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>>Reds Continue To Cool Off Cubs, Win 4-2 Thursday

 

Eugenio Suarez singled home the go-ahead run during a fifth-inning downpour and added another RBI single Thursday night as Cincinnati pulled away to a 4-2 victory that slowed the Chicago Cubs' momentum.

 

Chicago came into the series on the best surge in the majors, having won or split 10 straight series.

Jose Quintana (4-3) gave up Jose Peraza's solo homer with one out, his first since April 26. After a pair of singles, Quintana threw back-to-back wild pitches off the sloppy mound that let in a run.

 

Suarez's two-out single made it 3-2 . He added another RBI single in the seventh, and the bullpen held the Cubs to a pair of hits the rest of the way.

 

Luis Castillo (5-1) gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, all in the first inning. The Cubs got a break when Wilson Contreras' grounder down the line hit the front edge of third base and caromed away from Suarez for a two-run double.

 

Castillo retired his next 14 batters after the bad-hop hit.

 

Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.

 

Kris Bryant walked in his first plate appearance, extending his career-best streak to 25 games reaching base safely. It's the longest streak by a Cub since Ben Zobrist also reached in 25 straight games in 2017.

 

Javier Baez doubled and singled, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. It's the longest by a Cub since Anthony Rizzo's identical streak in 2017.

 

Cole Hamels (3-0) opens a series in Washington, facing Max Scherzer (2-4). Hamels allowed one run in seven innings during his last start against Milwaukee.

 

>>Braves Pound Cardinals Again

 

Austin Riley went 3 for 4 and drove in a run, Julio Teheran pitched five-plus scoreless innings, and the Atlanta Braves won for the fifth time in six games with a 10-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Riley, who homered in his second major league at-bat Wednesday, doubled off the top of the wall in the second inning and singled in a run in the third. He scored twice.

 

Teheran (3-4) allowed two hits - a bloop single by Yadier Molina to begin the fifth and a single by Paul Goldschmidt to begin the sixth - and drove in two runs with a sacrifice bunt in the second and a single in the third. Teheran, who has a 0.53 ERA over his last three starts, walked four and struck out four.

 

Nick Markakis had an RBI double in the three-run third as Atlanta took a 5-0 lead.

 

The Braves led 2-0 in the second. Markakis walked, advanced to third on Riley's double and crossed the plate on Brian McCann's sacrifice fly. Riley scored from third on Teheran's bunt.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (3-4) gave up five runs, five hits and five walks with two strikeouts in four innings.

 

Marcel Ozuna's 13th homer cut the lead to 5-1 in the sixth off Jacob Webb. Matt Carpenter homered off Touki Toussaint to make it 9-2 in the eighth.

 

Atlanta went up 8-1 in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Freddie Freeman, Josh Donaldson and Markakis. Ronald Acuna Jr.'s RBI single in the seventh made it 9-1, and Freeman hit his eighth homer in the eighth.

 

Miles Mikolas (4-3, 3.83 ERA) will make his 10th start when St. Louis begins a three-game series at Texas. In four career starts in the Rangers' ballpark, the former Texas hurler is 0-4 with a 13.73 ERA.

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