Q&K: Quintana fans 12 in dazzling debut win

BALTIMORE — Jose Quintana made a great first impression on the Cubs, who did their best to welcome him. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each belted two-run homers and rookie Ian Happ smacked a two-run double to back Quintana in his debut, an 8-0 Interleague victory on Sunday over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Acquired from the White Sox on Thursday for four Minor Leaguers, including the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, Eloy Jimenez, Quintana didn’t disappoint. The lefty retired the first nine batters he faced and scattered three hits over seven innings while striking out 12, one shy of his career high.

How rare was it for Quintana to get some runs? He got four or more runs when he was in the game in six of his 18 starts with the White Sox this season. Since 2012, he leads the Major Leagues with 65 no-decisions.

Bryant's two-run home run Bryant’s two-run home run

CHC@BAL: Bryant clubs a two-run homer to left-center

Kris Bryant cranks a two-run home run to left-center field, extending the Cubs’ lead to 6-0 in the top of the 4th inning

The Cubs, trying to catch the Brewers in the National League Central, had scored 19 runs in the first two games of this series and jumped on Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez in a four-run second. Jimenez was pulled after serving up 11 hits over 3 2/3 innings. It was a rough series for the Orioles’ starters, who gave up 21 runs over 11 1/3 innings.

Rizzo’s blast, his 22nd of the season, came with a man on in the ninth. With the win, the Cubs swept the series and won three in a row on the road for the first time this season.

Rizzo's two-run blast Rizzo’s two-run blast

CHC@BAL: Rizzo slugs a two-run homer to right-center

Anthony Rizzo crushes a two-run home run to right-center field, extending the Cubs’ lead in the top of the 9th inning

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Sunday.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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