Javier Baez, Jason Heyward smack 3-run HRs in 6th to vault Cubs to 7-6 win over Dodgers

Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- Javier Baez and Jason Heyward aroused a once-dormant Cubs offense with a pair of three-run home runs in the sixth inning as the Cubs held on for a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday and earned their seventh win in their past eight games.

The Cubs (12-10) added a run in the seventh on a double by Anthony Rizzo that scored Kris Bryant, who was drilled on the left shoulder on a 96-mph fastball by reliever Joe Kelly. That double loomed large, as Alex Verdugo ripped a three-run home run off Steve Cishek in the top of the eighth that cut the Cubs' lead to one.

Pedro Strop walked Max Muncy to start the ninth but earned the save as the Cubs won their third consecutive game.

The Cubs scored all seven runs after two outs. Dodgers starter Walker Buehler limited the Cubs to two hits -- both by Bryant -- through the first five innings.

But Baez ripped a slider on an 0-2 pitch from Buehler into the left-field seats to tie the game. Buehler, whose fastball topped out at 99 mph, was replaced by left-hander Scott Alexander.

Pinch-hitter David Bote batted for Kyle Schwarber and smacked a double over the head of A.J. Pollock in center field. Willson Contreras was intentionally walked to bring up Jason Heyward.


But Heyward foiled the Dodgers' strategy by ripping a pitch that landed in the basket in left-center that fired up a crowd of 35,743 and caused the press box to sway.

Baez is 16 for his last 37 (.432) with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. Baez also made a long, one-hop throw to retire Joc Pederson for the first out of the seventh. His homer was his eighth of the season and his second in as many games.

Bryant, who entered Wednesday night's game in a 4-for-22 slump, ripped a 99-mph sinker off Buehler into left field for a single in the first.

With two out in the third, Bryant drove a pitch down the right-field line. Third-base coach Brian Butterfield waved Daniel Descalso from first to home plate, but Descalso was thrown out at home on an accurate relay from right fielder Cody Bellinger to Kike Hernandez to catcher Austin Barnes.


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