CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched a seven-hitter for his second career shutout, providing the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen a needed breather in a 5-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.
After a wild, 12-inning win a night earlier in which manager Joe Maddon used 22 players, Hendricks (10-7) threw 123 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.22, third-best in the majors. He allowed three walks and struck out five.
Anthony Rizzo finished a home run shy of the cycle and reached base five times and Addison Russell had a two-run single in the first off wild Marlins starter Adam Conley (7-6). The lefty walked six, one intentionally, and hit a batter while needing 97 pitches to get through four innings.
The Cubs stranded nine runners in that span until Hendricks drove in Willson Contreras with a grounder through a drawn-in infield off Dustin McGowan in the fifth.
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