Cubs hit 3 homers, beat Pirates 8-3 to complete 3-game sweep

CHICAGO (AP) After struggling prior to the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have started the second half clicking on all cylinders.

Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

The NL Central leaders posted their first series win since taking all three from St. Louis on June 7-9.

The Cubs were 10-16 in the 26 games before last week's break. They outscored Pirates 22-10 in the series and manager Joe Maddon credited the rest during the break as the major factor behind the turnaround.

''People don't want to listen to that because it's too simple,'' Maddon said. ''If you're more rested, you tend to do what you do better. If you're not, you tend to do not as good.''

Robel Garcia had a pair of doubles and Anthony Rizzo added two hits as Chicago improved to 32-16 at Wrigley Field.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana (7-7) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings to win his third straight start. The left-hander struck out four and walked two.

Quintana has allowed six runs in 19 innings for a 2.84 ERA during the winning streak. Before that, he had lost six straight decisions.

Bryan Reynolds got two hits and drove in a run for Pittsburgh, which has dropped five of seven.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Garcia, before Pittsburgh rallied for three in the third to make it 3-1. Reynolds drove in the first run with a single, Starling Marte followed with a sacrifice fly and Jung Ho Kang capped the rally with an RBI double.

The Cubs pulled within 3-2 in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Quintana after David Bote had been intentionally walked. Quintana was 1 for 34 for the season before his hit off Trevor Williams (3-3).

''Finally,'' Quintana said. ''To get the base hit was exciting.''

Victor Caratini had a tying sacrifice fly in the fifth and Heyward hit a two-run homer for a 5-3 lead.

Almora had a pinch-hit homer in the sixth and Schwarber followed with a drive to right on the next pitch. Williams was pulled after giving up a single to the next batter, Javier Baez, and Rizzo later had a sacrifice fly.

Williams allowed a career-high tying eight runs on a career-high 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

''Fastball execution probably wasn't his friend,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''I don't make excuses for people. It's 13 days away (from his last appearance), and that can be problematic. In his case, a guy that is a touch-and-feel guy and pitches with command and pitches off the fastball, it affected him.''

STREAKING

Heyward has 15 homers, the most he's hit since a career-high 27 in 2012. He is batting .383 (23 for 60) with five homers and 14 RBIs and 12 runs in the last 16 games.

''Right now, his confidence is soaring,'' Maddon said. ''He's feeling so good about himself. He's on the barrel more often. You don't see the ball off the weaker part of his bat nearly as much as we have in the past.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, striking out two in a scoreless inning. ... OF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder inflammation) went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs for Indianapolis Saturday. ... INF Erik Gonzalez (left clavicle fracture) had his rehab stint suspended because of a left hamstring strain.

Cubs: C Willson Contreras didn't start because of a sore right foot. ... RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (left thoracic strain) tossed a scoreless inning on just nine pitches Saturday night in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa. There's been no determination when Edwards might be ready to return.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.15 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series at St. Louis on Monday night. RHP Miles Mikolas (5-9, 4.53) goes for the Cardinals.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 3.49 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against Cincinnati on Monday night as the homestand continues. RHP Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29) pitches for the Reds.

