Baez hits grand slam, Cubs beat Reds 6-0 behind Quintana

CINCINNATI (AP) Javier Baez hit his first grand slam of the season . Jose Quintana got his first win since May 5. And a long, hot game ended with a dust-up involving Yasiel Puig and an ejection for the Cincinnati Reds manager.

Amid all the drama, the Chicago Cubs managed to pull out one they really needed.

The Cubs pulled away late to a 6-0 win on Saturday, leaving the NL Central leaders with a 14-14 mark in June. They must win the final game of the series to avoid their first losing month since May of 2017. Given the injuries to the rotation and the offense's struggles, manager Joe Maddon isn't too disappointed.

''A lot of moving parts,'' Maddon said. ''Of course you'd like to be in better position, but I can't really lament what's gone on at this point. Overall, we've hung in there pretty well.''

It ended with an outburst by Puig.

Pedro Strop hit Puig on the thigh with a 3-0 fastball in the eighth inning. Puig slammed his helmet and headed toward the mound, gesturing and screaming as the benches and bullpens emptied. Joey Votto and other Reds players held Puig back to prevent it from escalating.

Strop said he was surprised that Puig reacted so strongly.

''I don't know what to say about it,'' Strop said. ''It's not a secret he's stupid. I have nothing against him, but he's stupid.''

Puig said he wasn't sure whether Strop tried to hit him intentionally. Puig had taunted Cubs baserunner Albert Almora Jr. from right field during the series opener, trying to get him to go for an extra base after a single to right.

''At the end of the day, nothing happened,'' Puig said. ''Nobody got hurt. What's important tomorrow is to go out and win the game and win the series. That's more important than fighting with the other team.''

Reds manager David Bell was ejected in the ninth after reliever Dillon Maples hit Jose Peraza on the arm with a breaking pitch, which plate umpire Mark Wegner deemed accidental. It was Bell's sixth ejection of the season.

''The bottom line is I don't like it when our players get hit,'' Bell said.

Baez, voted the NL's starting shortstop for the All-Star Game in Cleveland, connected in the eighth off Jared Hughes to help Quintana (5-7) get his long-awaited win.

The left-hander gave the Cubs a much-needed quality start a day after their rotation took another hit. Cole Hamels left the Reds' 6-3 opening win after only one inning because of pain in his left side. He went on the injured list Saturday. Starter Kyle Hendricks also is sidelined by a sore shoulder.

Quintana allowed six singles in six innings, snapping his nine-start drought that was longest in the NL.

''We needed it, especially me,'' Quintana said.

Jason Heyward connected for a solo shot off Luis Castillo (7-3), the Reds' top candidate for the All-Star Game. Castillo allowed three hits and three walks in seven innings. The Cubs hit into a pair of double plays - including with the bases loaded in the fifth - that scuttled rallies.

CUBS MOVES

Chicago called up Maples and reliever Rowan Wick. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was designated for assignment. Gonzalez signed a minor league deal on June 1 and was called up two days later. He batted .175 in 15 games.

HEYWARD HEATING UP

In his last eight games, Heyward is 13 for 28 with three doubles, a triple, three homers and eight RBIs.

SCOOTER UPDATE

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett was activated for the series after missing all season with a groin injury. In two games, he's 1 for 8 with an infield single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Hendricks threw in the bullpen without problem Saturday. He's been sidelined since June 15. Maddon said there's a chance he could be activated next week.

Reds: Left-hander Alex Wood will play catch on Sunday. He hurt his back in spring training and has had several setbacks, including earlier in the week when he threw at Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Left-hander Jon Lester (7-5) faces the Reds for the first time this season. He's 7-1 in 16 career starts against Cincinnati, including 2-0 last season.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (4-4) faces the Cubs for the second time this season. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings of a 6-5 win at Wrigley Field on May 24, giving up four runs and three walks.

