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>>Cubs Outlast Reds

 

Kris Bryant singled home the tiebreaking run in the 15th inning and the Chicago Cubs used three pitchers in left field while beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Tuesday night in the longest game of the season for both teams.

 

With the Cubs out of position players, relievers Travis Wood and Spencer Patton (1-0) alternated between left field and the mound in the 14th inning, which ended with Patton getting the final out. Wood then finished it off with reliever Pedro Strop in left.

 

Bryant's only hit on Tuesday - a single off J.J. Hoover (1-2) - snapped the tie. Javier Baez added a grand slam in the 15th, the sixth career allowed by Hoover, which is a Reds record.

Eugenio Suarez singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth off Hector Rondon, his third blown save in 16 chances, setting the game on its meandering course.

 

Ben Zobrist led off the game with a homer off left-hander John Lamb. Left-hander Jon Lester singled home another run and allowed only one hit until the eighth inning, when Billy Hamilton homered.

 

The National League's top team went 1-6 last week but has pulled out of the downturn by winning the first two games of a series against the Reds. The Cubs hit five homers - three by Kris Bryant - while taking the opener 11-8.

 

Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 2.76) is 1-5 with a 3.79 ERA in seven road starts this season. Cody Reed (0-1, 6.75) makes his third career start for the Reds.

 

>>Carpenter, Cardinals Double-Up Royals

 

Just about everybody in the Cardinals lineup contributed to the offense, while Michael Wacha (4-7) allowed four runs over six bumpy innings - he served up nine hits and three walks as the Cardinals picked up an 8-4 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday night and evened their four-game, two-city series.

 

Matt Carpenter started the fifth with a homer to center and Matt Adams added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 5-2.

 

Seung Hwan Oh loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Alex Gordon to pop out and inducing Eric Hosmer into a routine fielder's choice.

 

Yordano Ventura (6-5) allowed seven runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batter in 5 1/3 innings for Kansas City.

 

Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia drove in runs for St. Louis.

 

Carlos Martinez takes the mound for the Cardinals while Kansas City counters with Edinson Volquez on the mound at Busch Stadium. Martinez is 3-0 in his last five starts.

 

>>Gibson, Dozier Lead Twins Past White Sox

 

Brian Dozier homered twice and drove in four runs, Kyle Gibson pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for his first victory of the season, and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Tuesday night.

Dozier homered in his third straight game and extended his hitting streak to 10 games as the last-place Twins beat the White Sox for first time in seven tries. Gibson (1-5) struck out seven and walked one in his best performance since coming off the disabled list this month.

 

Ryan Pressly and Brandon Kintzler each got three outs to finish the six-hitter for Minnesota's first shutout of the season.

 

James Shields (2-9, 6.22 ERA) makes his fifth start for Chicago and faces Minnesota's RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 4.95 ERA) on Wednesday night.

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