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Rizzo Homers Twice, Darvish Keeps Winning As Cubs Beat Reds

Rizzo Homers Twice, Darvish Keeps Winning As Cubs Beat Reds

Yu Darvish scattered seven hits over six innings, Anthony Rizzo homered twice and the Chicago Cubs snapped a threegame skid with a 30 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

CINCINNATI: Nick Castellanos raced home on Craig Kimbrel’s third wild pitch of the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds avoided a doubleheader sweep by topping the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Saturday night.

Cincinnati took advantage of another rough performance by Kimbrel (0-1), who got off to a tough start this year before stringing together five consecutive scoreless appearances. The right-hander threw half of his 22 pitches for strikes in his shaky outing against the Reds.

Curt Casali reached on a leadoff walk before Freddy Galvis pinch-ran for the catcher. After Mark Payton struck out swinging, Castellanos walked and Aristides Aquino hit a tying RBI single.

Another wild pitch and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Mike Moustakas, who struck out swinging. But Kimbrel threw a wild pitch while facing rookie Jos Garca, bringing home the winning run.

Joel Kuhnel (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win.

first published:August 30, 2020, 04:47 IST