MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Schwindel hit a three run homer and a pair of Chicago Cubs pitchers combined on a two-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.
Justin Steele (3-2) won for the first time since joining the Cubs’ rotation on Aug. 10. The rookie left-hander gave up one hit, walked three and struck out three over five innings, lowering his ERA to 3.48.
“Of all the starts I’ve had in the big leagues, tonight was the best night as far as commanding both my two-seam and my four-seam (fastball),” Steele said. “Having both of them just makes everything else better.”
Adbert Alzolay, just back from the injured list, worked the final four innings to earn his first career save. He allowed one hit and struck out five.
“He was in control the whole time. Really under no stress,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “No walks, attacked hitters, pounded the strike zone. … They put the ball on the ground or punched out.”
lineup due to right neck stiff- ness. … Alzolay and RHP Dillon Maples were activated from the 10-day injured list. Maples had been out since July 29 with a blister on his right middle finger. Alzolay
went on the injured list Aug. 14 with a left hamstring strain.
Wrigley Field as the Cubs begin a four-game series with the Pirates. Thompson entered the rotation on Aug. 21 but has pitched just six innings over two starts.
Schwindel’s drive in the third was all the Cubs mustered against U.S. Olympic pitcher Joe Ryan (0-1), making his major league debut for the Twins.