Cubs hold off sliding Cincinnati Reds for 7-5 win

The Chicago Cubs' offense got to work early and often, staking Kyle Hendricks to a comfortable lead.

Rizzo and Schwarber each drove in two runs as Chicago improved to 22-5 in its last 27 games against Cincinnati. He permitted just one baserunner and no hits over his final three innings.

"It's awkward, yeah", Maddon said.

"Much closer [to 2016 finishing form]", said Hendricks, who has a 1.82 ERA in his last five starts. He lowered his 2017 ERA to 3.35 on Wednesday. "I just want to be very careful with him, quite frankly.". "He knew that was right tonight, and that's a great game to build off of". Cincinnati (19-20) took its season-high fifth loss in a row.

Pitching coach Chris Bosio, who returned from a brief personal leave, helped with a mid-start cue from the bench, said Hendricks, who started pitching harder inside as the game went on and retired nine of 10 in his final three innings. "These past two games are the first time since I've been playing with the Reds that the wind was blowing out", Cozart said. He walked three and struck out four while throwing 88 pitches.

Zack Cozart had three hits and two RBI for Cincinnati, but Adam Duvall committed a big error in left field and the Reds missed a couple more plays on defense that led to productive innings for the Cubs.

Cincinnati pulled within two on Eugenio Suarez's two-run double in the seventh, but Chicago's bullpen shut the door from there. "It was a good effort at the end, but we made some mistakes on the front end of that game that cost us early".

Schwarber was hitless in 17 at-bats before he belted a drive in the second inning that landed near the back of the bleachers in right. Lester has a 1.44 ERA in four home starts this year, compared to a 5.73 ERA on the road.

But Chicago was hardly through.

Cincinnati got one run back in the third on Cozart's leadoff homer to left, his fourth of the season. Jay followed with a single up the middle, scoring Montero to make it 7-2. Carl Edwards Jr. worked a ideal eighth and Wade Davis got three outs for his ninth save.

Chicago shortstop Addison Russell was off target on a throw to an outstretched first baseman Rizzo to get Votto on a game-ending groundout. Rizzo had to stretch as far as he could go to bring in Russell's throw, and Votto was ruled safe by first base umpire Ed Hickox.

"We have to have - without question - a shot of that play that's worthy of overturning that call", Price said. Amir Garrett gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season.

The Cubs recalled right-hander Pierce Johnson from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Jeimer Candelario to their top farm club. Manager Joe Maddon said he might need a rehab assignment before returning to the roster.

  • Anthony Vega