16), B. Zobrist 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, D. Descalso, K. Schwarber 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham, R. Healy, B. Bishop
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Bote (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Santana (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester (W, 2-1)7.01001801.730.9633.0
      A. Webster1.00000104.001.443.5
      D. Maples1.00000300.001.884.5
      Total9.01001120---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester (W, 2-1)7.0
      A. Webster1.0
      D. Maples1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-1)1.25633213.281.33-12.0
      C. Bradford3.14331324.971.342.5
      C. Gearrin1.00000104.501.293.5
      M. Wright2.00000207.791.857.0
      T. Murphy1.012210018.002.00-1.0
      Total9.010118583---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 5-1)1.2
      C. Bradford3.1
      C. Gearrin1.0
      M. Wright2.0
      T. Murphy1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 97-66, A. Webster 8-6, D. Maples 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-8, A. Webster 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 24, A. Webster 3, D. Maples 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 49-31, C. Bradford 53-37, C. Gearrin 11-7, M. Wright 16-13, T. Murphy 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 2-2, C. Bradford 5-2, M. Wright 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 14, C. Bradford 15, C. Gearrin 3, M. Wright 6, T. Murphy 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to left, Baez scored110
        Contreras hit sacrifice fly to right, Davis scored, Baez to third100
      • 4TH INNING
        Contreras homered to left90
        Rizzo homered to right80
      • 3RD INNING
        Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, Bote scored70
      • 2ND INNING
        Baez doubled to left, Zobrist scored, Bryant to third60
        Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to center, Heyward scored50
        Bryant walked, Bote scored, Heyward to third, Zobrist to second40
        Zobrist walked, Schwarber scored, Bote to third, Heyward to second30
        Heyward singled to center, Contreras scored, Schwarber to third, Bote to second20
        Baez homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Omar Narvaez catching
        • T. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Baez doubled to deep right, Davis to third
        • Wi. Contreras: Contreras hit sacrifice fly to right, Davis scored, Baez to third
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber hit sacrifice fly to left, Baez scored
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Bote flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dillon Maples relieved Allen Webster
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Wright Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Descalso grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Allen Webster relieved Jon Lester
        • Taylor Davis at first base
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • B. Bishop: Bishop popped out to second
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dylan Moore at shortstop
        • Mike Wright relieved Cory Gearrin
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber grounded out to first
        • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Foul, Bote grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach flied out to left
        • R. Healy: Healy lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Cory Gearrin relieved Chasen Bradford
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo lined out to right
        • J. Baez: Baez lined out to center
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger flied out to center
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward doubled to left
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to second, Heyward to third
        • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • Daniel Descalso hit for Kris Bryant
        • D. Descalso: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Murphy flied out to deep left
        • B. Bishop: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bishop struck out looking
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo homered to right
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • Wi. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras homered to left
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to second
        • D. Bote: Ball, Foul, Bote grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach flied out to deep right
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bote walked
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Foul, Foul, Heyward singled to left, Bote to third
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, Bote scored
        • A. Almora: Foul, Strike swinging, Almora reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Heyward out at second
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to third
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Baez homered to right center
        • Wi. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras singled to left
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber reached on bunt single to pitcher, Contreras to second
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Bote safe at first on left fielder Santana fielding error, Contreras to third, Schwarber to second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward singled to center, Contreras scored, Schwarber to third, Bote to second
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked, Schwarber scored, Bote to third, Heyward to second
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Almora struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked, Bote scored, Heyward to third, Zobrist to second
        • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to center, Heyward scored
        • J. Baez: Baez doubled to left, Zobrist scored, Bryant to third
        • Wi. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras walked
        • Chasen Bradford relieved Marco Gonzales
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Healy singled to right center
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • B. Bishop: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bishop reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Healy out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Foul, Almora grounded out to third
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger safe at first on 3rd baseman Bote throwing error, Haniger to second
        • D. Santana: Santana grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)