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  • W: J. Quintana (5-7)L: L. Castillo (7-3)
  • HR: CHC - J. Heyward (13), J. Baez (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40110124.227.316.462.7783.0
K. Bryant 3B41100112.284.395.531.9263.5
A. Rizzo 1B41000112.267.382.517.8991.5
J. Baez SS41141000.285.324.549.8739.0
W. Contreras C30000110.291.387.568.9550.5
J. Heyward RF31111101.270.358.463.8217.0
A. Russell 2B41200001.252.320.414.7343.0
A. Almora CF40100004.250.289.395.6842.0
J. Quintana P20000024.034.034.034.069-1.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Bote PH11100000.256.338.453.7912.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Descalso PH10000011.185.283.272.555-0.5
D. Maples P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Cishek in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Strop in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF40000002.264.322.477.7990.0
J. Votto 1B40200000.271.365.421.7862.0
E. Suarez 3B40200021.245.327.459.7872.0
Y. Puig RF30000003.238.287.459.7461.0
J. Iglesias SS40100014.292.328.411.7390.5
S. Gennett 2B40000002.125.125.125.2500.0
P. Ervin LF20100000.243.333.432.7661.0
a- J. Winker PH-LF20000000.249.330.459.7890.0
L. Castillo P20100010.097.097.097.1940.5
b- D. Dietrich PH00000000.222.353.567.9201.0
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Peraza PH00000000.224.273.341.6141.0
C. Casali C40000024.258.345.411.756-1.0
  • a-lined out for Ervin in the 7th
  • b-hit by pitch for Castillo in the 7th
  • c-hit by pitch for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (12), K. Bryant (22), A. Almora (10)
  • HR - J. Baez (20), J. Heyward (13)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (38), J. Baez 4 (56), J. Heyward (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (9), J. Heyward (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), A. Almora
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 2 (2), J. Iglesias 4 (4), S. Gennett 2 (2), C. Casali
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (5)
  • DP - (Heyward-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Gennett-Votto; Gennett-Iglesias-Votto)
  • E - R. Stephenson (2), E. Suarez (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 5-7)6.06000404.211.3724.0
S. Cishek (H, 6)1.00000002.971.053.0
P. Strop1.01000104.340.962.5
D. Maples1.00000100.001.503.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 5-7)6.0
S. Cishek (H, 6)1.0
P. Strop1.0
D. Maples1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 7-3)7.03113612.471.1515.0
D. Hernandez0.12220104.791.23-3.5
Z. Duke0.00111005.011.67-2.0
J. Hughes0.21110013.120.95-2.0
R. Stephenson1.02101103.301.070.5
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Cishek (3), P. Strop, D. Maples
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 101-63, S. Cishek 16-8, P. Strop 19-10, D. Maples 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 4-10, P. Strop 1-1, D. Maples 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, S. Cishek 3, P. Strop 5, D. Maples 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 101-62, D. Hernandez 10-7, Z. Duke 4-0, J. Hughes 8-6, R. Stephenson 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 11-3, J. Hughes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 26, D. Hernandez 3, Z. Duke, J. Hughes 3, R. Stephenson 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF40110124.227.316.462.7783.0
K. Bryant 3B41100112.284.395.531.9263.5
A. Rizzo 1B41000112.267.382.517.8991.5
J. Baez SS41141000.285.324.549.8739.0
W. Contreras C30000110.291.387.568.9550.5
J. Heyward RF31111101.270.358.463.8217.0
A. Russell 2B41200001.252.320.414.7343.0
A. Almora CF40100004.250.289.395.6842.0
J. Quintana P20000024.034.034.034.069-1.0
S. Cishek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Bote PH11100000.256.338.453.7912.0
P. Strop P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Descalso PH10000011.185.283.272.555-0.5
D. Maples P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Cishek in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Strop in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF40000002.264.322.477.7990.0
J. Votto 1B40200000.271.365.421.7862.0
E. Suarez 3B40200021.245.327.459.7872.0
Y. Puig RF30000003.238.287.459.7461.0
J. Iglesias SS40100014.292.328.411.7390.5
S. Gennett 2B40000002.125.125.125.2500.0
P. Ervin LF20100000.243.333.432.7661.0
a- J. Winker PH-LF20000000.249.330.459.7890.0
L. Castillo P20100010.097.097.097.1940.5
b- D. Dietrich PH00000000.222.353.567.9201.0
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Z. Duke P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Stephenson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Peraza PH00000000.224.273.341.6141.0
C. Casali C40000024.258.345.411.756-1.0
Total3307000616-----
  • a-lined out for Ervin in the 7th
  • b-hit by pitch for Castillo in the 7th
  • c-hit by pitch for Stephenson in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Schwarber (12), K. Bryant (22), A. Almora (10)
  • HR - J. Baez (20), J. Heyward (13)
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (38), J. Baez 4 (56), J. Heyward (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (9), J. Heyward (10)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), A. Almora
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Suarez (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Senzel 2 (2), J. Iglesias 4 (4), S. Gennett 2 (2), C. Casali
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Heyward (5)
  • DP - (Heyward-Rizzo)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Gennett-Votto; Gennett-Iglesias-Votto)
  • E - R. Stephenson (2), E. Suarez (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 5-7)6.06000404.211.3724.0
S. Cishek (H, 6)1.00000002.971.053.0
P. Strop1.01000104.340.962.5
D. Maples1.00000100.001.503.5
Total9.0700060---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 5-7)6.0
S. Cishek (H, 6)1.0
P. Strop1.0
D. Maples1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 7-3)7.03113612.471.1515.0
D. Hernandez0.12220104.791.23-3.5
Z. Duke0.00111005.011.67-2.0
J. Hughes0.21110013.120.95-2.0
R. Stephenson1.02101103.301.070.5
Total9.0865582---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 7-3)7.0
D. Hernandez0.1
Z. Duke0.0
J. Hughes0.2
R. Stephenson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Cishek (3), P. Strop, D. Maples
