Chicago Cubs

Cubs surrender a late lead but rally to top the Indians 6-5 on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch


Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish didn’t enhance his chances of winning the National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, and Jeremy Jeffress allowed his first home run of the season at the most inopportune time.


But the top of the Cubs’ order generated some long-awaited production, which culminated when pinch-hitter Cameron Maybin was hit by a pitch from Nick Wittgren with one out in the ninth inning to give them a 6-5 win over the Indians.


Jeffress, who entered the game with an 0.98 ERA in 17 appearances, walked Josh Naylor to start the ninth and Francisco Lindor followed later with a two-run, game-tying home run to left field.


The move paid off as former Cubs infielder Mike Freeman grounded into a fielder’s choice and Jose Ramirez flied to center.


The throw from catcher Sandy Leon skipped into center field, and Baez never stopped as he scored what looked like an insurance run until Lindor’s homer.


Baez, batting sixth for the first time this season, smacked a 450-foot home run to center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the second.






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