Monday, June 20, 2016

Sweep return: Miller leads D-backs past Phils

The D-backs hate to leave Citizens Bank Park, but they'll have the opportunity to play the Phillies again next week at Chase Field.
Arizona swept the four-game series with Monday afternoon's 3-1 victory. D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller cruised in his return to the rotation, as he allowed five hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings. D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb hit a two-run home run against Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning to give the D-backs a three-run lead. Arizona slugged 10 homers during the series.
"Anytime you sweep a team -- especially in four games -- it's huge," Lamb said. "The pitching was great and the hitting was obviously unreal with all the home runs."
The Phillies continue to struggle since a surprising 24-17 start. They are 6-24 since, which is the worst record in baseball since May 18. They also suffered their first winless homestand of six or more games since going 0-7 at Connie Mack Stadium in September 1964.
"It's disappointing to lose at home or the road," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "An 0-6 homestand is never fun. But we just have to move on."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Impressive return: If the D-backs hope to jump back into the playoff picture, they will need to have Miller find the form that helped him be successful in previous years and not the one who struggled to a 7.09 ERA earlier this season. Miller showed signs of that against the Phillies. It was his first start since May 24, after spending time on the DL with a sprained right index finger.
"All around I felt good so it's nice to be back up here and we're winning some games," Miller said. More >
Hellickson recovers: It looked ugly early for Hellickson, who had a 7.41 ERA in his previous three starts. He allowed three runs in the first inning to hand Arizona a 3-0 lead, but he settled after that. He allowed just two hits in his final six innings. The Phillies hope Hellickson gets on track with the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching. He could be an intriguing trade piece to a contending team looking for backend rotation help.
"Without question he could be a big trade chip for us," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said, "but he's had enough good outings where I like him pitching for us." More >
Hellickson declined to comment on any trade talks postgame.
Lamb like a lion: Lamb feasted on the Phillies in this series. In addition to his two-run homer in the first, he added a single in the third. In the four-game set, he finished 9-for-17 with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBIs.
"My timing feels real good," Lamb said. "Constantly been working on timing. That's kind of what I've been doing the whole year. Whether I feel good or bad at the plate I try and make sure my timing is locked in at the plate."
Out of a jam: Miller ran into trouble with two outs in the seventh when the Phillies managed back-to-back singles. D-backs manager Chip Hale went to setup man Tyler Clippard, who got pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes to fly out to center to end the threat.
"That was a big one," Hale said. "That was a really good job. Just a huge spot and we trust Clip to come in. He went in on him and got the flyout."
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"Yeah, it's hard to stay patient, but the alternative is to give up and I'm not going to give up. We're all competitors. I hate losing, nobody likes it. I don't expect the players to be happy. I expect when you're losing the players not to be in a good mood. The alternative is to just give up and keep taking it or fight and come out of it." -- Mackanin, on the team's continued struggles More >
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The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in each of their last seven home games, which is their longest stretch at home since an eight-game streak from Sept. 14-23, 1938.
WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: Patrick Corbin will get the start for the D-backs on Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. MST as they open a brief two-game series with the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Corbin was cruising in his last start against the Dodgers before a three-run homer by Scott Van Slyke led to a 3-2 loss for Arizona.
Phillies: The Phillies open a nine-game road trip Tuesday night at 8:10 ET in Minnesota. Right-hander Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.61 ERA) pitches the series opener against the Twins. Nola has really struggled in his last two starts, allowing 10 earned runs in just 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.51 ERA) pitches the series opener against the Twins.

