The Chicago Cubs (6-4) beat the Tampa Bay Rays (5-6) 4-2 on a frigid Monday night at Wrigley Field.
Patrick Wisdom gave the Cubs an early lead when he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. The Rays got a RBI single from Ji-Man Choi in the fourth, and another from Josh Lowe in the fifth, to tie the game. Chicago was able to win the game late, thanks to a RBI single from Ian Happ in the seventh inning, before Frank Schwindel hit a solo home run in the eighth to add some insurance.
Shane McClanahan put together a solid six innings for the Rays, allowing just two runs, one of them earned, on four hits while striking out nine and walking none. Jason Adam (0-1, 2.70) took the loss after allowing an earned run while only recording one out.
Kyle Hendricks allowed two earned runs in four and a third innings, striking out six and walking two while allowing five hits. Keegan Thompson (2-0, 0.00) was brilliant out of the bullpen for the Cubs, pitching three and two-third shutout innings in which he allowed only one hit while striking out five and walking one. Former Ray David Robertson picked up his fourth save of the year by working a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rays look to even the three game series against Chicago when they play again on Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 PM - pregame coverage begins at 6:30 PM with the Inside Pitch hosted by Jay Recher on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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