Cubs stop 5-game slide with 14-2 win over Marlins
CHICAGO— The Chicago Cubs broke out of their offensive slump in a big way.
Two powerful swings by Ian Happ played a key role.
Happ homered from both sides of the plate, and Chicago stopped a five-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins 14-2 on Monday night.
The Cubs collected 15 hits after scoring three or fewer runs in 10 of the previous 11 games. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez also connected, and Happ finished with five RBIs.
“It was nice to see Happy get going again,” manager Joe Maddon said. “KB had a nice day (and) Javy continues to drive in runs.”
Kyle Hendricks (3-2) also provided a lift by pitching eight innings of two-run ball. The Cubs dropped their previous two on game-ending hits in St. Louis, taxing their bullpen.
The only downer for Chicago was an early exit for Baez, who departed in the sixth with right groin tightness. Maddon said Baez was lifted because of the lopsided score and he doesn’t believe the injury is a concern.
Miami starter Jarlin Garcia (1-1), who entered with a major league-best 1.09 ERA, was rocked for seven runs and six hits in four innings. The 25-year-old left-hander allowed just two earned runs in 23 innings in his previous four starts.
“I had issues leaving the ball up in the zone when I wanted to go inside,” Garcia said. “I left it up, and not only up, I left it in the middle of the plate.”
Before Monday, the Cubs’ last 13 homers had been solo drives. Bryant stopped that streak with a two-run shot in the first.
Baez then made it 5-0 with a three-run drive to center in the third — one pitch after losing his balance on a hard swing and miss.
Happ added a two-run shot in the fourth. Batting from the left side in the seventh, he belted a three-run drive to left against Tyler Cloyd.
Bryant finished with three hits and scored three times, and Addison Russell had two hits and two RBIs.
“I think sometimes you just have those nights,” Happ said. “No BP today. Everybody got their work done in the cage and just went and played. That’s how we grew up playing. It’s pretty natural.”
Cameron Maybin had two hits and drove in a run for Miami, which had won six of eight.