Cody Bellinger hit an RBI single to break a scoreless tie and ignite a four-run outburst in the eighth inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Seiya Suzuki led off the inning with a walk. Patrick Wisdom followed with a double, sending Suzuki to third. Bellinger then lined his first hit of the game past a diving Ryan Noda into right field, scoring Suzuki and putting the Cubs in front.
Yan Gomes followed with an RBI groundout and Nick Madrigal added an RBI single to give Chicago a three-run lead. Madrigal scored on a fielding error by right fielder Conner Capel and the Cubs clinched their fourth straight series win.
Marcus Stroman continued his strong start to the season, pitching six scoreless innings and striking out five to lower his ERA to 0.75. Mark Leiter Jr. (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh for his first win of the season.
Oakland starter Ken Waldichuk pitched five scoreless innings, striking out five. Reliever Trevor May (2-3) managed to get just one out and was charged with three runs and the loss.
The A's finished with just two hits.
The A’s will promote top pitching prospect Mason Miller from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday’s series finale. The 24-year-old right-hander was dominant in his lone Triple-A outing last Friday, pitching five scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts and averaging 100 mph with his fastball.
Cubs LHP Justin Steele (2-0, 1.42 ERA) starts Wednesday afternoon.