Kershaw, Stras face off in premier matchup

The Nationals and Dodgers open a three-game series Monday night at Dodger Stadium with a matchup featuring two of the Majors' best in Stephen Strasburg and Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw is enjoying perhaps his best season, thanks to a 19-strikeout-to-walk ratio that is on pace to shatter the single-season record. He also boasts a Major League-best 1.58 ERA.
Meanwhile, Strasburg has spent the better part of the last year establishing himself among the same echelon as Kershaw. He's 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA and 118 strikeouts, tied for third in the Majors entering Sunday. Kershaw led with 133.
Things to know for this game
• The Dodgers are expected to activate outfielder Yasiel Puig on Monday. Los Angeles has been carrying nine relievers and will almost certainly send down one to make room.
• Chase Utley faced Strasburg often in his Phillies days, but is hitting just .148/.179/.148 in 28 plate appearances.
• Bryce Harper is 1-for-12 with a homer and seven strikeouts in his career against Kershaw.
• The opener will mark the second of four consecutive games against left-handers for the Nationals, who began this stretch batting .271 against lefties. Michael Taylor -- who homered twice Sunday -- has been making most of the starts in center field against lefties, although manager Dusty Baker dismissed the notion of calling it a platoon with Ben Revere.

Fister looks to extend winning ways in opener vs. Angels

The Astros are 9-0 in the last nine games started by Doug Fister (7-3, 3.26 ERA), and they will look to keep that streak going Monday night in the opener of a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park.
One of those nine wins came against the Angels on May 29, when the 32-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of five-hit ball in Anaheim, allowing three runs (one earned). The Astros won that game, 8-6, in 13 innings.
"One of the things that happens when Doug pitches is we have to be ready," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said after Fister's last start, a 5-2 win in St. Louis. "He pitches quick, he pitches efficiently, he throws strikes, they put the ball in play. Teams don't wait around. They try to attack his pitches that are up. You have to play with an alert approach when he's on the mound, and what comes with that is a little bit more attention to detail, a little bit more energy out of the team, and it's turned into a lot of wins."
The Angels will counter with Jhoulys Chacin, who enters the game with a 3-4 record and an ERA of 5.00. Chacin's performance has dipped in June, with the 28-year-old right-hander posting a 1-1 record and 7.04 ERA in his three starts.
But Chacin's last performance at Minute Maid Park was a good one. In 2013, Chacin (then with the Rockies) allowed two runs in seven innings against the Astros, striking out nine while surrendering five hits.
The Astros and Angels, who battled until the final day of the 2015 season for a Wild Card spot (won by the Astros), play a backloaded schedule against each other this season. In fact, Monday's game represents just the fourth between the division rivals this year.
That will soon change, though, with the clubs set to face off six times in the final two weeks of June. The Angels enter the series 2 1/2 games back of the Astros for third place in the American League West.
Things to know about this game
• Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitting .393 in June with a .487 on-base percentage, and he'll enter the series fresh after receiving a partial day off as Houston's designated hitter Sunday. It was Altuve's first game as DH this season. Altuve is hitting .545 (6-for-11) against the Angels in 2016.
• The Astros have a 17-8 record since moving right fielder George Springer to the leadoff spot in the batting order May 24. Two of those wins ended on walk-off hits from Springer, including a 5-4 win at Minute Maid Park on Saturday over the Reds.
• The Astros have won nine of their last 11 games at Minute Maid Park and are 19-15 overall at home this season.

Cardinals visit Wrigley to face old friend Lackey

Cubs starter John Lackey has helped and hurt the Cardinals over the course of his career after he joined the list of 152 pitchers who have pitched for both clubs last offseason. On Monday night, he'll face his former team for the third time this season when the division rivals open a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Lackey will be welcoming the Cards to Chicago for the first time. The Cubs, who've won three straight, dropped his start at Busch Stadium on May 23, when Randal Grichuk hit a walk-off home run after Lackey pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits. But Lackey won in St. Louis on April 18, tossing seven shutout innings.
Lackey has also hurt the Cubs in similar fashion. He made three starts vs. Chicago in 2015, allowing a total of three runs and striking out 19 over 21 2/3 innings.
St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia has pitched his entire career in the Cardinals' organization and has experienced some success against the Cubs. He's 2-2 in six starts against Chicago, and 1-0 at Wrigley Field with a 2.05 ERA. He didn't receive the necessary run support earlier this season, when he went five innings and gave up two runs on four hits April 19 against the Cubs in St. Louis.
The Cardinals will look like a different team Monday than in their last series against the Cubs. Jhonny Peralta will likely be in the lineup for the first time against Lackey this season. The shortstop is hitting .355 against him lifetime, with 11 hits in 31 plate appearances. Seth Maness returned to the St. Louis bullpen Sunday, while Grichuk and Jeremy Hazelbaker are now at Triple-A with Tommy Pham getting called up.
Three things to know about this game
• It's been more than five years since Garcia's last win against the Cubs, which came on June 3, 2011. However, Cubs hitters have hit just .174 (8-for-46) against Garcia.
• The Cardinals' two wins against the Cubs so far this season are tied for the fewest against opponents they've faced in more than one series.
• Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is expected to make his first Major League start in this game. Contreras hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in his first career at-bat on Sunday and hit .350 with Triple-A Iowa before his promotion.

