Cubs erupt after Maddon's ejection to rip Pirates 11-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Maddon isn't against pitching inside. It's when the ball starts buzzing batter's heads that the Chicago Cubs manager thinks the increasingly thin line between aggressive and dangerous can get a little too blurry.

On Thursday, Maddon thought Pittsburgh starter Jordan Lyles crossed it. So Maddon stormed onto the field after All-Star shortstop Javy Baez twice had to lean out of the way of inside pitches during his fourth-inning at-bat against Lyles.

Maddon walked toward the Pittsburgh dugout before being restrained by plate umpire Joe West and Chicago star Kris Bryant, at one point unleashing a pretty spry spin move for a 65-year-old former high school football player in an effort to get away.

While the outburst earned Maddon his second ejection of the season, it also provided a spark in what became an 11-3 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.

''Pent up frustration is one thing, but when guys keep throwing at their head, that's another thing, too,'' Maddon said.

Lyles (5-5) didn't hit a batter during his four-plus innings of work. Reliever Clay Holmes did, drilling third baseman David Bote in the head with the bases loaded in the fifth. Bote remained in the game after being checked out by the training staff and insisted he was fine.

Maybe, but Maddon is just about over watching his players bailing out to get out of the way of a Pirate's wayward pitch. Pittsburgh began the day having hit 39 batters on the season, seventh-highest in the majors. The Cubs have hit 31 batters so far.

''When you can't command the ball in, which was evidenced by David getting hit in the head (it's out of hand),'' Maddon said. ''I'm just saying, they continue along that tack, they got a nice bunch of players right there. They're not going to like it.''

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle pointed out Lyles has hit just one batter all year.

''Nobody likes the ball up and in, so I can understand there is some angst involved,'' Hurdle said. ''There's always going to be angst involved in the game of baseball, a manager is always going to try to protect his team and share his feelings.''

Lyles shook off the criticism, pointing out going inside is part of his typical gameplan.

''I throw a lot of heaters up at hitters' hands,'' Lyles said. ''And then I think it was the foul ball which created Joe to come out. But other than that, Baez said he was good. Everything was fine. Maybe he was trying to get the boys to get a little light up in them.''

Maddon's theatrics came with the Cubs nursing a slim one-run lead. An inning after Maddon headed to the clubhouse - where the manager said he enjoyed a nice glass of red wine - Chicago broke it open during a five-run fifth that included a two-run single by Baez.

Bryant tied a season high with four hits, including a first-inning home run to the seats in right-center off Lyles.

Bryant had no issue with Maddon briefly losing his cool.

''It's kind of like, all right, if you want to pitch up, just pitch up,'' Bryant said. ''Don't go in. We shouldn't be getting hit on the head. I don't think it was on purpose or anything like that, but it's just frustrating when balls keep coming right in front of your face.''

Robel Garcia finished a double short of the cycle in his first major league start. Willson Contreras drove in three runs for the Cubs, who moved back into a tie with Milwaukee for first place in the crowded NL Central, where all five teams are separated by 3 1/2 games.

Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since April.

Kevin Newman had two hits and All-Star Josh Bell boosted his RBI total to a major league-leading 81 with a sacrifice fly, but the Pirates couldn't pull off a four-game home sweep of the Cubs. Lyles surrendered a season-high seven runs and 10 hits, eight of them for extra bases, as Pittsburgh missed out on a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since May 31.

The Cubs have been in a weekslong funk and fell to 8-15 in their last 23 games after a 6-5 loss Wednesday night in which the Pirates rallied for two runs in the ninth against recently signed closer Craig Kimbrel. Maddon called it perhaps the toughest loss his team has endured all season but said his club's issues could be easily solved with just a little offense.

Chicago responded by putting up its highest run total since a 14-6 win over Washington on May 17. And the Cubs open the second half by welcoming the Pirates to Wrigley Field next Friday, a meeting Maddon said he ''can't wait'' for.

''I just want to see us go out there with the kind of intensity we played the last two games with and I'll take whatever happens after that,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RF Jason Heyward was held out of the lineup for a second straight day due to back tightness.

Pirates: RHP Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) threw 29 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday without any ill effects and is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Get a rare Friday off before beginning a two-game series against the crosstown White Sox on Saturday. Jon Lester (7-6, 3.89 ERA) starts the opener against Lucas Giolito (11-2, 2.72 ERA).

Pirates: Welcome Milwaukee for a three-game weekend series. Steven Brault (3-1, 4.29 ERA) faces Milwaukee's Zach Davies (7-2, 3.24 ERA) on Friday.

