Rising Reds beat Cubs 3-2 for sixth straight win

CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Lodolo allowed one run in six innings, Tyler Stephenson hit a two-run double and the upstart Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

The Reds have won 11 of 14 games and are tied with the Cubs for second place in the NL Central standings (both 31-33). Chicago, meanwhile, has lost 11 of 15 games. The Brewers lead the division.

Justin Steele, making his eighth start for the Cubs since being released from the injured list, struck out the first 10 batters he faced before issuing a walk to Elly De La Cruz in the fourth inning.

Steele (0-3) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Spencer Steer reached first base on a strikeout/wild pitch and put runners on first and third base before Stephenson extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a two-run double and gave the Reds a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning, but Cody Bellinger got to third base on the first pitch from Lodolo (6-2). Bellinger came into the game with a .333 batting average against left-handed pitchers but was 0 for 4 against Lodolo and Justin Wilson.

Blake Dunn scored his first major league hit with a double and then scored on a single by Stuart Fairchild in the fifth inning to make it 3-0.

Dansby Swanson's solo home run made the score 3-1 in the sixth inning. It was the only run Lodolo allowed. He struck out seven times and allowed four hits.

Michael Busch walked in the ninth inning and scored on Miguel Amaya's double, but Alexis Díaz struck out Patrick Wisdom to complete his 13th save.


Cubs: 2B Nico Hoerner was removed from the lineup because he was still in pain after a blow to his right hand Thursday night. X-rays were inconclusive and Hoerner will undergo further tests. .. LHP Jordan Wicks was activated from the injured list and moved to the bullpen.

Reds: LHP Brandon Williamson (left shoulder injury) was brought back from a rehab assignment due to lingering shoulder soreness. He will sit out at least seven days and then be re-evaluated.


Reds left-hander Andrew Abbott (4-5, 3.39) will face Cubs right-hander Ben Brown (1-2, 3.33) on Saturday.