MLB Predictions: Cubs a safe bet on runline to beat Reds? 4/22/17

Bryant's sacrifice fly off Robert Stephenson (0-1) sent the Cubs to their third straight win.

In a contract year, Arrieta has come out of the gate strong, throwing two quality starts and posting a solid 2.89 ERA in his first three starts. He's the first Rangers' starter to pitch into the eighth this season.

According to Elias, Cubs have won three straight games after trailing by three or more runs for the first time since 1929.

The Reds fell to the Orioles yesterday in extra innings.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Eugenio Suarez, who had a 2 hit evening that included a double, run scored, and a walk; Tucker Barnhart, who went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored (and also walked); Drew Storen, who fired a scoreless inning in relief; Zack Cozart, who doubled in a run and scored; and Adam Duvall, who homered and stole a bag.

Jon Lester was tagged for five runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

Lester has had a pretty strong start to the season, giving up just two earned runs and scattering 14 hits over 18 innings of work, but he's yet to be credited with a win, and he'll try to break that streak on Friday night when he faces the Reds.

The Reds called up OF Phillip Ervin to take the spot of LHP Tony Cingrani, who went on the DL after Thursday's game with a sore oblique. It was Rizzo's second game-tying homer in the ninth inning or later and first since 2012.

On the other hand, it must be noted that the Cincinnati Reds hemorrhaged attendance quicker than any other franchise last season. Maddon didn't use Ben Zobrist because he had a stiff back. One of the most memorable games of the entire 2016 campaign, he will look to replicate that success in Saturday's matinee.

Arrieta is 5-2 with a 3.47 ERA in seven career starts against Cincinnati.

"The thing that shouldn't be overlooked is that we're getting good pitching, and we're going to need that compete in our division", Price said. The right-hander is coming off six days' rest. Reed is 0-2 in two career starts against the Cubs, allowing 15 runs in eight innings.

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