QUINTANA DAZZLES IN CUBS DEBUT, STRIKES OUT 12 TO BEAT ORIOLES
BALTIMORE» Jose Quintana dazzled in his debut for the Cubs, striking out a seasonhigh 12 in seven sharp innings to beat the Orioles 8-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Acquired by the World Series champions during the all-star break from the Chicago White Sox for a playoff push, Quintana gave the Cubs exactly the kind of boost they hoped to get. The lefty ace allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to fan 12 in their debut.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered to help the Cubs move over .500 for the first time since June 29. The Cub hit 10 home runs during the sweep at Camden Yards.
Chicago took advantage of another wild start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5) and opened a 4-0 lead in the second. Willson Contreras added a career-high four hits.
Justin Turner homered and singled to increase his batting average to .374, and the Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games by beating the Marlins 3-2. … Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Brandon Phillips doubled three times, leading the Braves over the reeling Diamondbacks 7-1 for a threegame sweep. … Rookie Nick Williams hit his first career grand slam before the Phillies’ bullpen escaped two late-game jams for a 5-2 win over the Brewers .… Adam Frazier’s game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Pirates over the Cardinals 4-3. … Daniel Murphy hit two of Washington’s five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the Nationals to a 14-4 win over the Reds. … Nelson Cruz homered on a 3-0 pitch to lead off the 10th inning and the Mariners beat the White Sox 7-6 for a three-game sweep. … Miguel Cabrera walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving the Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays. With the score 5-all, Alex Avila was walked by Jeff Beliveau (1-1) leading off the 11th and advanced on Jose Iglesias’ sacrifice. … Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain’s routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the Royals over the Rangers 4-3. … Mike Fiers struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBIs to help the Astros beat the Twins 5-3. The AL West leaders took two of three from the Twins coming out of the all-star break. … CC Sabathia allowed two hits over six innings, Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-0 in the opener of a daynight doubleheader. … Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. went over the bullpen wall to steal one from Aaron Judge, helping David Price shut down the Yankees 3-0 and giving the Red Sox a split of their day-night doubleheader. … Hector Sanchez and Corey Spangenberg each hit a three-run home run off Jeff Samardzija and the Padres won 7-1 to take two of three from the Giants. … 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 the Athletics beat the Indians 7-3 to complete a surprising sweep of the AL Central leaders. … Pinch-hitter C.J. Cron connected for a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Angels escaped a jam in the ninth to hold off the Rays 4-3.
— The Associated Press