Bryant's 3-run HR gives Cubs 5-2 win over Marlins

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant thinks he is locked in at the plate at the moment - and it shows.

Bryant hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

With runners on the corners, Bryant drove a 1-2 pitch from Adam Conley (1-4) through a strong wind and into the bleachers in left-center for his third career game-ending drive.

It was Bryant's fifth homer in his last 10 games and No. 6 on the year. The 2016 NL MVP was bothered by an inflamed left shoulder last season and had just 13 homers in 102 games. His previous low was 26 as a rookie in 2015.

''We've all been through injury and struggled,'' Cubs ace Jon Lester said. ''You learn a lot about yourself, you learn a lot about your teammates. It's just good to see him in a good spot right now.''

Albert Almora Jr. also connected as the Cubs won for the eighth time in nine games. Steve Cishek (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for the victory.

Martin Prado had two hits and drove in a run for Miami, which rallied for a 6-5 victory in the series opener Monday night. Jorge Alfaro had an RBI single.

Jason Heyward opened the Chicago ninth with a walk, and Kyle Schwarber was hit by a pitch. After pinch hitter Daniel Descalso advanced the runners with a sacrifice, Almora hit a grounder to Miguel Rojas with the infield in, and the shortstop fired to Alfaro to get Heyward at the plate.

Bryant then went deep for the third consecutive game for the first time in his career.

''I knew it was just a matter of time before my work showed up in the games,'' he said.

Miami wasted a terrific start by Caleb Smith, who struck out a career-high 11 in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits.

''Caleb was good,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''Honestly, just getting through this cold weather thing for him ... he's had trouble in weather, and it was good to see him come out and pitch like that.''

Lester yielded two unearned runs and eight hits in six innings. He worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth to keep the score tied.

In the fifth, Curtis Granderson reached third with none out on a double and an error, but was stranded there. In the sixth, Lester struck out Isaac Galloway and retired Smith on a comebacker to leave runners on first and second.

Chicago jumped in front in the first on a chilly night at Wrigley Field. Bryant reached on a wind-aided triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Javier Baez.

Miami responded with two unearned runs in the third. Granderson led off with a liner to left that Schwarber misplayed into a two-base error. Prado followed with an RBI double to right-center and scored one out later on a single by Alfaro.

Almora's leadoff homer in the bottom half tied it at 2.

''It was a cold one,'' Bryant said. ''I, obviously, didn't want to play extra innings.''

WEB GEM

Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson came up empty on a diving attempt on Baez's liner leading off the sixth - the ball hit off his glove - but Anderson scrambled to his feet, picked up the ball and fired a strike to Rojas to nail Baez at second base.

After being called out, Baez pointed at Anderson.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: OF/INF Ben Zobrist was a late scratch because of personal reasons. ... Descalso (sore left ankle) was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game. ... LHP Mike Montgomery (lat strain) is about ready to be activated, but the team hasn't decided which reliever he'll replace on the active roster. ''We have ideas, but we're just not ready to put them in motion yet,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''Monty, if he's throwing well, he's been a big part of our group and we've got to figure this out soon.''

UP NEXT

Miami righty Jose Urena (1-5, 5.45 ERA) faces righty Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.93 ERA) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night. Urena has struggled this season and allowed five runs in six innings against Atlanta in his last outing. Hendricks is coming off an 81-pitch shutout against St. Louis on Friday.

