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Cubs beat Indians 6-5
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

(CHICAGO) – Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Indians 6-5 Tuesday night. Cleveland's Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but the Indians couldn't take advantage. Left-hander Oliver Perez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball, then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup. Wittgren said he tried to induce a groundball for a potential double play. Javier Baez homered for the Cubs, who increased their lead to five games in the NL Central. Lindor's home run took away a victory for Cubs starter Yu Darvish, who allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one as he bounced back from a loss to the Reds in his last outing. Rookie Tyler Naquin was 4 for 4 for the Indians, who lost their season-high seventh straight game.

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