The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo keep homering. And the Cubs continue to pile up victories.
Bryant and Rizzo homered and Chicago won for the 10th time in 11 games, beating the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Thursday.
Bryant sparked a two-run first with his sixth homer in 12 games. Rizzo connected for the sixth time in 11 games with a two-run drive in the fifth against Trevor Richards. And the Cubs overcame another shaky outing by Yu Darvish.
“It’s never been just one or two guys, it’s been a collective effort,” Bryant said. “All of our success — it’s never been just one standout guy so that’s kinda what makes this team what they are.”
Darvish walked six — one shy of a season high — in just four innings, giving him 11 in his past two starts. Though the four-time All-Star allowed just one run and one hit, only 50 of his 97 pitches were strikes.
“It’s frustrating for him, of course,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We just have to keep working it.”
Darvish felt he had the right mental approach. He just didn’t get the results.
“Until last outing, I was thinking too much,” he said. “But today, I was focusing more on attacking hitters. Command was off.”
Mike Montgomery (1-0) threw three-hit ball over five scoreless innings in his return from a strained lat muscle and the NL Central leading Cubs headed into a weekend series against second-place Milwaukee on a winning note.