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  • W: J. Quintana (7-7)L: T. Williams (3-3)
  • HR: CHC - J. Heyward (15), A. Almora (9), K. Schwarber (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Reynolds RF41210002.336.411.522.9324.0
S. Marte CF30010011.279.319.484.8030.5
J. Bell 1B30000101.298.373.6361.0091.0
J. Kang 3B40110010.181.236.423.6592.5
C. Dickerson LF40100002.269.307.462.7691.0
E. Diaz C30000111.263.319.339.6570.5
A. Frazier 2B40100001.283.336.412.7482.0
T. Williams P11100000.250.286.250.5362.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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F. Vazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Osuna PH10000001.339.391.6951.0860.0
  • a-singled for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Vazquez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF31111102.229.325.465.7907.0
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a- A. Russell PH-2B10000001.242.320.394.7140.0
J. Baez SS51100011.289.323.549.8721.5
K. Bryant RF-LF41200101.296.404.552.9554.0
A. Rizzo 1B42210012.277.386.515.9014.5
V. Caratini C30210000.301.383.505.8893.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41121004.275.359.474.8337.0
R. Garcia 2B41210020.333.381.8891.2705.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Chatwood P00000000.200.273.400.6730.0
D. Bote 3B20000210.249.341.430.7711.5
J. Quintana P20110012.057.057.057.1141.5
b- A. Almora PH-CF11111100.250.288.406.6947.0
  • a-flied out for Kintzler in the 7th
  • b-homered for Quintana in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kang (7), A. Frazier (21)
  • SF - S. Marte (4)
  • SH - T. Williams (2)
  • RBI - B. Reynolds (34), S. Marte (51), J. Kang (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, J. Bell, C. Dickerson 2 (2), J. Osuna
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Garcia 2 (2)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (19), J. Heyward (15), A. Almora (9)
  • SF - A. Rizzo (2), V. Caratini
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (44), A. Rizzo (60), V. Caratini (17), J. Heyward 2 (40), R. Garcia (4), J. Quintana, A. Almora (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Heyward 2 (16), R. Garcia, J. Quintana
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 2 (2), A. Russell, A. Rizzo, J. Heyward 2 (2), J. Quintana 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Newman-Bell; Bell-Newman)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Garcia-Baez-Rizzo; Kintzler-Garcia-Baez-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 3-3)5.111883435.171.36-10.0
R. Rodriguez0.22000003.571.46-2.0
F. Liriano1.00001103.021.322.5
F. Vazquez1.00001102.061.142.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 3-3)5.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
F. Liriano1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 7-7)6.06332404.211.3519.0
B. Kintzler1.02000001.910.851.0
K. Ryan1.00000003.311.323.0
T. Chatwood1.01000004.301.502.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 7-7)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
K. Ryan1.0
T. Chatwood1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Williams 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-61, R. Rodriguez 10-5, F. Liriano 13-6, F. Vazquez 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-6, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 29, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Liriano 4, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 90-55, B. Kintzler 15-9, K. Ryan 9-7, T. Chatwood 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, K. Ryan 1-2, T. Chatwood 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 25, B. Kintzler 4, K. Ryan 3, T. Chatwood 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Reynolds RF41210002.336.411.522.9324.0
S. Marte CF30010011.279.319.484.8030.5
J. Bell 1B30000101.298.373.6361.0091.0
J. Kang 3B40110010.181.236.423.6592.5
C. Dickerson LF40100002.269.307.462.7691.0
E. Diaz C30000111.263.319.339.6570.5
A. Frazier 2B40100001.283.336.412.7482.0
T. Williams P11100000.250.286.250.5362.0
R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Moran PH10100000.295.335.477.8111.0
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F. Vazquez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Osuna PH10000001.339.391.6951.0860.0
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  • a-singled for Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-grounded out for Vazquez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF31111102.229.325.465.7907.0
B. Kintzler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Russell PH-2B10000001.242.320.394.7140.0
J. Baez SS51100011.289.323.549.8721.5
K. Bryant RF-LF41200101.296.404.552.9554.0
A. Rizzo 1B42210012.277.386.515.9014.5
V. Caratini C30210000.301.383.505.8893.0
J. Heyward CF-RF41121004.275.359.474.8337.0
R. Garcia 2B41210020.333.381.8891.2705.0
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Chatwood P00000000.200.273.400.6730.0
D. Bote 3B20000210.249.341.430.7711.5
J. Quintana P20110012.057.057.057.1141.5
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  • a-flied out for Kintzler in the 7th
  • b-homered for Quintana in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Kang (7), A. Frazier (21)
  • SF - S. Marte (4)
  • SH - T. Williams (2)
  • RBI - B. Reynolds (34), S. Marte (51), J. Kang (22)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kang (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Newman, J. Bell, C. Dickerson 2 (2), J. Osuna
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Garcia 2 (2)
  • HR - K. Schwarber (19), J. Heyward (15), A. Almora (9)
  • SF - A. Rizzo (2), V. Caratini
  • RBI - K. Schwarber (44), A. Rizzo (60), V. Caratini (17), J. Heyward 2 (40), R. Garcia (4), J. Quintana, A. Almora (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Heyward 2 (16), R. Garcia, J. Quintana
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Schwarber 2 (2), A. Russell, A. Rizzo, J. Heyward 2 (2), J. Quintana 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Newman-Bell; Bell-Newman)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Garcia-Baez-Rizzo; Kintzler-Garcia-Baez-Rizzo)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (L, 3-3)5.111883435.171.36-10.0
R. Rodriguez0.22000003.571.46-2.0
F. Liriano1.00001103.021.322.5
F. Vazquez1.00001102.061.142.5
Total8.01388563---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (L, 3-3)5.1
R. Rodriguez0.2
F. Liriano1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (W, 7-7)6.06332404.211.3519.0
B. Kintzler1.02000001.910.851.0
K. Ryan1.00000003.311.323.0
T. Chatwood1.01000004.301.502.0
Total9.0933240---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (W, 7-7)6.0
