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Ian Happ Homers, Kyle Hendricks Shines As Cubs Beat Reds, End 12-Game Losing Streak At Last

CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Hendricks became the first 14-game winner in the majors, Ian Happ homered and the Chicago Cubs snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Hendricks (14-5) gave up three hits in six innings — the only big one a two-out homer by Nick Castellanos in the sixth — as Chicago won for the first time since Aug. 4 in Colorado. The Cubs are 3-15 since selling off their biggest stars at the trade deadline last month.

Frank Schwindel had a run-scoring double for the Cubs in the third, his sixth straight game with an extra-base hit. Happ homered to right field leading off the sixth, one of his three hits.

Cubs reliever Rowan Wick loaded the bases in the seventh but struck out Jonathan India before Adam Morgan came in from the bullpen and got Joey Votto to ground out.

Codi Heuer retired Cincinnati in order in the eighth and ninth for his second major league save and first this season.

Reds rookie Vladimir Gutiérrez (8-4) gave up nine hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings. He won his previous four starts.


Cubs: Manager David Ross said INF Nico Hoerner (strained oblique) hit in the cage and might take batting practice Friday in Chicago. ... RHP Adbert Alzolay (hamstring) was on the field pregame jogging and doing agility drills.

Reds: RHP R.J. Alaniz (calf strain) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and sent to Triple-A Louisville. ... RHP Tejay Antone (forearm strain) is continuing his rehab stint and expected to rejoin the team next Tuesday.


The Cubs plan to call up Adrian Sampson from Triple-A Iowa to start against Tyler Mahle (10-3, 3.58 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Sampson last pitched in the majors in 2019 for the Texas Rangers. Mahle scattered three hits over seven shutout innings in a 6-1 win over the Phillies last Friday.

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