Jon Lester returned to form, allowing one run in seven innings, and the Cubs' offense came alive in an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.
Coming off three straight losses at St. Louis in which they scored six total runs, the Cubs broke loose with a five-run sixth inning. Javier Baez began the onslaught with a run-scoring double, one of his three RBIs, as Chicago picked up its second win in its past eight games.
The Cubs did their damage in the sixth against Trevor Cahill and two other relievers. After Baez doubled to drive in Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward had a two-run double, Addison Russell had a sacrifice fly and Kyle Schwarber singled to drive in a run. It was Chicago's biggest inning since May 17, when it scored five times in the eighth during a 14-6 win over Washington.
Baez and Willson Contreras homered off Luis Garcia in the seventh.
The game was a makeup of a contest scheduled for April 14 that was postponed because of inclement weather. Monday was an open date for both clubs.
Kyle Hendricks (5-4, 3.09) will take a personal four-game win streak into the series opener against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
>>Sox Select Cal 1B Third Overall in MLB Draft
After losing 115 games in 2018, the Baltimore Orioles held the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. It is the second time the O's held the No. 1 pick and took Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman.
Rutschman is the first catcher selected first overall since Joe Mauer in 2001.
High school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of longtime big league pitcher Bobby Sr., went to the Royals with the No. 2 pick. The White Sox used the No. 3 pick on Cal masher Andrew Vaughn.
Rutschman, Witt, and Vaughn is the strongest top three we've seen in the last several drafts.
Vaughn is an outstanding pure hitter with an excellent approach and big power potential. While he is solid enough defensively at first base, Vaughn is close to a bat-only player.
The New York Mets took Texas prep third baseman Brett Baty. Baty has perhaps the most projectable left-handed power of the entire draft class. He's also a well-rounded hitter thanks to excellent bat speed and plate discipline. While the arm is definitely strong enough for the hot corner, his range and instincts in the field are both question marks.
With the 19th pick, the St. Louis Cardinals selected left-handed pitcher Zack Thompson from Kentucky. Injuries have held Thompson back in recent years. He had shoulder trouble in high school and failed a pre-signing physical with the Rays when they made him their 11th round pick in 2016. Thompson also missed two months with an elbow issue last spring. When healthy though, the 6-foot-3 southpaw has a good four-pitch mix (low-90s fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) and strike-throwing ability. With no injury concerns, Thompson would've been drafted much higher.
And with the 27th pick, the Chicago Cubs took Fresno State right-hander Ryan Jensen. Thanks to his premium arm strength, Jensen routinely touches 98-99 mph and has one of the best fastballs in the draft. His slider is inconsistent but promising, and his changeup is a work in progress. Given his size (6-foot-0) and lack of refined secondary pitches, there is some thought Jensen could wind up in the bullpen. If he does, he'll move quickly through the minors.
In the second round, the Sox selected right-handed pitcher Matthew Thompson from the Texas prep ranks. The Cardinals selected prep right-hander Trejyn Fletcher from Maine with the 58th pick and the Cubs selected UCLA second basemen Chas Strumpf with the 64th pick.