Quintana dazzling in his Cubs debut

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

Acquired during the All-Star break from the Chicago White Sox for a playoff push, Quintana (1-0) allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to fan 12 in their debut.

The Dodgers (64-29), who have the best record in the majors, have won 29 of their past 33 games, including nine in a row.

The Orioles, who ended the first half on a two-game winning streak, will try to continue their winning ways as they welcome the Cubs to Baltimore.

Jeremy Hellickson struck out six and Nick Williams hit his first career grand slam as Philadelphia avoided getting swept.

A two-run homer by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth. Trumbo went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Avila drew a leadoff walk in the frame against Jeff Beliveau (1-1).

"We knew coming in that we had our work cut out for us", Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. Their 11 runs on Sunday were their most since scoring 15 against the Cardinals on June 17.

The Cubs scored 4 runs on hits from Happ, Heyward, and Zobrist.

Magneuris Sierra was 4-for-4 with an RBI for St. Louis.

Rizzo hit his 22nd home run in the ninth off Darren O'Day.

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"Cubs continuing to show interest in Sonny Gray, even after Jose Quintana trade". The first was leaving Matt Gausman in the game too long.

Arizona has lost 10 of its last 13 games.

But they have opened the second half of the season with a three-game sweep of the Orioles, scoring 27 runs and hitting 10 home runs in the series.

Welington Castillo's ninth home run was a solo shot in the third for Baltimore, which left 10 runners on base.

But Quintana's dominant debut with the Cubs on Sunday against the Orioles finally gave them a tangible reason to think their rotation might have enough in the second half to have a chance to chase down the first-place Brewers in the National League Central.

It was the first time the Yankees have been shut out this year. Chicago has won five straight against Baltimore dating to 2014. He did what no-one has been able to do when Aaron Judge hits a home run. Baltimore is 28-7 in Jimenez's last 35 home starts and 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games while the over is 8-0 in their last 8 interleague home games.

A YANKEES, RED SOX split: C.C. Sabathia (8-3) allowed two hits over six innings, and visiting NY won 3-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Five Los Angeles pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts with no walks.

Hector Sanchez and Cory Spangenberg hit three-run homers and right-handed starter Trevor Cahill allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings as San Diego beat San Francisco. The win was just the third in nine games for the Angels.

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