Gausman, Holland set for makeup game

It's not often a baseball team flies halfway across the country to play a road game sandwiched between two home games. In fact, the Orioles haven't had a one-game road trip with home games immediately before and after since June 25, 1967, according to STATS, LLC.
But a rainout in Texas in April has forced such an occasion, so the O's will trek to Arlington for a one-game trip Monday.
"It kind of feels like going to play the Wild Card there," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, who called it "a big challenge."
Showalter said the Orioles will leave a combination of 10 players and staff members in Baltimore on Monday, including the three starting pitchers who aren't scheduled. The lone O's starter making the trip is right-hander Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14 ERA), who is seeking his first win since Sept. 30, 2015.
The Rangers, who open a six-game homestand Monday, will send lefty Derek Holland (5-5, 5.14 ERA) to the hill. Holland has a 7.09 ERA in his past eight starts and allowed five runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings his last time out.
"I need to get it together and get on a roll," Holland said. "My mechanics are fine, I just need to do a better job of execution and making my pitches.
Things to know about this game
• In his career vs. the Rangers, his former team, O's slugger Chris Davis has a .190 average and a .352 slugging percentage. Both are his lowest against any American League club.
• Gausman has received an average of 2.71 runs of support per game in his 11 starts this season, more than a run worse than any other Orioles starter.
• The Rangers are 24-10 at home, the second best 34-game home record in club history.
• Baltimore is 3-2 all time in one-game road trips with home games before and after, according to STATS, LLC. All five games came against the Washington Senators.

Smyly, Tomlin face off at Progressive Field

The Rays and Indians kick off a three-game series at Progressive Field on Monday night.
Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.75) will start for the Rays and he'll be opposed by Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.27).
Smyly is coming off a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday that saw him strike out a career-high 12 hitters in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 14 appearances against the Indians. He is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in six career appearances at Progressive Field.
The left-hander said he had a better feel for his offspeed pitches than he had during his recent outings.
Tomlin pitched well Tuesday at Kansas City when he held the Royals to one run on seven hits in seven innings. He has received a no-decision in back-to-back outings after going 8-1 through his first 10 starts. In three June starts he has given up four runs over 19 2/3 innings.
Tomlin is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.
Three things to know about this game:
• The Rays have hit five home runs in 32 road games, second in the Major Leagues to the Blue Jays (59 in 37 games). They are on pace for 144 home runs on the road, which would break the Major League record held by the Barry Bonds-powered 2001 Giants (138). Bonds hit 36 of his Major-League record 73 that year on the road.
• Smyly has surrendered 15 home runs this season, including eight in his last five starts spanning 28 innings pitched. Tomlin has given up at least one homer in 10 of his 12 outings this year. He has allowed 13 home runs in the 2016 season.
• Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with two RBIs and a pair of home runs off Smyly in his career. He is the only active Tribe member with double digit career at-bats against Smyly hitting north of .214.

