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Cubs Waste Big Lead, Hang On To Beat Orioles 9-8

17 July 2017, 07:22 | Charlene Valdez

Cubs Waste Big Lead, Hang On To Beat Orioles 9-8

Cubs Waste Big Lead, Hang On To Beat Orioles 9-8

The Chicago Cubs will look to complete the sweep of the O's after a 10-3 victory over Baltimore in game two on Saturday.

This will be the fourth-ever series between these teams, and just the Cubs' second trip to Baltimore.

"It could really be a big boon to us, there's no question", Chicago Manager Joe Maddon said.

"We've never been able to get on a roll, and with that comes that edgy kind of feeling", Maddon said on MLB.com "We've underachieved offensively, and our starting pitching hasn't been as good as we thought".

"We've thought of some, [what] a lot of people would consider some unorthodox stuff, as everybody else in baseball has", Showalter said. "It's hard to create edginess under those circumstances". "To plug him in there with the rest of our guys could be exactly what we're looking for in the second half". He gave up three straight doubles to start the second inning and then a pair of RBI singles to fall behind 4-0.

Closer Wade Davis has been flawless so far, converting all 16 save opportunities.

The Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles meet in the finale of their three game interleague set on Sunday.

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Gray has a 4-4 record with 4.00 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 74 strikeouts, and only 25 walks this season and was an All-Star in 2015.

Jose Quintana continued to cruise through the game allowing 3 hits and no runs over seven innings while striking out 12 with no walks.

Jimenez is 3-2 despite a 6.59 ERA in five starts since rejoining the rotation last month.

Arrieta allowed three baserunners in the first on a single to second baseman Jonathan Schoop and two walks, and was helped out when third baseman Manny Machado was thrown out trying to steal third. In his last start of the first half, Miley allowed one run off eight hits against the Twins.

Chicago took advantage of another wild start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5) and opened a 4-0 lead in the second. In his career, Jimenez is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 26 strikeouts against the Cubs.

He played in a few rehab games with Baltimore's minor league teams this week and fared well.

"I just got to get back in the bullpen and just continue to work", Miley said.

Both teams also have gotten some pleasant surprises through the problems, though, as Chicago's Ian Happ came through with 13 homers and 31 RBIs as a rookie.

One night after the Orioles compiled eight runs on 10 hits, they managed only four hits against Arrieta.

Justin Turner homered and singled to increase his batting average to.374, and visiting Los Angeles won for the 29th time in 33 games. Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager also hit home runs for the Mariners, who extended their winning streak to four.

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