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Davies allowed one hit over six scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 7-0 win. Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom each add home runs.
SAN DIEGO – One night after the Padres vaunted offense put up nine runs, Cubs starter Zach Davies quieted the bats in San Diego and the Cubs offense had a big night of their own.
Davies set the table for the offense in the 7-1 win on Tuesday, getting into an early rhythm and going into cruise control. He didn’t allow hit until Fernando Tatis Jr.’ broken-bat single in the fourth inning.
The Cubs’ right-hander has found the feel for his changeup over his last few starts and after teams attacked the pitch early in season, he’s using it as well as he has with the Cubs. Davies got 10 swings-and-misses with nine coming on changeups.
Tatis’ single was the only base hit Davies would allow in the game over six scoreless innings. He struck out four batters and walked two. Davies has a 2.16 ERA over his last eight starts.
The offense came up big for Davies and made sure the right-hander had plenty of run support. Catcher Willson Contreras got the Cubs an early lead with a solo homer, crushing a hanging slider from Dinelson Lamet into the second deck to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. They would break the game open in a four-run sixth inning.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo added some insurance with a two-run double, scoring Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant to make it a 3-0 game.
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom did what he does best and continued his impressive stretch by launching a two-run blast to make it a 5-0 game. It was Wisdom’s eighth homer in 10 starts this season and his seventh in his last nine games.
Rizzo closed the book on a big night for the Cubs’ offense with an opposite-field two-run blast in the seventh inning to make it a 7-0 game.