Quintana pitches 7 strong, Báez jukes, Cubs beat Dodgers 7-2

José Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win, and the Chicago Cubs used a fast start to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Posted: Apr 23, 2019 11:34 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — José Quintana pitched seven crisp innings in his third straight win, and the Chicago Cubs used a fast start to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Willson Contreras hit a three-run double in Chicago’s four-run first, and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run drive in the second. Javier Báez had two hits, a memorable infield single in the second and a solo shot in the seventh.

It was more than enough support for Quintana (3-1), who turned in another gem in the Cubs’ sixth win in seven games. The veteran left-hander allowed two runs and four hits while improving to 3-0 with a sparkling 0.86 ERA since he was hit hard in a loss at Milwaukee on April 5.

NL West-leading Los Angeles had won seven of eight. But the Dodgers were unable to recover after Kenta Maeda (3-2) struggled early on.

With one out and runners on second and third in the first, Báez walked on a close full-count pitch that Maeda wanted badly. After Kyle Schwarber struck out swinging, Contreras doubled down the third-base line and Daniel Descalso tacked on an RBI double for a 4-0 lead.

Rizzo went deep with one out in the second, sending an opposite-field drive into the bleachers in left. Báez then hit a bouncer up the line and juked inside to avoid the tag of first baseman David Freese, delighting the crowd of 35,536 on a cool night at Wrigley Field.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts argued the call first with first base umpire Chad Whitson and then with home plate umpire Ted Barrett, but Báez stayed on first.

The Dodgers wasted a couple of late chances to get back in the game. Pinch-hitter Max Muncy struck out looking on Quintana’s 114th pitch, stranding two runners in the seventh. A.J. Pollock struck out and Cody Bellinger grounded out with the bases loaded in the eighth.

IOWA-BOUND

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (strained left knee) pitched six innings during an extended spring training game in Arizona on Monday. He is expected to make his season debut Sunday against Pittsburgh. ... C Russell Martin (back) could return this weekend. “We’re going to do a simulated situation on Friday,” Roberts said. “Depending on how that goes, a weekend activation seems likely.”

Cubs: LHP Jon Lester (left hamstring strain) is “trending in the right direction” when it comes to pitching Thursday against Los Angeles, manager Joe Maddon said. Lester worked out before the series opener against the Dodgers. ... LHP Mike Montgomery (mild left lat strain) felt fine after pitching four innings of three-run ball in a rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Monday. “We’re going to set him up again to do the same thing, but he came through the thing well,” Maddon said. ... LHP Xavier Cedeño (wrist inflammation) got two outs in his third rehab appearance with Tennessee on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (2-0, 5.40 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.77) face off Wednesday night. Buehler pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball in a 3-2 victory over Cincinnati in his previous start. Hamels is going for his fourth consecutive win.

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