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 101-63, S. Cishek 16-8, P. Strop 19-10, D. Maples 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 4-10, P. Strop 1-1, D. Maples 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, S. Cishek 3, P. Strop 5, D. Maples 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 101-62, D. Hernandez 10-7, Z. Duke 4-0, J. Hughes 8-6, R. Stephenson 19-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 11-3, J. Hughes 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 26, D. Hernandez 3, Z. Duke, J. Hughes 3, R. Stephenson 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Schwarber doubled to center, Russell scored60
  • 8TH INNING
    Baez homered to right, Bote, Bryant and Rizzo scored50
  • 2ND INNING
    Heyward homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Robert Stephenson relieved Jared Hughes
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Russell singled to shallow left
    • A. Almora: Russell to second on Stephenson throwing error, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora flied out to left
    • Daniel Descalso hit for Pedro Strop
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Descalso struck out looking
    • K. Schwarber: Strike swinging, Schwarber doubled to center, Russell scored
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Rizzo popped out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Dillon Maples pitching
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Gennett grounded out to first
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Winker grounded out to second
    • Jose Peraza hit for Robert Stephenson
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza hit by pitch
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Peraza to second, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez pitching
    • David Bote hit for Steve Cishek
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote singled to right center
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bryant doubled to shallow left, Bote to third
    • Zach Duke relieved David Hernandez
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • Jared Hughes relieved Zach Duke
    • J. Baez: Foul, Baez homered to right, Bote, Bryant and Rizzo scored
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to third
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Heyward grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Pedro Strop pitching
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike looking, Senzel flied out to center
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Votto grounded out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez doubled to left center
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig hit by pitch
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Contreras walked
    • J. Heyward: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Heyward reached on fielder's choice to second, Contreras out at second
    • A. Russell: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Russell flied out to center
    • A. Almora: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Steve Cishek relieved Jose Quintana
    • Jesse Winker hit for Phillip Ervin
    • J. Winker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Winker lined out to left
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Luis Castillo
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dietrich hit by pitch
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Casali lined into double play right to first, Dietrich out at first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bryant grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo grounded out to third
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Baez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Votto singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Puig fouled out to first
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Iglesias singled to shallow right, Votto to second
    • S. Gennett: Foul, Strike looking, Gennett flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heyward walked
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Russell reached on an infield single to third, Heyward to second
    • A. Almora: Ball, Almora safe at first on 3rd baseman Suarez fielding error, Heyward to third, Russell to second
    • J. Quintana: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Quintana struck out swinging
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Almora out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Casali lined out to left
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Senzel lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rizzo flied out to center
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Baez flied out to shallow center
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Contreras grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gennett lined out to pitcher
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Almora doubled to center
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Quintana struck out on foul tip
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Bryant grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Schwarber out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Votto lined out to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Ball, Puig grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Heyward homered to center
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Russell grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • S. Gennett: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gennett lined out to center
    • P. Ervin: Ball, Ervin singled to center
    • L. Castillo: Castillo reached on bunt single to pitcher, Ervin to second
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Casali struck out looking
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Senzel reached on fielder's choice to third, Ervin out at third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Senzel lined out to right
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Votto singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Suarez singled to left, Votto to second
    • Y. Puig: Puig lined out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Foul, Iglesias flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)