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CHC20-13
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  • W: S. Cishek (1-1)L: A. Conley (1-4)
  • HR: CHC - A. Almora (2), K. Bryant (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF51100011.177.277.365.6412.5
M. Prado 1B41210001.292.316.382.6985.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Anderson RF40100022.242.331.328.6590.0
J. Alfaro C40110013.277.340.436.7761.5
S. Castro 2B40100003.215.267.289.5561.0
M. Rojas SS40100011.268.320.321.6410.5
J. Berti 3B40100021.243.356.324.6800.0
I. Galloway CF40000033.154.154.173.327-1.5
C. Smith P30000023.071.071.071.143-1.0
N. Walker 1B10100000.267.364.419.7821.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Almora CF52211003.250.298.352.6508.0
    K. Bryant 3B52231012.250.381.508.88911.5
    A. Rizzo 1B30000122.244.373.537.9100.0
    J. Baez SS30210010.321.356.6571.0133.5
    W. Contreras C30100120.313.442.6561.0981.0
    D. Bote 2B40000024.256.347.451.799-1.0
    J. Heyward RF30000120.290.407.480.8870.0
    K. Schwarber LF21000120.235.327.398.7252.0
    J. Lester P20000001.333.500.5001.0000.0
    B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- M. Zagunis PH00000100.241.313.345.6571.0
    B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- D. Descalso PH00000000.250.337.381.7180.0
    • a-walked for Kintzler in the 7th
    • b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Cishek in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Granderson (6), M. Prado (5)
    • RBI - M. Prado (10), J. Alfaro (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, J. Alfaro, S. Castro 3 (3), C. Smith 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Baez (12)
    • 3B - K. Bryant
    • HR - A. Almora (2), K. Bryant (6)
    • SF - J. Baez
    • SH - D. Descalso
    • RBI - A. Almora (8), K. Bryant 3 (23), J. Baez (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 3 (15)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora, A. Rizzo 2 (2), D. Bote 4 (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Heyward (4), K. Schwarber (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Smith6.252231112.110.8916.5
    A. Brice1.11001101.881.261.5
    A. Conley (L, 1-4)0.21331018.101.88-10.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Smith6.2
    A. Brice1.1
    A. Conley (L, 1-4)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lester6.08200601.411.0316.0
    B. Kintzler1.00000202.160.664.0
    B. Brach1.00000202.401.604.0
    S. Cishek (W, 1-1)1.01000203.381.2510.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lester6.0
    B. Kintzler1.0
    B. Brach1.0
    S. Cishek (W, 1-1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Brice
    • HBP - A. Conley (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 112-72, A. Brice 26-15, A. Conley 20-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-5, A. Brice 2-1, A. Conley 2-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Smith 27, A. Brice 6, A. Conley 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 109-70, B. Kintzler 16-10, B. Brach 15-9, S. Cishek 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-7, B. Kintzler 1-0, B. Brach 1-0, S. Cishek 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, B. Kintzler 3, B. Brach 3, S. Cishek 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF51100011.177.277.365.6412.5
    M. Prado 1B41210001.292.316.382.6985.0
    A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    A. Conley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. Anderson RF40100022.242.331.328.6590.0
    J. Alfaro C40110013.277.340.436.7761.5
    S. Castro 2B40100003.215.267.289.5561.0
    M. Rojas SS40100011.268.320.321.6410.5
    J. Berti 3B40100021.243.356.324.6800.0
    I. Galloway CF40000033.154.154.173.327-1.5
    C. Smith P30000023.071.071.071.143-1.0
    N. Walker 1B10100000.267.364.419.7821.0
    Total37292001218-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Almora CF52211003.250.298.352.6508.0
      K. Bryant 3B52231012.250.381.508.88911.5
      A. Rizzo 1B30000122.244.373.537.9100.0
      J. Baez SS30210010.321.356.6571.0133.5
      W. Contreras C30100120.313.442.6561.0981.0
      D. Bote 2B40000024.256.347.451.799-1.0
      J. Heyward RF30000120.290.407.480.8870.0
      K. Schwarber LF21000120.235.327.398.7252.0
      J. Lester P20000001.333.500.5001.0000.0
      B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- M. Zagunis PH00000100.241.313.345.6571.0
      B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- D. Descalso PH00000000.250.337.381.7180.0
      Total30575251212-----
      • a-walked for Kintzler in the 7th
      • b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Cishek in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Granderson (6), M. Prado (5)
      • RBI - M. Prado (10), J. Alfaro (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Granderson, J. Alfaro, S. Castro 3 (3), C. Smith 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Baez (12)
      • 3B - K. Bryant
      • HR - A. Almora (2), K. Bryant (6)
      • SF - J. Baez
      • SH - D. Descalso
      • RBI - A. Almora (8), K. Bryant 3 (23), J. Baez (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 3 (15)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Almora, A. Rizzo 2 (2), D. Bote 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Heyward (4), K. Schwarber (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Smith6.252231112.110.8916.5
      A. Brice1.11001101.881.261.5
      A. Conley (L, 1-4)0.21331018.101.88-10.0
      Total8.27555122---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Smith6.2
      A. Brice1.1
      A. Conley (L, 1-4)0.2
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lester6.08200601.411.0316.0
      B. Kintzler1.00000202.160.664.0
      B. Brach1.00000202.401.604.0
      S. Cishek (W, 1-1)1.01000203.381.2510.0
      Total9.09200120---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lester6.0
      B. Kintzler1.0
      B. Brach1.0
      S. Cishek (W, 1-1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Brice