Karns seeks continued success against Pelfrey, Tigers

Mariners right-hander Nathan Karns will square off against Tigers righty Mike Pelfrey in the opener a four-game series on Monday at Comerica Park.
Pelfrey is 1-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP in 13 starts in his first year with the Tigers, and the 6-foot-7, 240-pounder has 35 strikeouts and 30 walks in 71 1/3 innings.
Karns is 5-2 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.42 WHIP, with 75 strikeouts and 33 walks over 71 innings, and has pitched well for the most part since claiming the Mariners' fifth starter spot in the spring. The 28-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.72 ERA over his last nine outings.
The Tigers are opening a nine-game homestand, while Seattle is wrapping up a 10-game road trip. But the Mariners have been strong away from Safeco Field this season with an American League-best 21-14 road record heading into Sunday's series finale at Fenway Park.
The Mariners have played well at Comerica Park in recent years, going 13-8 since 2011.
Things to know about this game
• Pelfrey pitched the past three seasons in Minnesota after seven seasons with the Mets, but he has faced the Mariners just twice in his 11-year career (0-1, 2.03 ERA in 13 1/3 innings). The 32-year-old had one of his best starts last year against Seattle in a no-decision when he threw eight shutout innings with just four hits at Target Field in the Mariners' 4-1 win in 11 innings.
• Karns also has limited experience against the Tigers (1-0, 2.00 ERA in two games, including one start). The lone start came last year with the Rays when he allowed one run and three hits over six innings in a 5-2 win.
• Pelfrey has fared well against Mariners slugger Robinson Cano in the past, holding him to a .176 average in 18 plate appearances. But the only two Mariners with more experience against him (both with 21 plate appearances) have hit him well -- catcher Chris Iannetta is .467 with two home runs and right fielder Seth Smith is at .412 with two doubles, a triple and a homer.

Second-place Marlins go for 4-game sweep of Rox

Paul Clemens aims to leave a lasting impression in his 2016 debut for the National League East's second-place Marlins as he takes on a revamped Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies to close out a four-game series on Monday at Marlins Park.
Clemens, a non-roster invitee in Spring Training, was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday to take a struggling Justin Nicolino's rotation spot. In 14 starts at the club's top affiliate, Clemens went 6-4 with a 4.30 ERA. The 28-year-old strung together three solid performances in his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA. He last made a start in the big leagues in 2013.
De La Rosa (3-4, 7.61 ERA) dropped a hesitation in his delivery, which has helped turn his season around. After beginning the year 1-4 with an 11.41 ERA in six starts, he was moved to the bullpen in late May to figure things out. Three strong relief appearances later he returned to the rotation on Tuesday to shut out the Yankees over five innings.
Three things to know about this game
• Clemens will make his first Major League start since Sept. 28, 2013, when he was a member of the Astros. In two career appearances against Colorado, he's 2-0 and has allowed no runs in 2 2/3 innings.
• Among pitchers with at least 10 innings, De La Rosa's 14.40 ERA in road games is the highest in the National League. He's 0-2 in three starts away from Coors Field this year.
• Lefties are hitting .311 off De La Rosa this year, a steep incline from his .229 career mark. The two left-handed hitting Marlins who have faced the southpaw -- Ichiro Suzuki and Christian Yelich -- are a combined 6-for-20 (.300) against him.

AL ERA leader Wright leads Red Sox against White Sox

The Red Sox and the White Sox open a four-game set Monday night at Fenway Park when a pair of right-handers take the mound. Steven Wright of the Red Sox opposes Miguel Gonzalez of the White Sox in the series opener.
Wright comes in with a five-game winning streak and leads the American League with a 2.22 ERA. The knuckleballer has gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts. During that span, he has allowed 10 runs in 43 2/3 innings with 33 strikeouts.
In his last start, Wright allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Wednesday. It was just the third time this season he has allowed three or more runs. He allowed six hits and struck out four.
"It is the pitch where if you throw enough strikes, you can put yourself in a position to go deep into games," Wright said. "That's my goal. You don't want to give up runs, but the ultimate goal is to keep the team within striking distance. I don't want to give up runs, no one does."
Gonzalez (1-2, 4.74 ERA) will be making his 10th appearance (ninth start) for the White Sox. Gonzalez has gone six innings just once this month. He has made four appearances in June (three starts) and has a 1-1 record with a 5.17 ERA. He has given up nine runs in 15 2/3 innings.
In his last start, Gonzalez exited after 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing as a starter this year. He allowed a season-high seven runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked four in a loss to Detroit on Wednesday.
Things to know about this game
• Wright has made two career starts against Chicago. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA against the White Sox with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings.
• Gonzelez is 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 12 career appearances (10 starts) against Boston.
• David Ortiz is hitting .200 (3-for-15) in his career against Gonzalez, but he has three RBIs and a homer off the right-hander.

