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Cubs Topple Blue Jays

Franmil Reyes homered, Nico Hoerner drove in a pair of runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.


Ian Happ and Zach McKinstry each had two hits as the Cubs snapped a five-game losing streak north of the border. Chicago went 15-15 in August, its first non-losing month since going 19-8 in May 2021.


Cavan Biggio hit a two-run home run and Alejandro Kirk added a three-run blast for the Blue Jays, who are in position for the third AL wild-card spot but went 13-14 in August, their first losing month of the season.


Toronto has a two-game lead in the playoff race over division rival Baltimore. The Blue Jays have 33 games remaining, 10 against the Orioles.


Cubs right-hander Luke Farrell made his second start and third appearance of the season, giving up two runs and two hits in two-plus innings. Farrell retired the first six batters in order but Teoscar Hernandez singled to begin the third and Biggio followed with a drive into the second deck, his fourth.


Farrell is the son of former Blue Jays and Red Sox manager John Farrell. His older brother, Shane, is Toronto's amateur scouting director.


Manuel Rodriguez (1-0) replaced Farrell and retired all six batters he faced.


Mark Leiter Jr. pitched one inning, Erich Uelmen got two outs, Michael Rucker got three and Brandon Hughes worked 1 1/3 innings before Rowan Wick, the seventh Chicago pitcher, worked the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances.


Happ opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first and Cubs catcher Yan Gomes made it 2-0 in the second, scoring from third when Alfonso Rivas attempted a two-out steal of second. Rivas was thrown out.


Hoerner hit a two-run double in the third and scored on Rafael Ortega's bloop single to left.


Willson Contreras (left ankle) was held out of the starting lineup. Contreras left Tuesday's game in the sixth inning.


Adrian Sampson (1-4, 3.97 ERA) will be activated off the restricted list to start at St. Louis Friday. 

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