      • HBP - A. Conley (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 112-72, A. Brice 26-15, A. Conley 20-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-5, A. Brice 2-1, A. Conley 2-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Smith 27, A. Brice 6, A. Conley 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 109-70, B. Kintzler 16-10, B. Brach 15-9, S. Cishek 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 6-7, B. Kintzler 1-0, B. Brach 1-0, S. Cishek 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lester 27, B. Kintzler 3, B. Brach 3, S. Cishek 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Bryant homered to center, Schwarber and Almora scored25
      • 3RD INNING
        Almora homered to center22
        Alfaro singled to left center, Prado scored21
        Prado doubled to deep center, Granderson scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Baez hit sacrifice fly to center, Bryant scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Steve Cishek relieved Brad Brach
        • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
        • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Walker singled to left center
        • C. Granderson: Granderson grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Conley relieved Austin Brice
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heyward walked
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber hit by pitch, Heyward to second
        • Daniel Descalso hit for Steve Cishek
        • D. Descalso: Descalso hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Heyward to third, Schwarber to second
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Heyward out at home, Schwarber to third
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Foul, Bryant homered to center, Schwarber and Almora scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brad Brach pitching
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Brice Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bryant grounded out to third
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez doubled to deep right center
        • W. Contreras: Contreras intentionally walked
        • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bote grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brandon Kintzler relieved Jon Lester
        • C. Granderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Schwarber struck out bunting foul
        • Mark Zagunis hit for Brandon Kintzler
        • M. Zagunis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zagunis walked
        • Austin Brice pitching
        • Neil Walker at first base
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Almora popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rojas reached on fielder's choice to second, Castro out at second
        • J. Berti: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Berti singled to shallow left, Rojas to second
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
        • C. Smith: Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Baez singled to right, Baez out at second
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • D. Bote: Bote grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Granderson doubled to deep right center, Granderson to third on right fielder Heyward fielding error
        • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Prado lined out to center
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Anderson popped out to second
        • J. Alfaro: Foul, Alfaro grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
        • J. Lester: Ball, Foul, Lester reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Schwarber out at second
        • A. Almora: Almora singled to right, Lester to second
        • K. Bryant: Bryant flied out to center
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas singled to right
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Berti struck out looking
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Galloway flied out to deep left, Rojas to second
        • C. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
        • D. Bote: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • C. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson safe at first on left fielder Schwarber fielding error
        • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Prado doubled to deep center, Granderson scored
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to left center, Prado scored
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to third, Alfaro out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Almora homered to center
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Bryant struck out looking
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Baez struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas flied out to deep right
        • J. Berti: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Berti grounded out to third
        • I. Galloway: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • J. Heyward: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • J. Lester: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lester flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lester Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Granderson flied out to left
        • M. Prado: Ball, Ball, Prado singled to right
        • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to center, Prado to second
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop, Prado to third, Anderson to second
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Smith Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Almora flied out to deep right
        • K. Bryant: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bryant tripled to deep right
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Baez hit sacrifice fly to center, Bryant scored
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras singled to right center, Rizzo to second
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)