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>>Cubs Stay Hot, Beat Reds

 

Kyle Hendricks had a career-high three hits, including a two-run double , and worked into the ninth inning Tuesday night, leading the surging Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Hendricks' RBI double put the Cubs in line for yet another win over Cincinnati. The liner over Nick Senzel's head in center field - only Hendricks' second hit of the season - made it 2-0 in the second inning. He added two more singles and lined out.

 

Hendricks left after walking Senzel to open the ninth on his 97th pitch. Steve Cishek got the last two outs for his third save in four chances.

 

Willson Contreras had a sacrifice fly for Chicago's other run. Kris Bryant had three hits and extended his career-best streak to 23 consecutive games reaching base safely. Javier Baez singled twice and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Cub this season.

 

Yu Darvish (2-3) walked six batters in four innings of a 4-1 win over Miami in his last start. He's 2-0 in three career starts against the Reds with a 1.93 ERA.

 

Sonny Gray (0-4) makes his ninth try to get his first win with the Reds, who got him in a trade with the Yankees. The Reds are 2-6 in his starts.

 

>>Cardinals Pound Braves

 

St. Louis hit four home runs, including three-run shots by Marcell Ozuna , Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong, and the Cardinals beat struggling right-hander Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves 14-3 on Tuesday.

Jack Flaherty (4-3) did not allow a hit through four innings. St. Louis led 11-0 before Flaherty gave up three runs and three hits in the fifth.

 

Foltynewicz (0-3) gave up eight runs, matching his career high, while lasting only 4 2/3 innings.

Ozuna's homer gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the first. Dexter Fowler led off the fourth with a homer to right, and Molina's shot knocked Foltynewicz out of the game and was the big hit in a six-run fifth.

 

Wong added to the lead with his three-run homer off Jonny Venters in the ninth.

 

Flaherty allowed three runs on three hits in six innings despite matching his career high with five walks. He had six strikeouts.

 

Michael Wacha (3-0, 5.35) is 0-2 in five career games, including three starts, against the Braves entering Wednesday night's game. He allowed two runs in a no-decision in his only previous start at SunTrust Park in May 7, 2017.

 

Mike Soroka (3-1, 1.21) has allowed only four earned runs in five starts this season entering his first career start against St. Louis.

 

>>Indians Shut Out White Sox

 

Jordan Luplow hit two of Cleveland's five homers, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday.

Roberto Perez, Jake Bauers and Jose Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Manny Banuelos and Josh Osich to end Chicago's three-game winning streak.

 

The 25-year-old Luplow has hit all four of his homers this season against Chicago and three off Banuelos. His previous two drives against the White Sox left-hander came in a rain-shortened 5-0 win in Cleveland last Thursday. Luplow hit six home runs in brief looks the past two years with Pittsburgh.

 

Cleveland entered hitting just .219, tied with Toronto for worst in the American League. The Indians also came in with only 36 home runs in 40 games, second lowest in the league and fourth lowest in the majors.

 

Carrasco (4-3) scattered six singles and struck out six, while walking none, in his second straight solid start. Oliver Perez, Dan Otero and A.J. Cole combined to complete the seven-hitter.

 

Banuelos (2-3) was roughed up for the third straight outing. The left-hander yielded five runs on four hits and three walks before leaving the game with none out in the fifth with a left shoulder strain.

 

Both teams are off on Wednesday. White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (0-2). 5.91 takes the mound in Chicago on Thursday night against Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (1-6, 3.12).

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