Lester pitches Cubs past Brewers 4-1 for series win

CHICAGO (AP) Pitching in the rain for most of a cold Sunday night, Jon Lester gave the Chicago Cubs everything he had.

It was more than enough.

Lester worked his way through 6 2/3 innings, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 to take a weekend series between the top teams in the NL Central.

Taking the mound a day after Chicago used seven relievers during a 2-1 victory in 15 innings, Lester allowed an unearned run and nine hits while throwing a season-high 116 pitches. The ace left-hander lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.16.

''Same mindset. I mean, every time my day comes, I want to finish the game,'' he said.

The 35-year-old Lester (3-1) struck out six and walked one while becoming the first Cubs lefty to go three consecutive starts without allowing an earned run since Ken Holtzman in 1969.

''He's been so good at pitching through adversity, making pitches when he needs to,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Bryant had three hits and scored three times, reaching safely for a career-best 22nd straight game and helping the division-leading Cubs close out an 8-2 homestand. Javier Baez collected two more hits, extending his hitting streak to a career high-tying 11 games.

Milwaukee wasted a solid start by Jhoulys Chacin (3-4), who permitted two runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings. The Brewers finished with nine hits, but left nine runners on base.

''Lester pitched really good. He made really good pitches, and they played really good defense, too,'' Chacin said. ''I think when they needed today, they made those plays for him. At the end, we just couldn't get the big hit there.''

After Baez's two-out RBI double gave Chicago a 2-1 lead in the fifth, Milwaukee put runners on the corners with no outs in the sixth. Lester wiggled out of the jam with some help from Baez, who cut down Jesus Aguilar at the plate when the big first baseman tried to score on Hernan Perez's one-out grounder to shortstop.

Lester departed with runners at the corners in the seventh, and Brandon Kintzler struck out Aguilar looking to end the inning. Kintzler also worked the eighth - making an impressive grab on Ben Gamel's inning-ending liner - and Steve Cishek finished for his second save.

''Great homestand,'' Bryant said. ''Super proud of the way that we've handled everything that we've been dealt.''

Bryant gave Chicago a 4-1 lead when he drove a 3-1 pitch from Adrian Houser deep to left-center with two outs in the seventh. It was Bryant's seventh homer in his last 15 games and No. 8 on the year.

''Bryant's home run late, obviously, was a big one,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''Three runs in these conditions felt like a big lead.''

ONE MORE TIME

The Brewers tied it at 1 in the fourth when Christian Yelich reached on a three-base error by left fielder Kyle Schwarber and scored on Aguilar's single.

Schwarber got turned around while going after Yelich's drive. He also committed an error that led to a run in Lester's previous start against Miami.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: OF Ryan Braun (sore left hamstring) was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day. He hit for Chacin in the seventh and grounded out.

Cubs: 1B Anthony Rizzo got the day off for the first time this season after his back tightened up during Saturday's marathon victory. The slugger has a history of back issues, and the Cubs are off Monday. ... 2B Daniel Descalso (sore left ankle) started for the first time since May 4. He had been limited to pinch-hitting duty since he got hurt running the bases against St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta (2-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the ball Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Philadelphia. RHP Aaron Nola (3-0, 4.57 ERA) starts for the Phillies.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati. Hendricks (2-4, 3.19 ERA) has allowed only an unearned run in 17 innings over his past two starts. RHP Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.27 ERA) goes for the Reds.

