Cubs even the series behind Bryant’s Blast

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He’s back.

In a game where offense was lacked for the first 53 outs of the game, Kris Bryant brought the Cubs three runs, and a win with one violent swing of the bat Tuesday night.

With two outs and two strikes on him in the bottom of the ninth inning, Bryant launched a 99 mph heater into the left field seats and flashed a boyish but relieved smile as he rounded the bases and approached his teammates at home plate.

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The Cubs beat the Marlins 5-2 and grabbed their eighth win in nine games and reclaimed the division lead following the Cardinals getting drubbed by the Phillies 11-1.

But what this win meant for Bryant is so much more than just one extra W in the standings. This represents a turning point for superstar, where he is not only just hitting the ball extremely hard, but also getting the results.

While Bryant was dripping with both ice-cold Gatorade and water, he told NBC’s Kelly Crull, “They punched me so many times…it feels so good.”

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Bryant has now homered in three straight contests, all blasts to center or left field and all coming in the 8th inning or later.

Bryant delivered an exclamation point by virtue of a grand slam to put the finishing touches on a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday.

“I really wanted that at-bat,” he said after Sunday’s game to NBC Sports Chicago. “Sometimes, some people don’t want that last at-bat when you’re not going great, but I feel great. I really wanted it, I’m seeing the ball good and got it in the air. ”

Monday’s contest featured a laser off of the former MVP’s bat, ending up on Waveland Avenue and putting the Cubs one run closer in their eventual loss.

The latest display of slugger’s power was a three-run, walk-off bomb that sent the 35,000 plus Wrigley fans home happy.

Bryant is hitting .384 with three dingers, five runs scored and eight RBIs in the Cubs last three games.

With a triple and a home run on Tuesday, Bryant’s slugging percentage is up to .508 and the Cubs’ star is slugging over .800 in May.

As Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon has said, Bryant is seeing the ball much better as well, walking six times already in the month of May.

And Bryant has made it clear to reporters that he has felt locked in (his hard hit rate is as high as it has been since 2016) and all he really wants is results – and he got those results on Tuesday.

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“It felt really good to see results after all the hard work that I put in,” Bryant said.

KB didn’t provide the only offense, Albert Almora Jr. homered and Javier Baez drove Bryant in with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

Jon Lester went six innings and struck out six, and gave up two runs despite letting up eight hits. Brandon Kintzler, Brad Brach and Steve Cishek all worked scoreless innings and struck out a pair in relief – a day after the bull pen blew the game – and gave the team a chance in the bottom of the ninth.

Kris Bryant took advantage of that chance.

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