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  • W: J. Quintana (6-7)L: J. Lyles (5-5)
  • HR: CHC - A. Almora (8), K. Bryant (17), R. Garcia (1), W. Contreras (18)
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J. Baez SS50120021.288.324.556.8802.0
K. Bryant RF53411000.294.399.548.94713.0
A. Rizzo 1B42210111.269.380.515.8947.5
W. Contreras C51331000.294.386.571.95711.0
R. Garcia 2B51311022.500.5001.3331.8339.0
D. Bote 3B41010041.255.337.440.7771.0
A. Almora CF52111003.249.286.396.6827.0
J. Quintana P41000023.030.030.030.0610.0
T. Chatwood P0000-000.200.273.400.000-
S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Newman 2B-SS41200001.321.367.469.8363.0
    B. Reynolds LF40000022.338.403.521.924-1.0
    S. Marte CF40100012.283.326.469.7940.5
    J. Bell 1B30010002.306.377.6541.0311.0
    M. Cabrera RF40100000.313.345.451.7961.0
    J. Osuna 3B31000102.314.375.6861.0612.0
    J. Kang SS31110010.169.230.382.6123.5
    C. Stratton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- A. Frazier PH10000000.275.330.403.7340.0
    E. Diaz C20110010.278.333.361.6942.5
    J. Lyles P20000011.087.125.087.212-0.5
    C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Moran 2B10000010.278.322.465.786-0.5
    • a-fouled out for Stratton in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Schwarber (13), K. Bryant 2 (26), W. Contreras (14)
    • 3B - A. Rizzo (2), R. Garcia
    • HR - K. Bryant (17), W. Contreras (18), R. Garcia, A. Almora (8)
    • RBI - K. Schwarber (41), J. Baez 2 (60), K. Bryant (43), A. Rizzo (57), W. Contreras 3 (52), R. Garcia, D. Bote (35), A. Almora (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (10), J. Baez 2 (26), K. Bryant (23), W. Contreras 2 (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez, K. Bryant 2 (2), R. Garcia 2 (2), D. Bote
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Kang (6), E. Diaz (11)
    • SF - J. Bell (6), E. Diaz (2)
    • RBI - J. Bell (81), J. Kang (19), E. Diaz (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, J. Osuna 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Baez-Garcia-Rizzo)
    • E - R. Garcia
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Quintana (W, 6-7)7.06331604.191.3524.0
    T. Chatwood1.00000104.401.513.5
    S. Cishek1.00000002.891.023.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Quintana (W, 6-7)7.0
    T. Chatwood1.0
    S. Cishek1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lyles (L, 5-5)4.010771734.361.30-7.5
    C. Holmes2.05441115.201.45-3.5
    C. Stratton3.00000506.701.7711.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lyles (L, 5-5)4.0
    C. Holmes2.0
    C. Stratton3.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Quintana (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-60, T. Chatwood 15-10, S. Cishek 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-8, T. Chatwood 2-0, S. Cishek 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 28, T. Chatwood 3, S. Cishek 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Holmes (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 78-50, C. Holmes 44-28, C. Stratton 36-29
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 4-1, C. Holmes 3-1, C. Stratton 3-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 23, C. Holmes 12, C. Stratton 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Schwarber LF40110120.231.326.464.7903.0
    J. Baez SS50120021.288.324.556.8802.0
    K. Bryant RF53411000.294.399.548.94713.0
    A. Rizzo 1B42210111.269.380.515.8947.5
    W. Contreras C51331000.294.386.571.95711.0
    R. Garcia 2B51311022.500.5001.3331.8339.0
    D. Bote 3B41010041.255.337.440.7771.0
    A. Almora CF52111003.249.286.396.6827.0
    J. Quintana P41000023.030.030.030.0610.0
    T. Chatwood P0000-000.200.273.400.000-
    S. Cishek P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total41111511421311-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Newman 2B-SS41200001.321.367.469.8363.0
      B. Reynolds LF40000022.338.403.521.924-1.0
      S. Marte CF40100012.283.326.469.7940.5
      J. Bell 1B30010002.306.377.6541.0311.0
      M. Cabrera RF40100000.313.345.451.7961.0
      J. Osuna 3B31000102.314.375.6861.0612.0
      J. Kang SS31110010.169.230.382.6123.5
      C. Stratton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- A. Frazier PH10000000.275.330.403.7340.0
      E. Diaz C20110010.278.333.361.6942.5
      J. Lyles P20000011.087.125.087.212-0.5
      C. Holmes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Moran 2B10000010.278.322.465.786-0.5
      Total3136301710-----
      • a-fouled out for Stratton in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Schwarber (13), K. Bryant 2 (26), W. Contreras (14)
      • 3B - A. Rizzo (2), R. Garcia
      • HR - K. Bryant (17), W. Contreras (18), R. Garcia, A. Almora (8)
      • RBI - K. Schwarber (41), J. Baez 2 (60), K. Bryant (43), A. Rizzo (57), W. Contreras 3 (52), R. Garcia, D. Bote (35), A. Almora (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Schwarber (10), J. Baez 2 (26), K. Bryant (23), W. Contreras 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Baez, K. Bryant 2 (2), R. Garcia 2 (2), D. Bote
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Kang (6), E. Diaz (11)
      • SF - J. Bell (6), E. Diaz (2)
      • RBI - J. Bell (81), J. Kang (19), E. Diaz (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, J. Osuna 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Baez-Garcia-Rizzo)
      • E - R. Garcia
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Quintana (W, 6-7)7.06331604.191.3524.0
      T. Chatwood1.00000104.401.513.5
      S. Cishek1.00000002.891.023.0
      Total9.0633170---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Quintana (W, 6-7)7.0
      T. Chatwood1.0
      S. Cishek1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lyles (L, 5-5)4.010771734.361.30-7.5
      C. Holmes2.05441115.201.45-3.5
      C. Stratton3.00000506.701.7711.5
      Total9.01511112134---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lyles (L, 5-5)4.0
      C. Holmes2.0
      C. Stratton3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Quintana (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-60, T. Chatwood 15-10, S. Cishek 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-8, T. Chatwood 2-0, S. Cishek 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 28, T. Chatwood 3, S. Cishek 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Holmes (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 78-50, C. Holmes 44-28, C. Stratton 36-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 4-1, C. Holmes 3-1, C. Stratton 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 23, C. Holmes 12, C. Stratton 9
      • 6TH INNING
        Garcia homered to center113
