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Bullpen strong again as Reds hand Cubs 9th straight loss

Amir Garrett put himself in a jam one out in the ninth inning and Cincinnati clinging to a 3-2 lead against the Chicago Cubs.


Garrett walked Ian Happ on four pitches and surrendered a pinch-hit single to Eric Sogard.


Willson Contreras then bounced to third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who started a game-ending double play that closed out the Cubs' ninth straight loss.


Cincinnati earned its fourth straight win and pulled within seven games of NL Central-leading Milwaukee. The Cubs scored a total of five runs in the weekend series, dropping all three games by one run. They closed out a 1-9 trip, losing every game after throwing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.


The Reds' beleaguered bullpen held the Cubs scoreless for the third straight day. After Wade Miley gave up 10 hits through 6 2/3 innings, Art Warren (2-0), Brad Brach and Garrett closed it out.


Chicago went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.


Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks pitched six innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits, struck out five, and walked none.


Chicago jumped in front with one run in each of the first two innings. Javier Baez singled in Kris Bryant in the first. Then Jake Marisnick smashed a one-out triple over the head of Tyler Naquin in the center in the second and scored on Hendricks' two-out single up the middle.


Cincinnati got one back on Tucker Barnhart's RBI double in the second, and then went ahead to stay with two runs in the seventh.


The Reds loaded the bases against Dan Winkler (1-1), who hit Jonathan India with one out to push across the tying run. Another run scored on Jesse Winker's infield out before Andrew Chafin struck out Nick Castellanos to end the inning.

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