Bumgarner, Locke to square off at PNC Park

Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for the Giants as baseball's hottest team opens a four-game series at PNC Park against the Pirates on Monday night.
The Pirates are heading the other direction, as they have lost five in a row, 10 of 11 and 17 of their last 22 games. Their brutal schedule won't get any easier, as they flew home after a Sunday night game in Chicago to see the Giants' three top arms lined up: Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija.
Bumgarner has been a consistent force during San Francisco's winning streak. He's gone 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA over 10 starts dating back to April 25. On the other hand, left-hander Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh's starter on Monday, has allowed 18 earned runs over his last two starts and failed to complete five innings in either start.
"You have to look at all facets of the game when you get on a run like this," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his team's play. "Usually the pitching is keeping you in the games, and those guys are pitching so much better now than they were at the beginning of the season."
Bumgarner is 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates -- and Pittsburgh remembers his 2014 Wild Card Game shutout at PNC Park. Locke is 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against the Giants.
Three things to know about this game
• Giants' third baseman Matt Duffy has played in 188 consecutive games. That is the most in the Major Leagues after Manny Machado began serving a four-game suspension on Sunday.
• Bumgarner has impeccable control, except in the first inning this season. In 14 first innings, he's allowed nine walks. He's allowed 17 total walks in all other innings this season.
• The Pirates will likely try to run, as their 50 steals rank second in the National League.

Hellickson, Phillies host Miller, D-backs in finale

Shelby Miller rejoined the D-backs' rotation for Monday's series finale against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The 25-year-old righty has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a right index finger sprain. Prior to landing on the DL, Miller had posted a 7.09 ERA over his first 10 starts, capped by allowing six runs over five innings against the Pirates on May 24. In two rehab starts with Class A Advanced Visalia, Miller gave up one run over 12 innings and struck out 19.
"You're facing A-ball guys, so you can't really base too much off of what you do, but more so past the numbers was how I felt, and I felt good mechanically," Miller said. "Everything felt a little bit smoother and simpler."
In his return, Miller will be opposed by Jeremy Hellickson (4-5, 4.46 ERA). The Phillies' right-hander has hit a rough patch of late, allowing 14 runs over his last three starts (7.41 ERA). He's also walked three batters in each of his last three starts.
"It's a concern," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after Hellickson's last start. "He relies quite a bit on his command and control. … He's trying to be too fine, I think. I would rather see him worry about just staying down in the zone and hitting the corners."
Three things to know about this game
• Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in baseball. Over his last 30 games, Goldschmidt is hitting .373 (41-110 AB) with seven home runs.
• Another D-back owns a longest active streak title: Brad Ziegler, who recorded his 42nd straight save in Saturday's 4-1 win.
• Mackanin moved Maikel Franco down to sixth in the order for Saturday and Sunday's games. It's the lowest Franco has hit in the order this season. Over his last 19 games, Franco is 11-for-64 (.172). He's struck out at least once in all but two of the 16 games he has played in June.

