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The finale of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds was postponed Thursday because of rain.

 

No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season. The Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30.

 

Rain moved in several hours before the scheduled start and was expected to last well into the evening.

The rainout slowed Chicago's fast start to the season, with four wins in the first six games. Chicago took two of three in Cincinnati, the first time it has opened with back-to-back series wins since 2017.

 

Chicago's offense is on a tear, scoring eight, eight and seven runs in the three games in Cincinnati. The Cubs have homered in each of their first six games - they hadn't done that since 2009.

 

Right-hander Colin Rea was recalled from Chicago's alternate training site and right-hander Dillon Maples was optioned. Rea, 30, was last in the majors with the Marlins in 2016. Maples struggled in two relief appearances.

 

Bryant was in the scheduled starting lineup for the second straight game after missing one with a sore left elbow.

 

Chicago opens a series against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

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