Hamels gets a no-decision against Phillies, Cubs win 8-4

CHICAGO (AP) Cole Hamels wasn't sharp. The Chicago Cubs compensated with power and a solid bullpen effort.

Hamels struggled in his first start against his original team, Albert Almora Jr. hit his first career grand-slam and the Cubs rallied from an early three-run deficit with three homers, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 Wednesday night.

With the game tied at 3 in the fifth, Almora launched Cole Irvin's changeup into the shrubs in the center-field batter's eye. The 25-year-old Almora popped out of the dugout for a curtain call and doffed his helmet to an ovation from the crowd of 39,246.

Irvin got Almora to ground out with the bases loaded and two outs in the first, but not a second time.

''I didn't want to leave six men out there (on base) just on myself,'' Almora said. ''(Irvin) was good getting me out with the changeup. I saw everything else pretty well, so I told myself see the changeup.''

Anthony Rizzo hit his 12th homer, a mammoth shot in the third inning that struck the neon beer sign atop the right field scoreboard, tying it at 3-all. That allowed Hamels to escape with a no-decision and remain unbeaten this season, despite allowing three runs on nine hits and two walks through four innings.

''It literally almost knocked out the sign,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''He got the `D' (in the sign).''

Javier Baez added a solo shot in the seventh. He started at shortstop after being held out of the lineup for two games with a bruised right heel.

Tyler Chatwood (3-0) earned the win with four innings of one-run, three-hit relief. Steve Cishek worked around a single and got the final three outs.

Chatwood seems to be overcoming control problems that have haunted him in the past.

''Chatty came in and really was outstanding,'' Maddon said. ''Great command. Great stuff. A lot of movement.''

Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a solo homer off Chatwood in the eighth. Jean Segura extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single and a double as the Phillies dropped their second straight to Chicago in a four-game series between division leaders.

Irvin (2-1) was roughed up for seven runs on seven hits after winning his first two starts following his recall from Triple-A.

''Just wasn't executing what I needed to,'' Irvin said. ''The off-speed I wasn't locating. Fastball I wasn't locating. That's a recipe for trouble when you're facing a lineup like that.''

After 99 pitches on a warm night, Hamels was replaced by Chatwood to start the fifth.

Hamels was 114-90 for the Phillies from 2006-15 after they signed him as a first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. He helped Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL pennant before being traded to Texas in July 2015 and then to the Cubs last July.

The lefty said facing the Phillies wasn't a big distraction ''because it had been so long and the team has kind of changed over.''

Hamels has more pressing concerns.

''The past couple of weeks, I just haven't been able to really locate my fastball,'' Hamels said, ''and with that everything else just doesn't have the same sort of sharpness behind it.''

The left-hander labored through a 38-pitch first inning as the Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead on J.T. Realmuto's ground-rule double into the vines on the right-center wall.

Philadelphia tacked on two more runs in the third against their former ace. Segura led off with a double and Bryce Harper followed with a drag bunt single under Hamels' glove. Rhys Hoskins and Cesar Hernandez hit RBI singles up the middle.

Rizzo started Chicago's comeback with his homer to right. He crushed Irvin's 3-0 fastball following singles by Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant.

NO-NO MEMORIES

Hamels' threw a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start for the Phillies on July 25, 2015. He struck out 13 and walked two in the 5-0 victory, then was dealt to Texas days later.

A FIRST

Irvin stroked a single up the middle in the second for his first major league hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (right forearm strain) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw another on Friday in Milwaukee. The 26-year-old was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts before going on the IL retroactive to May 8 and said he expects to be back in the starting rotation when he returns. ''That's my spot,'' Velasquez said. ''I believe that 100%.'' But manager Gabe Kapler said, ''I don't see it as a right.''

Cubs: Placed LHP Xavier Cedeno on the 10-day IL with left wrist inflammation and recalled RHP Rowan Wick from Triple-A-Iowa. Wick was 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 relief outings for Iowa. . RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and is expected to toss another this weekend.

UP NEXT: Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47) faces Cubs LHP Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09) in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Lester is 8-0 with a 1.49 ERA in 10 career starts against the Philadelphia. Nola has allowed just one run in four of his last five starts and is 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA over the span.

