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Cubs have scored one run in five straight games

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The Cubs have lost three games in a row, and some ground to the Cardinals in the standings in the process, but what they’ve done over the past five games is a heck of a thing: they’ve scored exactly one run in each game.

What’s more, they’ve scored one run in the exact same way in each game: via a solo homer. The rundown:

Thursday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Ian Happ solo shot
Friday: Cubs 1, Pirates 0 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Saturday: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 — Ben Zobrist solo shot
Sunday: Pirates 2-, Cubs 1 — Kyle Schwarber solo shot
Tuesday: Tigers 2, Cubs 1 — Anthony Rizzo solo shot

It’s a tribute to Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and the Cubs’ pen that they won two of those contests, but boy howdy, is scoring one run a game not a great way to go through life, son. Nor is going 0-for-22 with runners in scoring position, which is what Chicago has done over its last five games.

Daniel Murphy will join the club today. He’s been hot lately. They could use him.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.