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Quintana dominates, Cubs coast in G2 shutout

Veteran lefty allows one hit, K's 7 in 7 brilliant innings
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CINCINNATI -- Jose Quintana pitched seven dominant innings and got plenty of offensive help as the Cubs cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Reds in Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The teams split the twin bill, as Cincinnati won Game 1, 5-4, in 11 innings.

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CINCINNATI -- Jose Quintana pitched seven dominant innings and got plenty of offensive help as the Cubs cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Reds in Game 2 of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The teams split the twin bill, as Cincinnati won Game 1, 5-4, in 11 innings.

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Quintana threw 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball until Reds center fielder Scott Schebler knocked a single to right field following a free pass to Adam Duvall. In the next at-bat, catcher Tony Cruz grounded into a double play to end the inning. Only twice did Quintana let a baserunner reach second, once in the fifth and again in the seventh.

The Schebler single was the only hit Quintana allowed in his seven frames. He walked four and struck out seven.

"I feel really good. My stuff was really good," said Quintana. "I changed speeds a couple times pretty well, too. I'm really happy with this outing. My focus was to throw the first pitch for a strike."

Including Saturday's effort, Quintana has given up just seven earned runs on 22 hits in his last five outings, with 29 strikeouts.

"It started with [Quintana]. He's definitely on a mission. He's done it for us before. We had limited bullpen availability, and he went out and pitched great," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "Pounded the strike zone, made really good pitches when he needed to, and you can see the life on his pitches."

Chicago's offense found a groove its second time through the batting order against Reds starter Sal Romano. Ian Happ hit the first pitch of the fourth inning for a line-drive homer to right. Per Statcast™, Happ's shot had a launch angle of 22 degrees and an exit velocity of 109.3 mph.

Video: CHC@CIN: Happ lines a solo home run to right field

"Having a lot of good at-bats over the last few days, and getting a chance to get on base, which is nice," said Happ of his performance this weekend -- during which he's 5-for-9, with two doubles, a triple, two homers and six walks in three games vs. the Reds. "That's the name of the game. I was really patient the last couple days."

"Ian finding the barrel again is very exciting for us," Maddon said. "He's been walking more, and all of a sudden, the ball has been going farther. Give him a lot of credit."

All nine batters took a turn at the plate in the fifth, with Romano walking two of the first three batters. First baseman Anthony Rizzo made him pay with a one-out double that scored two runs. Two more walks by Romano -- one of them intentional -- loaded the bases for Jason Heyward, who was back in the lineup for the first time since his concussion. Heyward, activated from the 7-day disabled list Friday, cleared the bases with a triple to shallow right after the ball deflected off the glove of sprinting second baseman Scooter Gennett.

Video: CHC@CIN: Heyward loops a triple that clears the bases

Heyward added a sacrifice fly in the seventh, giving him four RBIs on a 2-for-4 night at the plate.

Video: CHC@CIN: Heyward's sac fly adds another run

SOUND SMART
Happ's fourth-inning solo shot to deep right off Romano was the 14,000th home run in Cubs history. It was his second homer of the day, as he also hit a solo shot in Game 1.

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Yu Darvish will make his eighth start of the season on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. CT in the series finale against the Reds. After returning from the 10-day disabled list on May 15, Darvish went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five against the Braves. Righty Tyler Mahle gets the nod for the Reds.

William Rettig is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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