Cubs surrender a late lead but rally to top the Indians 6-5 on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch

By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Baseball

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish didn't enhance his chances of winning the National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, and Jeremy Jeffress allowed his first home run of the season at the most inopportune time.

But the top of the Cubs' order generated some long-awaited production, which culminated when pinch-hitter Cameron Maybin was hit by a pitch from Nick Wittgren with one out in the ninth inning to give them a 6-5 win over the Indians.

The victory cut the magic number for the Cubs (29-20) to clinch the division title to 10.

Kris Bryant started the rally with a walk and moved to third on a single by Anthony Rizzo. Wittgren hit Willson Contreras with a pitch before plunking Maybin.

Jeffress, who entered the game with an 0.98 ERA in 17 appearances, walked Josh Naylor to start the ninth and Francisco Lindor followed later with a two-run, game-tying home run to left field.

Darvish allowed a season-high nine hits but was unscored upon in his final four innings. Darvish (8-2) threw 77 of 100 pitches for strikes, but he wasn't as dominant as he has been most of the season as his ERA swelled from 1.77 to 2.00.


Darvish allowed a season-high nine hits - including a combined six by Tyler Naquin and Delino DeShields. But Darvish worked out of trouble after his teammates rallied to tie the game.

Naquin hit a double with two out in the sixth, but Darvish struck out Roberto Perez on a cut fastball to end the threat.

Deshields hit a double with one out in the seventh, prompting pitching coach Tommy Hottovy to visit the mound.

The Cubs selected to intentionally walk Lindor, who hit an RBI double in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth.


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