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.
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.
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.
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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“(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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