“It was a well-pitched game on both sides,” Lester said. “Cole probably didn’t pitch the way he wanted to the last time he faced us and came back with a little bit of vengance there. He really threw the ball well today.
“It sucks sometimes. The old cliche of, ‘tip your hat to the other guy,’ but when you don’t allow any, it gives you a chance to win that ballgame. He did that today and sometimes you have to tip your hat on the other side. The other guy threw the ball better than I did today.”
Kang later added a solo homer in the ninth inning off Cubs closer Hector Rondon.
The Cubs mounted a rally in the ninth when Fowler walked and Jason Heyward singled to lead off the inning. After Kris Bryant popped out to shallow center, Anthony Rizzo drove home Fowler with a sacrifice fly to right field.
But Zobrist grounded into the shift in shallow right field to end the threat and the game.
The Cubs are off Monday before hitting the road for 10 days beginning Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
NEW YORK — After playing record-breaking defense for a dozen games, the White Sox defense made its first error of the month on Sunday.
Ironically, it came back to hurt them.
Second baseman Brett Lawrie’s throw on a sixth-inning Jacoby Ellsbury grounder pulled Jose Abreu off the base and snapped a 12-game stretch — the longest in club history, according to Elias Sports — in which the White Sox defense didn’t commit an error.
Two batters later, Carlos Beltran gave the New York Yankees a one-run lead in a game they ultimately won, 7-5. Beltran’s two-run homer, the 400th of his career, off reliever Zach Duke put New York up 5-4 on the White Sox.
If he continues to put together weeks similar to the last, Triple-A shortstop Tim Anderson should reach the majors this season.
As it is, general manager Rick Hahn said in spring training he wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson, the team’s top prospect according to Baseball America, contributed to the big league club this season. However, Hahn also stressed patience with Anderson, 22, who is in his third full professional season, given how inexperienced he was when they drafted him out of community college in 2013.