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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 690
Chi Cubs4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 780
  W: W. Davis (3-1)   L: W. Peralta (3-3)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, August 16, 2017
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 37,021

Reds hope to mount offense against Cubs' Lackey

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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Cubs took the rubber game from the Diamondbacks on Sunday, 7-2, to win their first series in August. Chicago hit three home runs after the seventh inning for the first time since April 16, 2004.
  2. The Reds gave up three runs in the first inning in back-to-back games as they lost the finale two at the Brewers over the weekend. Cincinnati has now allowed at least three runs in the first inning 13 times this season, second in the majors behind the Mets with 15.
  3. Kris Bryant picked up three hits for the third game in a row as he finished a triple shy of the cycle in Sunday's win at Arizona. Bryant is the first Cub with at least three hits in three consecutive games since Starlin Castro from August 1-3, 2011.
  4. Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run for the second straight game in the loss on Sunday at Milwaukee. Duvall is now one of only three NL players with at least 60 homers and 180 RBI since the start of 2016, along with Nolan Arenado and Joey Votto.
  5. Jose Quintana allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings in a loss at the Giants last Tuesday. After winning his first two starts with the Cubs, Quintana is 0-2 with a 5.82 ERA in his last three outings.
  6. Asher Wojciechowski won his second start in a row after tying his career high with six strikeouts against the Padres last Wednesday. Wojciechowski now has 33 strikeouts and just six walks in 25.2 innings since June 17.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/14/2017 thru 8/17/2017

CHICAGO -- Given the deficit by which they lost to begin their visit to Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds could have allowed their four-game series with the defending World Series champions to slip away before it really got started.

A 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, however, may have changed that.

Now, the Reds look to string two victories together after dropping three consecutive games, including a 15-5 defeat to the Cubs on Monday. Game 3 of the four-game set is scheduled for Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.

"To come off a game like (Monday's) when we got beat really bad and (Tuesday) we had enough confidence to play the game, I feel like this win was big for us," said Billy Hamilton, whose ninth-inning RBI single was crucial in the Reds' victory Tuesday.

The Reds' attempt to maintain their momentum will face a challenge Wednesday from Cubs right-hander John Lackey, who has won each of his past five starts and hasn't lost since June 28.

Lackey (10-9, 4.82 ERA) is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA in two starts against the Reds this season, and he is 6-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 15 career starts against Cincinnati.

The Reds will counter will Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.31 ERA), who will face the Cubs for the first time this season. Bailey, who is 8-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cubs, has dropped four of his past six starts.

As Cincinnati continues to fight through a disappointing season, the Cubs are hoping to use a stretch against sub-.500 teams like the Reds to improve their playoff standing. Thanks to a St. Louis Cardinals loss Tuesday, the Cubs maintained their 1 1/2-game edge in the National League Central. The Milwaukee Brewers also climbed within 1 1/2 games of Chicago thanks to their win Tuesday.

Although the Cubs have struggled all season to play with any type of consistency, they are hoping that a tight race and tight games like Tuesday's might set them up for another lengthy postseason run.

"I think we've played a lot better the second half," Chicago second baseman Ben Zobrist said. "We can still play better, and we anticipate doing that. We're in a decent spot -- we're not exactly where we want to be ... but we'd like to be playing even better than we are and kind of run away with the division."

With a favorable stretch upcoming, the Cubs are in a position to make the kind of run that set them apart in the NL Central last season.

However, after leaving 10 runners on base Tuesday while going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, they know that even games against also-rans won't be easy.

"I'm hoping it's a dogfight and that we stay on top -- finish on top, that's it," Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward said after the Tuesday loss. "We're playing good baseball, we're battling on a daily basis, we're grinding, we're making adjustments and having fun competing, and that's all we can do."

Updated August 16, 2017

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