07/27 00:51 CDT Bez hits bases-loaded single in 9th as Cubs top Reds 6-5
Bez hits bases-loaded single in 9th as Cubs top Reds 6-5
CHICAGO (AP) --- Pinch-hitter Javier Bez hit a bases-loaded single in the
bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 win over the
Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Anthony Rizzo homered in his second straight game for the Cubs, who opened what
could be the final homestand for some of their stars. Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Craig
Kimbrel and/or Bez could be on the move by Friday's trade deadline.
Joey Votto homered for the third time in three games and drove in three runs
for Cincinnati, which dropped its second straight and lost for the seventh time
in 10 games. Kyle Farmer added a homer as the Reds' winning streak against
Chicago ended at four.
Patrick Wilson walked after a nine-pitch at-bat to start the bottom of the
ninth, pinch-hitter Ian Happ drew a pass an out later and Nico Hoerner loaded
the bases when he was hit by a pitch by Heath Hembree (2-5).
"Incredibly fun to watch," Hoerner said. "(Bez) is a special player."
Amir Garrett came on and allowed the game-winning hit.
"That was the last piece we had left and it lined up pretty nicely," Cubs
manager David Ross said after calling on Bez despite a minor injury. "Really
nice job by the group to continue to fight back."
Bez and Garrett appeared to be jawing at each other immediately after the
final hit and Bez made several strides toward first before tossing his bat
aside. He did not speak to reporters after the game, and Reds manager David
Bell did not seem overly concerned.
"Just two highly, highly competitive guys," he said. "There's a lot of emotions
in this game. It's just two guys who want to do well so much."
Kimbrel (2-3) struck out three straight to end the top of the inning after
putting two men on.
"It's disappointing we lost a close game," Votto said after the Reds ended the
game 1 for 13 with men in scoring position. "It felt like our game to win."
The Reds led 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth before Willson Contreras hit a
booming home run to center off reliever Josh Osich.
Rizzo drove the first pitch he saw from starter Wade Miley into the
right-center bleachers to score Bryant in the first inning. Votto answered in
the top of the second with a first-pitch shot to nearly the same spot. He tied
the game an inning later with a sacrifice fly.
Farmer homered in the fourth and Votto gave the Reds their first lead an inning
later when he drew a bases-loaded walk from starter Kyle Hendricks.
Hendricks, who'd gone at least six innings in 13 straight starts, lasted only 4
1/3 and surrendered the first five runs and nine hits while walking two and
striking out four.
Miley lasted just as long, giving up seven hits, three earned runs and five
The Cubs announced the trade of left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin to Oakland
shortly after the game. The Athletics sent a pair of minor leaguers -- OF Greg
Deichmann and RHP Daniel Palencia -- to Chicago for Chafin (0-2, 2.06), who's
been an effective setup man in 43 appearances.
Chicago's Jake Marisnick led off the bottom of the second with a liner that
rolled all the way to the left-field corner and kept motoring around third when
Cincinnati's Jesse Winkler still hadn't come up with the ball. Home fans
groaned, however, when Marisnick was forced to settle for a ground-rule double
that got sufficiently lodged in the mid-summer bushes.
Miley retired the next three Cubs to strand him at second.
Reds: OF Nick Castellanos (right wrist) could begin throwing and other baseball
activities as early as Tuesday, manager David Bell said. The first-time
All-Star was placed on the injured list Thursday after an x-ray showed a
microfracture. ... INF Alex Blandino (right hand) is scheduled to begin a rehab
assignment Wednesday night with Triple-A Louisville. ... The club recalled LHP
Amir Garrett from the paternity list and optioned INF Alejo Lpez to Louisville
before the game.
Cubs: Bez started the night on the bench after waking up with a sore left
heel. He appeared to suffer some sort of injury after trying to beat out a
ground ball late in Sunday's win over Arizona.
Cincinnati sends Vladimir Gutirrez (4-3, 4.97) against fellow righthander
Adbert Alzolay (4-10, 4.58) on Tuesday night.
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