Lester, Heyward lead Cubs past Indians 7-1
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lester, Heyward lead Cubs past Indians 7-1
(CLEVELAND) – Jon Lester looked comfortable on a mound and Jason Heyward hit a three run homer as Chicago returned from a four-day layoff and rolled to a 7-1 win over the Cleveland Indians, who welcomed back manager Terry Francona. Lester (2-0) allowed three hits in six innings as the Cubs, whose weekend series at St. Louis was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak on the Cardinals, moved to 11-3 for the first time since 2016. Heyward, who drove in Chicago's first run in the second, connected for his second homer to put the Cubs ahead 6-0 in the sixth. For the first time this year the Indians gave up more than four runs, ending the second-longest run (18 games) to open a season. Cleveland played for the first time since it was revealed that pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac violated team rules by leaving the team's Chicago hotel over the weekend. Both are being quarantined, although the Indians don't think they were near anyone with COVID-19 when they ventured out. Clevinger had been scheduled to face the Cubs, but his risky behavior landed him on the restricted list and in the doghouse. Adam Plutko (1-1) started for Clevinger and made it clear after the game that his teammates have some making up to do to win back trust. Francona returned after missing eight games to rest and treat a gastrointestinal ailment that has bothered him for nearly a year. He underwent another procedure last week at the Cleveland Clinic and said he's going to do try and finish the season.

Toronto 5 – Miami 4
Cincinnati 6 – Kansas City 5 (10 innings)
NY Yankees 9 – Atlanta 6
Baltimore 10 – Philadelphia 9
San Francisco 7 – Houston 6 (10 innings)

Washington 2 – NY Mets 1
Milwaukee 6 – Minnesota 4
San Diego 6 – LA Dodgers 2
Pittsburgh v St. Louis – postponed