Before the game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon told
reporters Baez would be held out of the lineup for the second
consecutive day due to an injured heel and would undergo an MRI
Instead, after waiting more than 3 1/2 hours on the bench, Baez
delivered in the game's most critical moment. Albert Almora Jr.
also had an RBI during a two-run ninth for Chicago.
The Cubs bounced back after Andrew McCutchen ripped a two-out,
two-run single in the seventh inning to put the Phillies ahead
2-1. Philadelphia's four-game winning streak ended.
Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs to lead
Chicago at the plate.
Cubs left-hander Kyle Ryan (1-1) earned the victory by pitching
two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief. It marked his first
victory since July 22, 2016, when he was a member of the Detroit
Phillies right-hander Juan Nicasio (0-2) drew the loss after
giving up two runs in one-third of an inning. Nicasio was vying
for his second save in as many nights.
Down 2-1, Chicago loaded the bases with one out for Almora in
the ninth. He drove in Bryant on an RBI groundout to even the
Moments later, Baez emerged from the dugout to the delight of
the Wrigley fans, then laced a single down the right field line
to easily score Anthony Rizzo from third base.
Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana tossed six scoreless innings to
pick up his sixth quality start of the season. He limited the
Phillies to two hits and three walks while striking out four.
Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin also notched his sixth quality
start by allowing one run on six hits in six innings with two
strikeouts and four walks.
The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Bryant scored from
second base on a groundout by Willson Contreras. Bryant took off
on the pitch and never stopped running as he rounded third base.
Phillies shortstop Jean Segura threw to first base to retire
Contreras. First baseman Rhys Hoskins then turned and fired a
throw to home plate, but Bryant slid ahead of the tag for the
After Quintana left the game, the Phillies pounced on the Cubs'
bullpen in the seventh to go ahead 2-1. McCutchen hit a two-out,
two-strike single up the middle to drive in Scott Kingery and
--Field Level Media
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