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PHI28-21
1020000104130
CHC29-18
00304010X880
  • W: T. Chatwood (3-0)L: C. Irvin (2-1)
  • HR: PHI - A. McCutchen (7), CHC - A. Rizzo (12), J. Baez (12), A. Almora (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. McCutchen LF52311011.254.378.425.8039.5
J. Segura SS41200101.323.370.491.8615.0
B. Harper RF51300003.235.366.458.8244.0
R. Hoskins 1B30110213.253.385.506.8913.5
J. Realmuto C50210015.274.328.446.7743.5
C. Hernandez 2B50110024.306.368.461.8291.0
S. Kingery CF30000022.349.404.6051.009-1.0
E. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Gosselin PH10000000.250.250.325.5750.0
E. De Los Santos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Knapp PH10000002.158.360.211.5710.0
M. Franco 3B40000012.224.292.402.694-0.5
C. Irvin P20100010.333.500.333.8330.5
O. Herrera CF20000010.219.280.342.622-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for De Los Santos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF41200021.225.339.401.7413.0
K. Bryant RF42200002.280.404.560.9645.0
A. Rizzo 1B32131101.258.381.546.92710.0
J. Baez SS31111122.323.365.608.9736.0
W. Contreras C21000110.312.421.6031.0242.5
A. Almora CF41141003.275.315.435.7509.0
A. Russell 2B40000010.226.294.355.649-0.5
D. Bote 3B30100100.246.333.407.7402.0
C. Hamels P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Chatwood P10000000.200.200.400.6000.0
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. McCutchen (8), J. Segura (11), J. Realmuto (11)
    • HR - A. McCutchen (7)
    • RBI - A. McCutchen (22), R. Hoskins (37), J. Realmuto (30), C. Hernandez (21)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen (9), J. Realmuto (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen, R. Hoskins 2 (2), J. Realmuto 3 (3), C. Hernandez 2 (2), A. Knapp 2 (2), M. Franco 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Schwarber (5), K. Bryant (14)
    • HR - A. Rizzo (12), J. Baez (12), A. Almora (5)
    • SH - T. Chatwood
    • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (34), J. Baez (33), A. Almora 4 (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora 4 (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Almora 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Irvin (L, 2-1)4.27773625.601.25-7.0
    E. Garcia1.10001104.321.922.5
    E. De Los Santos2.01110015.401.004.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Irvin (L, 2-1)4.2
    E. Garcia1.1
    E. De Los Santos2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Hamels4.09332603.381.261.0
    T. Chatwood (W, 3-0)4.03111312.861.3415.5
    S. Cishek1.01000102.351.042.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Hamels4.0
    T. Chatwood (W, 3-0)4.0
    S. Cishek1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Irvin
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Irvin 84-50, E. Garcia 20-11, E. De Los Santos 31-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Irvin 5-2, E. Garcia 2-1, E. De Los Santos 3-3
    • Batters Faced - C. Irvin 24, E. Garcia 5, E. De Los Santos 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 99-64, T. Chatwood 62-40, S. Cishek 25-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-2, T. Chatwood 5-4, S. Cishek 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, T. Chatwood 16, S. Cishek 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    PHI28-21
    1020000104130
    CHC29-18
    00304010X880
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. McCutchen LF52311011.254.378.425.8039.5
    J. Segura SS41200101.323.370.491.8615.0
    B. Harper RF51300003.235.366.458.8244.0
    R. Hoskins 1B30110213.253.385.506.8913.5
    J. Realmuto C50210015.274.328.446.7743.5
    C. Hernandez 2B50110024.306.368.461.8291.0
    S. Kingery CF30000022.349.404.6051.009-1.0
    E. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- P. Gosselin PH10000000.250.250.325.5750.0
    E. De Los Santos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- A. Knapp PH10000002.158.360.211.5710.0
    M. Franco 3B40000012.224.292.402.694-0.5
    C. Irvin P20100010.333.500.333.8330.5
    O. Herrera CF20000010.219.280.342.622-0.5
    Total404134131023-----
    • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
    • b-grounded out for De Los Santos in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Schwarber LF41200021.225.339.401.7413.0
    K. Bryant RF42200002.280.404.560.9645.0
    A. Rizzo 1B32131101.258.381.546.92710.0
    J. Baez SS31111122.323.365.608.9736.0
    W. Contreras C21000110.312.421.6031.0242.5
    A. Almora CF41141003.275.315.435.7509.0
    A. Russell 2B40000010.226.294.355.649-0.5
    D. Bote 3B30100100.246.333.407.7402.0
    C. Hamels P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    T. Chatwood P10000000.200.200.400.6000.0
    S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total3088834710-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. McCutchen (8), J. Segura (11), J. Realmuto (11)
      • HR - A. McCutchen (7)
      • RBI - A. McCutchen (22), R. Hoskins (37), J. Realmuto (30), C. Hernandez (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. McCutchen (9), J. Realmuto (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen, R. Hoskins 2 (2), J. Realmuto 3 (3), C. Hernandez 2 (2), A. Knapp 2 (2), M. Franco 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Schwarber (5), K. Bryant (14)
      • HR - A. Rizzo (12), J. Baez (12), A. Almora (5)
      • SH - T. Chatwood
      • RBI - A. Rizzo 3 (34), J. Baez (33), A. Almora 4 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Almora 4 (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Bryant, A. Almora 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Irvin (L, 2-1)4.27773625.601.25-7.0
      E. Garcia1.10001104.321.922.5
      E. De Los Santos2.01110015.401.004.0
      Total8.0888473---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Irvin (L, 2-1)4.2
      E. Garcia1.1
      E. De Los Santos2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels4.09332603.381.261.0
      T. Chatwood (W, 3-0)4.03111312.861.3415.5
      S. Cishek1.01000102.351.042.5
      Total9.013443101---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels4.0
      T. Chatwood (W, 3-0)4.0
      S. Cishek1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Irvin
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Irvin 84-50, E. Garcia 20-11, E. De Los Santos 31-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Irvin 5-2, E. Garcia 2-1, E. De Los Santos 3-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Irvin 24, E. Garcia 5, E. De Los Santos 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 99-64, T. Chatwood 62-40, S. Cishek 25-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 4-2, T. Chatwood 5-4, S. Cishek 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 23, T. Chatwood 16, S. Cishek 4
