Jose Quintana Strikes Out 12 In Cubs Debut

Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Baltimore

Banged-Up Orioles Are Under .500, But Insist All Is Not Lost

The Cubs are not done improving their ballclub for the second half of season even after the acquisition of 2016 All-Star Jose Quintana from the cross-town Chicago White Sox.

He certainly impressed his new teammates in his debut.

"I felt a little nervous in the first inning", he admitted. "I just want to see him settle in and see him pitch the game he's capable of pitching".

The Cubs mashed their way to a series sweep this weekend, putting up a combined 27 runs over the three game set.

"Everybody else saw it; all the other starters saw it, " Maddon said. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered for the Cubs.

The Cubs showed plenty of punch and power Friday, hitting five homers in a 9-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Gausman has been inconsistent in a season where Baltimore needed him to step up. Quintana is 1-4 with a 4.29 ERA in six starts against the Orioles. Despite sitting 7.5 games back from first place in the American League East Division, the Orioles are just four games for the final AL wild card spot.

Britton did not pitch Saturday, and manager Buck Showalter said he's moving closer to make the left-hander his closer.

If there is any reason the Mets do not trade Jacob deGrom it is because they simply can not rely on any of their other starters to be consistent. Can Quintana be the piece that puts them over the hump? "Good starting pitching. We were not up to the challenge".

Quintana retired nine straight batters until Adam Jones led off the fourth with a double. This was the 10th time in his career, and third this season, he fanned at least 10.

He got more than that in the second alone, when the Cubs started the inning with four hits and batted around for four runs against Ubaldo Jimenez. He gave up seven hits and eight runs.

"Under the circumstances of how that game was played tonight, it was really good to finish it off", Maddon said.

Contreras provided a 3-0 lead with a homer into the Cubs' bullpen. Davis went 1-for-8 with one walk and three strikeouts in his brief rehab stint. He did what no-one has been able to do when Aaron Judge hits a home run. ROCKIES 13, METS 4 Ian Desmond provided an instant spark for the slumping Rockies in his return from the disabled list, and Nolan Arenado hit one of visiting Colorado's three home runs.

A BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer as Atlanta completed a sweep of visiting Arizona. Bryant also drew a walk in the contest and scored a pair of runs.

Nationals 14, Reds 4 • Daniel Murphy hit two of Washington's five home runs and had five RBIs to lead the host Nationals. Price (5-2) pitched 8 innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 8.

Only 2 Cubs were walked and 11 of them were struck out.

Quintana is the second pitcher since 1990 to strike out 10 or more batters in consecutive starts for two different teams, while in the same season.

Orioles: LHP Wade Miley (4-7, 4.97 ERA) is looking to build off his previous start when he gave up one run and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins.

A ROYALS 4, RANGERS 3: Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain's routine fly in the sun on a tiebreaking RBI single that helped host Kansas City snap a five-game losing streak.

Angles 4, Rays 3 • Pinch hitter C.J. Cron connected for a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth and host Los Angeles escaped a jam in the ninth.

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