Cubs blank KC to hand Royals fourth straight loss

Former Royal Alec Mills pitched seven shutout innings as the Chicago Cubs handed KC its fourth straight defeat, 2-0. Kansas City stands at 3-8 on the young season.

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August 4, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez tags out Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi at second base during the fourth inning Monday at Wrigley Park in Chicago. Photo by USA / TNS

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive win.

Javier Báez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since 2016. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment.

Mills (2-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three on a wet, windy night at Wrigley Field. Mills got a chance to start when José Quintana had surgery on his left thumb last month, but the right-hander is making a strong bid to keep his spot in the rotation.

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