Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez hits a grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Chicago, Thursday, May 18, 2017. "I will never be deceived by that thought". But now that he's surpassed the 20 home run mark on the season, maybe his production will help the team get back into first place.
Jon Lester (2-2) followed up solid starts from John Lackey and Kyle Hendricks by allowing three runs and six hits in six-plus innings. He left with a 9-1 lead after giving up singles to Jose Peraza, Tucker Barnhart and Arismendy Alcantara in the seventh.
The Cubs (21-19) have won three straight while the Reds (19-21) have now lost six in a row. He allowed six runs on five hits, walked four and struck out five in a four-inning outing, his first for the Reds since May 6.
Feldman then walked Kris Bryant to load the bases again, and Rizzo, the ninth batter of the inning, bounced a base hit to shallow right to bring in Jay and Schwarber for a 5-1 lead.
A Duvall sacrifice fly scored Hamilton, but Uehara struck out Eugenio Suarez and pinch hitter Stuart Turner to end the game and collect his first save.
PITTSBURGH - Gerrit Cole shut down the best offense in the majors, holding Washington to three hits in seven innings to win for the first time in a month.
RHP Barrett Astin was optioned to Louisville.
Jon Lester (1-2, 3.45 ERA), dominant at home his last 14 coming in, took the ball for the Cubs opposite starter Amir Garrett (3-2, 4.25).
"That was not a way to end the ballgame unless they can show us something definitively", Price said. It's the first big league promotion for Johnson, who was 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and four saves in 12 games with Iowa. They'll have RHP Eddie Butler (1-0, 0.00) making his Wrigley Field debut on Friday against Brewers RHP Paolo Espino, making his major-league debut.