CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber had a three-run triple to highlight a five-run seventh, and the Chicago Cubs snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak as they rallied for a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 2 and drove in a run for Chicago, which remained 3½ games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.
The Cubs were coming off back-to-back shutout losses to the Milwaukee Brewers. Before Sunday, they hadn’t been shut out in back-to-back games at Wrigley Field since August 2013 vs. the Dodgers.
Jason Heyward led off the seventh with a walk against reliever Matt Wisler (3-3) and stole second. One out later, Kris Bryant walked. Left-hander Taylor Guilbeau then came on to face Rizzo, who stroked a sharp single to center to score Heyward.
On the play, Bryant and Rizzo advanced on a throwing error by center fielder Jake Fraley, and then pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. was intentionally walked to load the bases. Schwarber followed with a grounder down the line that hit off first base and rolled down the line in foul territory as all three runners scored for a 4-1 Chicago lead.
Addison Russell plated Schwarber with a grounder to shortstop.
Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter despite only throwing 81 pitches.
Seattle rookie Justus Sheffield left with the lead after tossing five scoreless innings. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a career-high seven.
The Cubs had runners on base in each inning against Sheffield, but went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position — leaving a total of nine runners on base through five.
The Cubs recalled RHP Adbert Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa before the game. The 24-year-old is the team’s top starter prospect, but will be used out of the bullpen.
Mariners: C Omar Narvaez was scratched from the preliminary lineup because of back spasms.
Cubs: SS Javier Báez was held out after injuring his left thumb sliding into second base on Sunday. Manager Joe Maddon said Báez might miss Tuesday night’s game as well. … RHP Yu Darvish, who was scratched Sunday with right forearm tightness, is expected to make his next start on Saturday at Milwaukee. … C Willson Contreras (right hamstring strain) is continuing his rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa and could return this weekend.
Cubs LHP Jon Lester (11-9, 4.36 ERA) faces Mariners RHP Félix Hernández (1-4, 6.02) in the finale of the two-game series Tuesday night in a matchup of former Cy Young Award winners.
Source: Fox Sports