CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched 6 2/3 gutsy innings, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 to take a weekend series between the top teams in the NL Central. Lester gave Chicago exactly what it needed a day after it used seven relievers during a 2-1 victory in 15 innings. Taking the mound on a rainy, cold night at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander allowed an unearned run and nine hits while throwing a season-high 116 pitches.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out of the starting lineup for their series finale against Milwaukee because of back tightness. Rizzo’s back tightened up on him during Saturday’s 15-inning victory over the Brewers. The slugger has a history of back issues.
TORONTO (AP) — Lucas Giolito allowed one run in seven innings to win his second straight start, Tim Anderson and Yonder Alonso homered off Aaron Sanchez and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1. Giolito gave up four hits, matched his season high with eight strikeouts and improved to 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his past four games. Toronto lost for the 10th time in 12 games and dropped to a season-worst eight games below .500.