CINCINNATI — After wasting 72/3 innings of three-hit ball from Jon Lester, the Cubs rallied for a 7-2 victory over the Reds in 15 innings. Kris Bryant hit a tie-breaking single, and Javier Baez followed with a grand slam. Relievers Travis Wood, Spencer Patton and Pedro Strop each took turns playing left field in the final three innings.

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At the plate

Ben Zobrist led off the game with a home run of left-hander John Lamb. But the Cubs were held hitless for eight innings by the Reds’ bullpen.

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On the mound

Lester retired 14 consecutive batters until Billy Hamilton hit a home run in the eighth. Eugenio Suarez hit a game-tying single off Hector Rondon in the ninth. Justin Grimm and Carl Edwards Jr. combined to retire six consecutive batters.

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In the field

First baseman Anthony Rizzo caught a foul pop by Zack Cozart before falling over the tarp with the tying run at second to end the eighth. Zobrist leaped to catch a line drive by Joey Votto and start a double play in the 14th.

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Key number

3 — Hits by Lester this season

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The quote

“(Bryant) was in a good position growing up, and he’s in a good position being here. But it’s about him.” — Cubs manager Joe Maddon

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