Cubs sweep Angels to open season 2-0 for the first time since 1995


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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels will be glad to see Chicago move on after the Cubs completed the 2-game series sweep in convincing fashion on Tuesday night.

A day after Jake Arrieta shut out the Angels, Jon Lester threw 7 innings of one run, 4 hit ball to led the Cubs (2-0) to a 6-1 win over the Angels (0-2). The Cubs opened a season 2-0 for the first time since 1995.

Offensively the Cubs were powered by three homers - Matt Szczur's 2 run homer in the second inning which Anthony Rizzo followed with his own two-run blast later in the inning to put the Cubs up 4-0. Dexter Fowler also had a two-run homerun in the seventh inning to cap the scoring for the Cubs.

The Angels broke a 14-inning scoreless streak against the Cubs in the sixth inning when Lester allowed a double and a single to plate the Angels only run of the night.

The Cubs have won 11-straight regular season road games dating to September 15 of last season.

Chicago will enjoy a day off before starting a four-game set against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9	R	H	E

CHC 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 9 1

LAA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0

Chicago Cubs

BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG

Fowler CF 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 .625

Heyward RF 4 1 0 1 0 1 1 .111

Bryant 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Rizzo 1B 4 1 1 2 0 1 0 .286

Zobrist 2B 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .444

Soler DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .125

Russell SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000

Szczur LF 4 2 2 1 0 1 0 .600

Ross C 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .500

Totals 36 6 9 6 0 9 6 -

BATTING

2B: Ross (1, Heaney)

HR: Fowler (1, 7th inning off Morin, 1 on, 1 out); Rizzo (1, 3rd inning off Heaney, 1 on, 2 out); Szczur (1, 3rd inning off Heaney, 0 on, 0 out)

TB: Fowler 5; Szczur 5; Rizzo 4; Ross 3; Zobrist 2

RBI: Fowler 2 (2); Rizzo 2 (3); Heyward (1); Szczur (4)

Team LOB: 3

Los Angeles Angels

BATTERS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG

Escobar 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .125

Gentry LF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .250

Nava PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333

Soto PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000

Choi LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Trout CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000

Pujols DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000

Cron 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .143

Calhoun RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167

Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Pérez C 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 .200

Giavotella 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167

Totals 32 1 4 1 0 6 5 -

BATTING

2B: Escobar (1, Lester)

TB: Escobar 2; Gentry; Giavotella; Pérez

RBI: Gentry (1)

Team LOB: 4

Chicago Cubs

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Lester W (1-0) 7.0 4 1 1 0 4 0 1.29

Cahill 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Wood 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Strop 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Totals 9.0 4 1 1 0 6 0 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: Lester 93-63; Cahill 12-7; Wood 2-2; Strop 12-8

Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Lester 11-4; Cahill 2-0; Wood 0-1; Strop 2-0

Batters Faced: Lester 25; Cahill 3; Wood 1; Strop 3

Inherited Runners-Scored: Wood 1-0

Los Angeles Angels

PITCHERS IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA

Heaney L (0-1) 6.0 7 4 4 0 7 2 6.00

Morin 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 1 13.50

Álvarez 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

Smith 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Street 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Totals 9.0 9 6 6 0 9 3 -

PITCHING

Pitches-Strikes: Heaney 87-59; Morin 9-6; Álvarez 14-11; Smith 7-6; Street 6-4

Ground Balls-Fly Balls: Heaney 8-7; Morin 0-0; Álvarez 0-1; Smith 1-1; Street 1-2

Batters Faced: Heaney 25; Morin 3; Álvarez 3; Smith 2; Street 3

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