Bullpen strong again as Reds hand Cubs 9th straight loss

Amir Garrett escaped a jam in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds handed the Chicago Cubs their ninth straight loss with a 3-2 victory

CINCINNATI – Amir Garrett escaped a jam in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds handed the Chicago Cubs their ninth straight loss with a 3-2 victory on Sunday.

Chicago scored a total of five points in the weekend series. He went 1-9 on a 10-game trip.

The Cubs put the runners in first and second with a ninth strikeout, but Garrett allowed Willson Contreras to rebound in a 5-4-3 double play for his sixth save.

Tucker Barnhart had two hits and produced one run, helping Cincinnati to their fourth straight victory.

The beleaguered Reds bullpen held the Cubs scoreless for the third straight day. After Wade Miley allowed 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings, Art Warren (2-0), Brad Brach and Garrett concluded the game.

Chicago got 2 for 9 with runners in the scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks pitched six one-run innings. He allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none.

Chicago jumped in front with a run in each of the first two innings. Javier Báez chose Kris Bryant in the first. Then Jake Marisnick smashed a triple with a strikeout from Tyler Naquin in the middle in the second and scored on the singles with two Hendricks strikeouts in the middle.

Cincinnati got a comeback on Barnhart’s RBI brace in the second, then went ahead to stay with two runs in the seventh.

The Reds charged the goals against Dan Winkler (1-1), who hit Jonathan India with a putout to cross the tying point. Another run scored on Jesse Winker’s infield before Andrew Chafin hit Nick Castellanos to end the set.

TRAINERS ‘ROOM

Bears: 2B Nico Hoerner (left hamstring sprain) has been activated from the injured list. He went 0 for 4 in his first league game since May 25. INF Sergio Alcántara has been sent to make room on the list.

Reds: Injured relievers Tejay Antone (inflammation of the right forearm) and Lucas Sims (sprained right elbow) are expected to start throwing again soon and could be back by the end of July, manager David Bell said. Antone has been on the injured list since June 9 and Sims since June 24.

FOLLOWING

Cubs: Right-hander Zach Davies (5-5) is scheduled to start Monday in the opener of a four-game series against Philadelphia. Southpaw Matt Moore (0-1) takes the mound for the Phillies.

Reds: Right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (3-3) starts Monday in Kansas City. Southpaw Mike Minor (6-6) recovers the ball for the Royals, who lead the all-time series with the Reds 17-12.

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