      • 8TH INNING
        McCutchen homered to left center48
      • 7TH INNING
        Baez homered to center38
      • 5TH INNING
        Almora homered to center, Bryant, Rizzo and Contreras scored37
      • 3RD INNING
        Rizzo homered to right, Schwarber and Bryant scored33
        Hernandez singled to center, Harper scored, Hoskins to second30
        Hoskins singled to center, Segura scored, Harper to second20
      • 1ST INNING
        Realmuto doubled to deep right center, McCutchen scored, Hoskins to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Harper singled to center
        • Steve Cishek relieved Tyler Chatwood
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Realmuto singled to right, Harper to second
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez lined out to right, Harper to third
        • Andrew Knapp hit for Enyel De Los Santos
        • A. Knapp: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto stole second, Ball, Foul, Knapp grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco grounded out to third
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen homered to left center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. De Los Santos Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bote lined out to right
        • T. Chatwood: Chatwood grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • Phil Gosselin hit for Edgar Garcia
        • P. Gosselin: Ball, Gosselin grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Enyel De Los Santos pitching
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep right
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Baez homered to center
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to third
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Almora lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Chatwood Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera lined out to first
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCutchen flied out to center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harper singled to center, Segura to second
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Garcia Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bote walked
        • T. Chatwood: Chatwood hit sacrifice bunt to first, Bote to second
        • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bryant fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Tyler Chatwood relieved Cole Hamels
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
        • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Irvin Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant doubled to deep left
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • J. Baez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Contreras walked, Bryant to third, Rizzo to second
        • A. Almora: Almora homered to center, Bryant, Rizzo and Contreras scored
        • Edgar Garcia pitching
        • Odubel Herrera in center field
        • A. Russell: Ball, Russell grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • C. Irvin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Irvin struck out swinging
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCutchen singled to center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura singled to shallow left, McCutchen to second
        • B. Harper: Foul, Harper reached on fielder's choice to second, McCutchen to third, Segura out at second
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hoskins walked, Harper to second
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto lined out to right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Irvin Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Russell grounded out to second
        • D. Bote: Bote flied out to center
        • C. Hamels: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamels struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Segura doubled to deep center
        • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper reached on bunt single to second, Segura to third
        • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins singled to center, Segura scored, Harper to second
        • J. Realmuto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Realmuto struck out on foul tip
        • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Hernandez singled to center, Harper scored, Hoskins to second
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Franco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Irvin Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber singled to right
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant singled to center, Schwarber to second
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo homered to right, Schwarber and Bryant scored
        • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Contreras struck out looking
        • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Franco struck out looking
        • C. Irvin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Irvin singled to center
        • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Irvin Pitching:
        • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Russell struck out on foul tip
        • D. Bote: Bote singled to deep right
        • C. Hamels: Strike looking, Hamels grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bote out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Hamels Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCutchen doubled to right center
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper flied out to deep left
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
        • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto doubled to deep right center, McCutchen scored, Hoskins to third
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Irvin Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schwarber doubled to deep right
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bryant lined out to left
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rizzo grounded out to shortstop, Schwarber to third
        • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Baez walked
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras hit by pitch, Baez to second
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Almora grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)