        Contreras grounded out to pitcher, Rizzo scored103
      • 5TH INNING
        Baez singled to left, Almora and Quintana scored, Schwarber to second93
        Schwarber walked, Bote scored, Almora to third, Quintana to second73
        Bote hit by pitch, Rizzo scored, Contreras to third, Garcia to second63
        Rizzo singled to center, Bryant scored53
      • 3RD INNING
        Bell hit sacrifice fly to center, Newman scored43
        Contreras homered to left, Bryant scored42
      • 2ND INNING
        Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, Kang scored22
        Kang doubled to deep right center, Osuna scored21
        Almora homered to center20
      • 1ST INNING
        Bryant homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • R. Garcia: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Steve Cishek relieved Tyler Chatwood
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center
        • J. Osuna: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
        • Adam Frazier hit for Chris Stratton
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier fouled out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Bryant flied out to deep center
        • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Chatwood relieved Jose Quintana
        • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Colin Moran at second base
        • Chris Stratton pitching
        • J. Quintana: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Quintana struck out swinging
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Baez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Newman grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Holmes Pitching:
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Strike looking, Rizzo tripled to deep right
        • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Contreras grounded out to pitcher, Rizzo scored
        • R. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia homered to center
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Foul, Strike swinging, Almora lined out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
        • J. Osuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Osuna grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Kang struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bryant doubled to deep center
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo singled to center, Bryant scored
        • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras singled to shallow left, Rizzo to second
        • Clay Holmes relieved Jordan Lyles
        • R. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Garcia singled to center, Rizzo to third, Contreras to second
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bote hit by pitch, Rizzo scored, Contreras to third, Garcia to second
        • A. Almora: Strike swinging, Foul, Almora reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Contreras out at home, Garcia to third, Bote to second
        • J. Quintana: Foul, Quintana reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Garcia out at home, Bote to third, Almora to second
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked, Bote scored, Almora to third, Quintana to second
        • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Baez singled to left, Almora and Quintana scored, Schwarber to second
        • K. Bryant: Foul, Bryant reached on an infield single to third, Schwarber out at home, Baez to second
        • Middle of the 5th (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Reynolds struck out on foul tip
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • A. Almora: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Almora grounded out to second
        • J. Quintana: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Quintana struck out looking
        • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schwarber doubled to deep center
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • J. Kang: Ball, Kang lined out to left
        • E. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep right center
        • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Ball, Lyles fouled out to first
        • K. Newman: Newman flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • J. Baez: Ball, Baez popped out to second
        • K. Bryant: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Bryant doubled to deep left
        • A. Rizzo: Rizzo grounded out to second, Bryant to third
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Contreras homered to left, Bryant scored
        • R. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia tripled to deep right center
        • D. Bote: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Ball, Newman singled to left
        • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds flied out to deep right
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte singled to center, Newman to third
        • J. Bell: Bell hit sacrifice fly to center, Newman scored
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to right, Marte to second
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Osuna reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cabrera out at second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
        • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora homered to center
        • J. Quintana: Quintana grounded out to second
        • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Osuna walked
        • J. Kang: Kang doubled to deep right center, Osuna scored
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Kang to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, Kang scored
        • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lyles struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Lyles Pitching:
        • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwarber struck out swinging
        • J. Baez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
        • K. Bryant: Bryant homered to right center
        • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rizzo walked
        • W. Contreras: Foul, Contreras doubled to right, Rizzo to third
        • R. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Quintana Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Ball, Ball, Newman singled to left
        • B. Reynolds: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Reynolds reached on fielder's choice to third, Newman to second on 2nd baseman Garcia fielding error
        • S. Marte: Marte lined out to center, Newman to third
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Bell grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Reynolds out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)