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  • W: J. Lester (3-1)L: J. Chacin (3-4)S: S. Cishek (2)
  • HR: CHC - K. Bryant (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Yelich RF41100001.338.449.7461.1962.0
J. Aguilar 1B40210012.198.304.321.6253.5
Y. Grandal C40100011.260.354.423.7770.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000023.250.314.514.828-1.0
H. Perez 2B30200102.247.295.438.7333.0
B. Gamel LF40100004.289.375.389.7641.0
O. Arcia SS30100003.248.309.387.6960.0
a- E. Thames PH10000000.250.384.475.8590.0
J. Chacin P20000011.250.308.500.808-0.5
b- R. Braun PH10000000.250.304.477.7810.0
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Shaw PH10000000.167.262.288.5500.0
  • a-lined out for Arcia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Chacin in the 7th
  • c-popped out for Houser in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Heyward RF40000011.258.361.452.812-0.5
K. Bryant 1B43321000.257.400.529.92911.0
J. Baez SS30210101.323.360.627.9885.0
W. Contreras C40010015.304.417.6171.0350.5
K. Schwarber LF30000102.229.346.376.7221.0
D. Bote 3B40200012.257.350.416.7661.5
D. Descalso 2B30000002.231.314.352.6650.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Zagunis PH10000010.233.324.333.657-0.5
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Almora CF31100001.245.286.349.6352.0
J. Lester P20000020.250.400.375.775-1.0
A. Russell 2B00000000.125.300.250.5500.0
  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (4)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Aguilar 2 (2), B. Gamel 4 (4), O. Arcia 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (14)
  • HR - K. Bryant (8)
  • SH - A. Russell
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (26), J. Baez (29), W. Contreras (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 2 (17), J. Baez (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 2 (2), K. Schwarber 2 (2), D. Bote 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Arcia
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Chacin-Perez; Aguilar-Arcia)
  • E - O. Arcia (6), H. Perez
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Baez; Contreras-Descalso)
  • E - K. Schwarber (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 3-4)6.06211404.571.2610.0
A. Houser2.02221216.101.842.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 3-4)6.0
A. Houser2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 3-1)6.29101601.161.1121.0
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.10001101.930.702.5
S. Cishek (S, 2)1.00000002.841.1610.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 3-1)6.2
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.1
S. Cishek (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Chacin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 94-62, A. Houser 36-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 7-7, A. Houser 2-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 25, A. Houser 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 116-74, B. Kintzler 20-12, S. Cishek 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-6, S. Cishek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 29, B. Kintzler 5, S. Cishek 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Cain CF40100121.246.304.377.6821.0
C. Yelich RF41100001.338.449.7461.1962.0
J. Aguilar 1B40210012.198.304.321.6253.5
Y. Grandal C40100011.260.354.423.7770.5
M. Moustakas 3B40000023.250.314.514.828-1.0
H. Perez 2B30200102.247.295.438.7333.0
B. Gamel LF40100004.289.375.389.7641.0
O. Arcia SS30100003.248.309.387.6960.0
a- E. Thames PH10000000.250.384.475.8590.0
J. Chacin P20000011.250.308.500.808-0.5
b- R. Braun PH10000000.250.304.477.7810.0
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- T. Shaw PH10000000.167.262.288.5500.0
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  • a-lined out for Arcia in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Chacin in the 7th
  • c-popped out for Houser in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Heyward RF40000011.258.361.452.812-0.5
K. Bryant 1B43321000.257.400.529.92911.0
J. Baez SS30210101.323.360.627.9885.0
W. Contreras C40010015.304.417.6171.0350.5
K. Schwarber LF30000102.229.346.376.7221.0
D. Bote 3B40200012.257.350.416.7661.5
D. Descalso 2B30000002.231.314.352.6650.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Zagunis PH10000010.233.324.333.657-0.5
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Almora CF31100001.245.286.349.6352.0
J. Lester P20000020.250.400.375.775-1.0
A. Russell 2B00000000.125.300.250.5500.0
Total3148412614-----
  • a-struck out for Kintzler in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar (4)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Aguilar 2 (2), B. Gamel 4 (4), O. Arcia 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (14)
  • HR - K. Bryant (8)
  • SH - A. Russell
  • RBI - K. Bryant 2 (26), J. Baez (29), W. Contreras (24)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Bryant 2 (17), J. Baez (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 2 (2), K. Schwarber 2 (2), D. Bote 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - O. Arcia
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Chacin-Perez; Aguilar-Arcia)
  • E - O. Arcia (6), H. Perez
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bryant-Baez; Contreras-Descalso)
  • E - K. Schwarber (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 3-4)6.06211404.571.2610.0
A. Houser2.02221216.101.842.0
Total8.0843261---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 3-4)6.0
A. Houser2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lester (W, 3-1)6.29101601.161.1121.0
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.10001101.930.702.5
S. Cishek (S, 2)1.00000002.841.1610.0
Total9.0910270---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lester (W, 3-1)6.2
B. Kintzler (H, 5)1.1
S. Cishek (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Chacin 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 94-62, A. Houser 36-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 7-7, A. Houser 2-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 25, A. Houser 9
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lester 116-74, B. Kintzler 20-12, S. Cishek 6-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lester 7-6, S. Cishek 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Lester 29, B. Kintzler 5, S. Cishek 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Bryant homered to left center, Almora scored14
  • 5TH INNING
    Baez doubled to deep right center, Bryant scored12
  • 4TH INNING
    Aguilar singled to left, Yelich scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Contreras grounded out to first, Bryant scored, Baez to third01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Steve Cishek pitching
    • Eric Thames hit for Orlando Arcia
    • E. Thames: Thames lined out to left
    • Travis Shaw hit for Adrian Houser
    • T. Shaw: Shaw popped out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Kintzler Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Grandal lined out to left
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep center
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Perez walked
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber lined out to second
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • Mark Zagunis hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • M. Zagunis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Zagunis struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Arcia lined out to left
    • Ryan Braun hit for Jhoulys Chacin
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Braun grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich singled to center, Cain to third
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • Addison Russell at second base
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adrian Houser pitching
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora singled to right
    • A. Russell: Russell hit sacrifice bunt to third, Almora to second
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Heyward popped out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant homered to left center, Almora scored
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Baez walked
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Contreras grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Aguilar doubled to deep left
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Grandal reached on an infield single to pitcher, Aguilar to third
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Aguilar out at home, Grandal to third
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gamel lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schwarber popped out to first
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Bote singled to center
    • D. Descalso: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Descalso grounded into double play shortstop to first, Bote out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Ball, Chacin popped out to second
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Yelich grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Lester: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to left center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Baez doubled to deep right center, Bryant scored
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Foul, Ball, Baez to third on wild pitch, Contreras flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Yelich safe at first on left fielder Schwarber fielding error, Yelich to third
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Aguilar singled to left, Yelich scored
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Perez reached on an infield single to third, Aguilar to second
    • B. Gamel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gamel reached on an infield single to pitcher, Aguilar to third, Perez to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Arcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gamel out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bote singled to center
    • D. Descalso: Descalso grounded out to second, Bote to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Almora hit into double play pitcher to second, Bote out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to left
    • J. Chacin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chacin struck out bunting foul
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Heyward lined out to right
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike looking, Bryant singled to right center
    • J. Baez: Baez safe at first on 2nd baseman Perez fielding error, Bryant to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal lined out to center
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas flied out to left
    • H. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Descalso fouled out to catcher
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Almora flied out to shallow right
    • J. Lester: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lester struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lester Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain singled to left
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Yelich grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heyward grounded out to first
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant safe at first on shortstop Arcia throwing error
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to right, Bryant to second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant to third, Baez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to first, Bryant scored, Baez to third
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • D. Bote: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Bote popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)