Cubs go clubbing with 5 blasts, sweep Bucs

Behind Kyle Hendricks' 12-strikeout performance and five homers, the Cubs cruised to a 10-5 win over the Pirates on Sunday night at Wrigley Field, capping off a convincing sweep and further distancing themselves from the rest of the National League Central.
Hendricks fanned a career-high 12 batters without a walk over six innings. He allowed only one run, a solo homer by Josh Harrison in the fourth inning. Hendricks had plenty of margin for error, as the Cubs pounded out 10 runs on 14 hits, including back-to-back solo shots byKris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras' first Major League homer.
"[Hendricks] was really, really good," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Great location, great movement, kept repeating his delivery, nice plays defensively."
The Cubs have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Pirates, including last year's NL Wild Card Game, and outscored the Bucs by 46 runs during that stretch. Overall, Chicago is now a season-high 27 games over .500, with its 47-20 start tied for the best mark by a Cubs team since the 1907 squad went 51-16.
When the Pirates left Wrigley Field in May, right-hander Gerrit Cole said he didn't think the Cubs were the best team in baseball. Sunday, Hendricks was asked what he thought on the matter.
"At this point, I don't think much needs to be said about it," Hendricks said. "I think we are [the best team in baseball] right now. There's a lot of season left, so we hope to get better. A lot of other teams are coming for us."
Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon gave up four runs on eight hits and three homers, unable to repeat his outstanding performance on Tuesday, when he fired eight shutout innings against the Mets. The Bucs have lost five in a row for the second time this month, 10 of their last 11 games and 17 of 22, falling three games below .500 and 15 games behind the division-leading Cubs. Over their last 11 games, the Pirates have been outscored, 76-34.
"We've got to find some answers off the mound," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Collectively, they're going to roll up their sleeves and keep going to work. As far as shaking it up, we need to play a complete game. That would shake things up."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Grand entrance: Contreras homered on the first pitch of his first Major League at-bat, crushing A.J. Schugel's changeup to dead center field for a two-run shot that put the Cubs up, 6-1, in the sixth. Contreras, Chicago's top catching prospect, made his debut when he caught the ninth inning Friday and is scheduled to make his first start Monday, but he already received a curtain call from the Wrigley Field crowd that went nuts after his storybook homer.More >
"It's an amazing feeling," Contreras said. "It's incredible. I don't have the words to explain how happy I am to be here."
Welcome to The Show: Called up before the game, Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings made his Major League debut on a national stage. Stallings went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, but he made an athletic play in the third, reeling in a strong but off-line throw from Gregory Polancoand leaping to tag out Miguel Montero for the last out of the inning.
Bryzzo again: For the second consecutive night, Bryant and Rizzo both homered to help power the Cubs to victory. Sunday, their home runs came in the form of back-to-back blasts in the third inning. Bryant swung away on a 3-0 fastball and crushed a line drive into the left-field basket. Rizzo took a 1-0 fastball for an opposite field shot. Both players have 17 homers this season. More >
Star power: Seemingly the only player unaffected by the Pirates' recent rough stretch,Starling Marte returned to the lineup and didn't miss a beat. Marte hadn't started since Wednesday, when he took a one-hopper off his face while diving for a ball in left field. He went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple, his ninth three-hit game, and stole his 20th base of the year -- his fourth straight season reaching that mark. Marte is batting .481 over his last eight games and hitting .385 in June, one of three Pirates hitting over .250.
"I told the trainer: 'Whatever you did to Marte, do it to everybody,'" Hurdle said, laughing.
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"I felt calm and stuff, but if you had a heartbeat monitor on me, I was probably pretty quick there in the first. It's something I'll learn from and get better at." --Taillon on his outing
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Cubs starters have made 22 straight starts with three or fewer earned runs allowed. Their rotation is 14-4 with a 1.76 ERA over that stretch.
Hendricks became the first Cubs starter with 12 strikeouts and no walks in a game sinceMatt Garza on April 3, 2011, also against the Pirates.
This was the Cubs' 500th all-time win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field, their second-most wins (504, Cardinals) against any opponent inside the Friendly Confines.
WHAT'S NEXT
Pirates:
 Left-hander Jeff Locke will start for the Pirates as they begin a four-game series against the Giants at PNC Park on Monday night. Locke will be going up against San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner, who shut out Pittsburgh in the 2014 Wild Card Game. Bumgarner is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA over his last 10 starts since April 25. Locke has given up 18 runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts.
Cubs: Right-hander John Lackey will start to open a three-game series against the Cardinals on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Lackey, who left the Cardinals for the Cubs this offseason, is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 20 strikeouts in two starts against St. Louis this season.