Jose Quintana shines in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

With four early home runs, the Cubs already had an eight-run lead and then Addison Russell hammered the fifth and final blow to lift Chicago to a 9-8 victory.

It's easy for Contreras - for all the Cubs - to feel they're back when Jake Arrieta delivers a quality start Saturday, then newly acquired Jose Quintana delivers a Cy Young start Sunday.

The lefty allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to strike out 12 in their debut.

Now, Chicago will try for more offense when the defending World Series champions continue a three-game series with Baltimore. The price was two top prospects - Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease - as well as two other prospects in Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. Davis went 1-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts in his brief rehab stint.

"That's really frustrating to be that close to getting out of an inning unscathed", manager Buck Showalter said. Can Quintana be the piece that puts them over the hump? The Cubs have slugged eight home runs in the first two contests, which doesn't bode well for Baltimore right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

A ANGELS 4, RAYS 3: C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer to help Los Angeles defeat visiting Tampa Bay.

Jose Quintana shines in Cubs debut, fans 12 to beat Orioles

Atlanta, swept by Arizona in a three-game home series a year ago, got payback by completing a sweep of the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost their fifth straight game. Nine of the 10 Chicago runs were scored with two outs.

Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez each banged out three hits and led the way as Chicago never went down in order. Jaime Garcia (3-7) allowed 1 run and 4 hits in 7 innings as the Braves (45-45) reached.500 for the first time since April 17.

Zach Britton pitched a scoreless eighth inning to keep him on his every-other-day schedule since returning from a left forearm strain, before Darren O'Day allowed a two-run home run in a hard ninth inning.

Athletics 7, Indians 3 • Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer got just two outs in a four-run first inning and matched the shortest start of his big league career as Oakland gave the visiting Indians a surprising sweep. Chicago has lost four in a row. He was removed after the inning but that did not spare him his third loss of the season in the Mets' 13-4 defeat to the Rockies.

Norichika Aoki had two hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who offset solo homers by Minnesota's Kennys Vargas and Ehire Adrianza, who had two of Minnesota's five hits.

Mike Montgomery allowed seven runs (all earned) in 2.1 innings in his last start against the Brewers at Wrigley on July 6. Bud Norris got Tim Beckham to ground into a double play for his 14th save, ending Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.

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