Cubs Game Notes For Friday @ Colorado

Dennis Wierzbicki- USA Today Sports

Rays 8, Twins 6 - At St. Petersburg, Fla.: Slumping Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep. After Bryant was beaned, the Cubs collected four consecutive singles.

Baez's 1out hustle turned a single into a double in the top of 5 to start the Cubs 2 run inning to take a 5-3 lead.

Cardinals 9, Reds 2 - At St. Louis: Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong homered, Mike Mikolas tossed seven strong innings and St. Louis completed a second sweep of woeful Cincinnati. In a two-run third, singles by DJ LeMahieu and Blackmon, were followed up by a two-run triple off the bat of Story that right fielder Jason Heyward lost in the sun.

Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra dropped his appeal and began serving a four-game suspension from his part in a bench-clearing brawl against San Diego on April 11. Sports Chicago will broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Bryant, 26, is hitting.319 with two home runs and 11 RBIs through 19 games this season.

Anderson settled down after that and worked out of trouble in the third. Javier Baez scores. Albert Almora scores.

David Bote pinch-ran for Bryant and scored the first of three runs.

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After a clean fourth inning, the Cubs once again piled pressure on Gray in the fifth. Making two unbelievable catches in the first two innings, Almora showed no fear in center field. A solo home run by Baez in the second, followed by a two-run Chicago third doomed Marquez.

Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Jose Quintana (2-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Cubs, who had a season high in runs and hits (18), broke a tie with a pair of unearned runs in the fifth, moving in front 5-3. From there, Bryant ripped a double and Rizzo once again reached base on a fielder's choice which set slugger Kyle Schwarber up with two runners on and two outs. The Rockies are 4-0 when he starts and he's pitching deep into games, something the Rockies need as their young starters continue to struggle.

The Cubs added a few meaningless runs in the eighth and ninth innings before sealing the deal in the ninth to earn the victory in commanding fashion.

The Cubs quickly retaliated by scoring three runs.

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