Hendricks 4-hitter as Cubs beat Cards 4-0, win 5th in row

CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Hendricks could sense he had his command as soon as he stepped on the mound. He walked off 81 pitches later with possibly his best performance to date.

Hendricks tossed a four-hitter, Anthony Rizzo homered in his third straight game and the Chicago Cubs beat the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday.

The second-place Cubs won their season-high fifth in a row while cutting St. Louis' division lead to 1 1/2 games. The Cardinals have back-to-back losses after five consecutive victories.

Hendricks (2-4) threw the fewest pitches for the Cubs in a shutout since Jon Lieber's 78 against Cincinnati on May 24, 2001, and the fewest for a major leaguer in a nine-inning shutout since Boston's Aaron Cook needed 81 at Seattle on June 29, 2012.

''I just got a little bit lucky today, honestly,'' Hendricks said. ''I made a lot of good pitches early. ... I got away with a few. But overall, the focus on just making a good pitch was a lot better today.''

Hendricks (2-4) pitched his third career shutout and fourth complete game, his first since he blanked Miami on Aug. 1, 2016 at Wrigley Field.

''I think what you saw today was an aggressive approach,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''He attacked the zone. He made them put the ball in play. There were no walks. There were better counts. And that's who he is.''

Hendricks struck out three and did not walk a batter, after getting pounded in a loss at Arizona last week.

''That was pitching, the art of pitching, controlling counts, changing speeds, in and out of the zone, had our guys off balance, did a really nice job,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

Rizzo made it 3-0 with a three-run drive against Jack Flaherty (3-2) in the third and finished with three hits. Javier Baez added an RBI single in the seventh.

Flaherty allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

STINGY CUBS

The Cubs have shutouts in back-to-back games for the second time this year. Jon Lester and two relievers combined for a one-hitter in an 11-0 romp at Seattle on Wednesday.

Hendricks followed that with another dominant outing at Wrigley Field. He has a 0.86 ERA in three starts at home, compared to an 8.78 ERA in three road outings.

RUSSELL UPDATE

Maddon said again shortstop Addison Russell is getting extra time at Triple-A Iowa after completing his 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy because the Cubs simply want him to get more at-bats.

He will also continue to get more work at second base before returning to the Cubs.

''We just want to make sure that he's ready to play here,'' he said.

Maddon also dismissed the idea that Russell would be better off rejoining the Cubs on the road, saying, ''I don't think it's going to really matter, quite frankly.... I think regardless of where we play him, when he's ready to go it'll be fine.''

Russell was optioned to Triple-A on Thursday after completing his suspension. He was working out in Arizona, playing in extended spring training games and meeting with a counselor twice a week, before joining Iowa last week.

TRANSACTION

Cubs pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz has been reinstated from the restricted list after serving an 80-game suspension under Major League Baseball's drug program. The 24-year-old right-hander made three rehab starts with Class A Myrtle Beach and has now been assigned to Double-A Tennessee. He was suspended July 6 after testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: General manager John Mozeliak said it's a ''high probability'' RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) will be activated from the injured list prior to Saturday's game. ... OF Dexter Fowler (flu-like symptoms) pinch hit in the ninth after missing the previous three games.

Cubs: The Cubs returned RHP Tony Barnette (right shoulder inflammation) from a rehab assignment and transferred him to the 60-day injured list. Barnette, who made four rehab appearances for Triple-A Iowa, continues to experience tightness after he throws and will return to the Cubs' facility in Arizona.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (2-0, 4.78 ERA) went five innings in a win against Washington on Monday after missing a start because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.02) looks to build on his best start of the season after going six innings in a 9-1 victory at Arizona last week. The four-time All-Star allowed two hits, struck out eight and walked four.

