Jose Quintana leads Cubs to shutout win over Marlins

Jose Quintana won his second consecutive start on Tuesday after tossing seven scoreless innings with six hits and seven strikeouts in the Chicago Cubs 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins. 

It was the first time that Quintana threw seven shutout innings in back-to-back starts since 2014. 

He is one of only four left handed pitchers in MLB to reach 22 wins since the 2017 All-Star break, around the time the Cubs traded for him. 

Quintana lowered his ERA to 3.43 after his 14 inning scoring streak followed his first start where he allowed eight runs in three innings in Milwaukee on April 5. 

“I feel great, using all my stuff and trusting it,” said Quintana. “I don’t try to pay attention to the last start. Just be focused on one pitch at at time, one out at a time.”

Second baseman Daniel Descalso got the scoring started with an RBI single in the third inning. Third baseman drove in another run in the fourth inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. 

Marlins starter Pablo Lopez took the loss (1-3) after giving up two earned runs and five hits in five innings with six strikeouts. Despite the loss this was a good start for Lopez, who has struck out 5+ batters in four straight starts for the first time in his young career. 

The Cubs added to their lead with a solo home run by shortstop Javier Baez in the eighth inning and Ben Zobrist drove in the fourth run in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter. 

This was Baez’s third straight three-hit game, which is something he’s never done before in his career. 

Cole Hamels will take the ball on Wednesday with a chance to seal the sweep. The Marlins will counter with Sandy Alcantara. 

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