CHICAGO -- In a game dominated by pitching, Kris Bryant stole the show by slugging a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field. It was Bryant's 20th homer of the season and his second walk-off homer. Here's a look at the game.
Monday's game (a makeup of a rainout on June 15) was billed as a battle of aces and didn't disappoint. The Cubs' Jon Lester turned in one of his best efforts of the season, allowing one run on six hits in 8 2/3 innings. Cleveland's Corey Kluber, who has received little run support this season, once again deserved a better fate after allowing one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Kluber retired the first 16 batters he faced -- with a little help from the replay system. In the third inning, David Ross hit a towering drive down the left-field line that was called a home run. After Ross rounded the bases and returned to the dugout, Cleveland manager Terry Francona asked for an umpiring crew review of the home run.
One angle clearly showed the ball passing to the left of the foul pole, so the call was overturned and Ross had to go back to the plate. Ross struck out that at-bat but got his revenge with one out in the sixth when he stroked a soft liner into left field for a single, breaking up Kluber's perfect game.
Lester, meanwhile, allowed three hits, a walk and hit a batter through seven innings but faced just one batter over the minimum because of four Chicago double plays.
The Cubs finally broke through against Kluber in the seventh. Chris Coghlan stroked a one-out double down the left-field line. Anthony Rizzo then followed with a soft fly off the end of his bat toward the right-field corner. Indians right fielder Jerry Sands was playing well off the line. He chased after the ball, but his dive came up empty and Rizzo raced around to third with an RBI triple as Coghlan scored.
Santana's single was the only solid hit against Lester in the ninth. Ryan Raburn was hit by a pitch leading off the ninth and Almonte came in to run for him. One out later, Francisco Lindor hit a little dribbler between home plate and the mound. Lester never broke for the ball. By the time Ross came out to field the ball, he had no play.
Lester, who has had trouble throwing to first base on pickoff attempts this season, looked as if he wanted nothing to do with Lindor's ball.
What it means: With two homestands wrapped around a “road trip” to U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side, the Cubs were in Chicago for 19 straight days. They took advantage of the home cooking to go 14-3 during that stretch. That certainly provides a lot of momentum as they head back out on the road.
Lester bounced back nicely from his worst start of the season -- seven runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings last Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers -- with his longest outing of the season.
What's next: The Cubs head to the West Coast and begin a six-game road trip with a crucial three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Jake Arrieta (15-6, 2.30 ERA) takes the mound looking to become the first 16-game winner in the major leagues. Righty Matt Cain (2-3, 5.66) goes for the Giants.