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  • W: K. Hendricks (2-4)L: J. Flaherty (3-2)
  • HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (8)
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P. Goldschmidt 1B40000011.254.338.492.830-0.5
P. DeJong SS40000001.323.381.567.9480.0
M. Ozuna LF30000000.270.357.604.9610.0
J. Martinez RF30000000.361.400.470.8700.0
Y. Molina C30100000.263.289.386.6751.0
K. Wong 2B30100001.262.384.437.8211.0
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  • a-singled for Leone in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Descalso 2B31000110.247.337.383.7201.5
K. Bryant 3B32100110.229.359.419.7784.5
A. Rizzo 1B31331100.252.386.551.93810.0
J. Baez SS40110032.312.348.640.9880.5
W. Contreras C40100020.299.421.6441.0640.0
B. Zobrist RF-LF30000112.224.322.237.5590.5
K. Schwarber LF20000211.236.310.416.7261.5
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J. Heyward CF-RF40000005.315.422.506.9280.0
K. Hendricks P30000030.077.143.077.220-1.5
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. DeJong, H. Bader
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Bryant (11)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (8)
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (23), J. Baez (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez, J. Heyward 5 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Flaherty
    • CS - H. Bader (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Rizzo
    FIELDING
    • PB - Y. Molina
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (L, 3-2)5.24334914.171.253.5
    G. Gallegos1.12111203.861.110.0
    D. Leone1.00001106.001.402.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (L, 3-2)5.2
    G. Gallegos1.1
    D. Leone1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Hendricks (W, 2-4)9.04000303.931.4334.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Hendricks (W, 2-4)9.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - G. Gallegos
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 110-66, G. Gallegos 20-14, D. Leone 11-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, G. Gallegos 6, D. Leone 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 81-63
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 10-13
    • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 30
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Carpenter 3B40000012.190.312.328.639-0.5
    P. Goldschmidt 1B40000011.254.338.492.830-0.5
    P. DeJong SS40000001.323.381.567.9480.0
    M. Ozuna LF30000000.270.357.604.9610.0
    J. Martinez RF30000000.361.400.470.8700.0
    Y. Molina C30100000.263.289.386.6751.0
    K. Wong 2B30100001.262.384.437.8211.0
    H. Bader CF30100012.237.384.424.807-0.5
    J. Flaherty P20000001.100.100.100.2002.0
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    Total300400038-----
    • a-singled for Leone in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Descalso 2B31000110.247.337.383.7201.5
    K. Bryant 3B32100110.229.359.419.7784.5
    A. Rizzo 1B31331100.252.386.551.93810.0
    J. Baez SS40110032.312.348.640.9880.5
    W. Contreras C40100020.299.421.6441.0640.0
    B. Zobrist RF-LF30000112.224.322.237.5590.5
    K. Schwarber LF20000211.236.310.416.7261.5
    A. Almora CF00000000.243.300.297.5970.0
    J. Heyward CF-RF40000005.315.422.506.9280.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, P. DeJong, H. Bader
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Bryant (11)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (8)
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (23), J. Baez (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Baez (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez, J. Heyward 5 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Flaherty
      • CS - H. Bader (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Rizzo
      FIELDING
      • PB - Y. Molina
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (L, 3-2)5.24334914.171.253.5
      G. Gallegos1.12111203.861.110.0
      D. Leone1.00001106.001.402.5
      Total8.06446121---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (L, 3-2)5.2
      G. Gallegos1.1
      D. Leone1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Hendricks (W, 2-4)9.04000303.931.4334.5
      Total9.0400030---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Hendricks (W, 2-4)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - G. Gallegos
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 110-66, G. Gallegos 20-14, D. Leone 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, G. Gallegos 6, D. Leone 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Hendricks 81-63
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Hendricks 10-13
      • Batters Faced - K. Hendricks 30
      • 7TH INNING
        Baez singled to deep right center, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third04
      • 3RD INNING
        Rizzo homered to right, Descalso and Bryant scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Albert Almora in center field
        • Dexter Fowler hit for Dominic Leone
        • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to right center
        • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Carpenter popped out to shortstop
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to center
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina singled to deep left
        • K. Wong: Wong lined out to center
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dominic Leone relieved Giovanny Gallegos
        • W. Contreras: Contreras flied out to deep right
        • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zobrist walked
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • J. Heyward: Heyward popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt grounded out to third
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong lined out to second
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gallegos Pitching:
        • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hendricks struck out swinging
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Bryant doubled to deep left
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo intentionally walked
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez singled to deep right center, Bryant scored, Rizzo to third
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Rizzo picked off at home, pitcher to first to second to catcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader singled to center
        • J. Flaherty: Bader picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Flaherty flied out to left
        • M. Carpenter: Carpenter lined out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rizzo singled to shallow right
        • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • W. Contreras: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Contreras singled to right, Rizzo to third
        • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Zobrist popped out to shortstop
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked, Contreras to second
        • Giovanny Gallegos relieved Jack Flaherty
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward fouled out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to second
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Molina grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • K. Hendricks: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Descalso lined out to second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant lined out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to left
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • B. Zobrist: Zobrist grounded out to first
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Foul, Wong singled to left
        • H. Bader: Bader popped bunt out to first
        • J. Flaherty: Flaherty reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wong out at second
        • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Flaherty stole second, Strike swinging, Carpenter grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • K. Hendricks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hendricks struck out looking
        • D. Descalso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Descalso to second on passed ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Rizzo homered to right, Descalso and Bryant scored
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to second
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Contreras struck out on foul tip
        • B. Zobrist: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zobrist struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward reached on fielder's choice to second, Schwarber out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • K. Hendricks Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to second
        • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Descalso popped out to third
        • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Bryant struck out on foul tip
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Rizzo singled to left
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)