08/18 22:03 CDT Quintana, Rizzo lead Cubs past Pirates 7-1 at LLWS
Quintana, Rizzo lead Cubs past Pirates 7-1 at LLWS
By ANDY ELDER
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) --- Jos Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Anthony
Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1
on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic.
Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its
second straight win since consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Phillies and
The Cubs took two of three in the unusual weekend set and remain in a virtual
tie with St. Louis for the top spot in the NL Central. It was the first road
series win for Chicago since May 17-19 against Washington.
Starling Mart had three hits for Pittsburgh, including his 21st homer in the
ninth against Craig Kimbrel.
With grinning Little Leaguers dressed in their uniforms filling the stands BB&T
Ballpark, Quintana (11-7) allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked none.
The left-hander improved to 7-0 in nine starts since his last loss June 22.
Castellanos went deep in the first inning against Mitch Keller (1-2), and
Heyward added another solo shot in the third. It was Castellanos' sixth homer
since coming over in a July 31 trade with Detroit.
The Cubs added two more in the fourth on Kyle Schwarber's two-run single, and
then put it away with three in the fifth.
Kris Bryant chased Keller with a run-scoring double, and Rizzo made it 7-0 when
he greeted Chris Stratton with a drive off the scoreboard in left-center for
his 23rd homer.
Last-place Pittsburgh dropped to 7-27 since the All-Star break. Keller was
charged with six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Kimbrel, who was activated from the 10-injured list before the game, got the
first two outs in the ninth in his first game since Aug. 3. He gave up Mart's
homer and hit Cole Tucker before striking out two.
Chicago manager Joe Maddon grew up in Hazelton, about 70 miles east of
"Getting off the plane and seeing how excited the kids were was really
special," he said. "Even the team from Valenzuela, they didn't speak a whole
lot of English, none really, but they wanted to engage."
Cubs: Kimbrel was sidelined with right knee inflammation.
Pirates: Catcher Francisco Cervelli continues his rehab assignment with
Triple-A Indianapolis. He was placed on the injured list on May 26 with a
Cubs: Following an off day, LHP Cole Hamels (6-4, 3.69 ERA) starts Tuesday
against San Francisco after allowing a season-high eight runs Aug. 14 at
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (5-5, 5.25 ERA) looks for a win in a second
straight start, against Washington on Monday.
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