B. Kintzler1.0
K. Ryan1.0
T. Chatwood1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - T. Williams 2 (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 97-61, R. Rodriguez 10-5, F. Liriano 13-6, F. Vazquez 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-6, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 29, R. Rodriguez 4, F. Liriano 4, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 90-55, B. Kintzler 15-9, K. Ryan 9-7, T. Chatwood 17-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-6, B. Kintzler 1-1, K. Ryan 1-2, T. Chatwood 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 25, B. Kintzler 4, K. Ryan 3, T. Chatwood 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to right, Baez scored38
    Schwarber homered to right37
    Almora homered to left36
  • 5TH INNING
    Heyward homered to right center, Rizzo scored35
    Caratini hit sacrifice fly to right, Bryant scored33
  • 4TH INNING
    Quintana singled to right, Garcia scored, Bote to third32
  • 3RD INNING
    Kang doubled to left center, Reynolds scored, Bell to third31
    Marte hit sacrifice fly to center, Newman scored, Reynolds to third21
    Reynolds singled to left, Williams scored, Newman to third11
  • 2ND INNING
    Garcia doubled to deep right, Rizzo scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Chatwood relieved Kyle Ryan
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson lined out to left
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to left
    • Jose Osuna hit for Felipe Vazquez
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Osuna grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Ryan pitching
    • S. Marte: Marte flied out to center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bell popped out to second
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Kang grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Francisco Liriano
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Rizzo grounded into double play first to shortstop, Bryant out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brandon Kintzler pitching
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier lined out to left
    • Colin Moran hit for Richard Rodriguez
    • C. Moran: Moran singled to right
    • K. Newman: Ball, Newman singled to center, Moran to second
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reynolds grounded into double play pitcher to second to shortstop to first, Newman out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Francisco Liriano pitching
    • R. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • D. Bote: Ball, Bote popped out to first
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almora walked
    • Addison Russell hit for Brandon Kintzler
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Ball, Russell flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dickerson singled to left
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Dickerson out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • Albert Almora hit for Jose Quintana
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almora homered to left
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber homered to right
    • J. Baez: Baez singled to left
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Trevor Williams
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Bryant singled to center, Baez to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Rizzo hit sacrifice fly to right, Baez scored
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Ball, Caratini singled to left, Bryant to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Heyward popped out to third
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds flied out to deep right
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to center
    • A. Rizzo: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Rizzo singled to right, Bryant to third
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Caratini hit sacrifice fly to right, Bryant scored
    • J. Heyward: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Heyward homered to right center, Rizzo scored
    • R. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier reached on fielder's choice to first, Diaz out at second
    • T. Williams: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Williams hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Frazier to second
    • K. Newman: Foul, Ball, Newman grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Caratini lined out to right
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Heyward grounded out to second
    • R. Garcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Garcia doubled to deep right
    • D. Bote: Bote intentionally walked
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Quintana singled to right, Garcia scored, Bote to third
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Williams singled to center
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Newman singled to right, Williams to second
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds singled to left, Williams scored, Newman to third
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds to second on wild pitch, Foul, Marte hit sacrifice fly to center, Newman scored, Reynolds to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • J. Kang: Kang doubled to left center, Reynolds scored, Bell to third
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • J. Baez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Baez lined out to left
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bryant flied out to left
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kang grounded out to third
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rizzo singled to left center
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Caratini singled to left, Rizzo to second
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rizzo to third, Caratini out at second
    • R. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia doubled to deep right, Rizzo scored
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Bote intentionally walked
    • J. Quintana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Quintana struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Newman struck out looking
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Reynolds singled to center
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Marte popped out to second
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bell flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Schwarber grounded out to second
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Ball, Bryant popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)