The Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds and picked up the series win on Wednesday afternoon. Cubs starter Yu Darvish finally got the win in the 5-2 victory.
Darvish worked an efficient first, with strikeouts from Nick Senzel and Joey Votto. Eugenio Suárez grounded out back to the mound for the third out.
After a leadoff strikeout from Albert Almora Jr and a fly out to right from Javier Báez, Kris Bryant hit a solo home run off of Red starter Sonny Gray to put the Cubs ahead 1-0.
Addison Russell followed with a solo shot of his own in the second inning, and the Cubs now lead by 2-0.
Kyle Schwarber entered the game in the sixth inning to pinch hit in Darvish's spot. He led off with a line out to left field, followed by a strikeout from Almora and a ground out on a bunt from Báez.
The Cubs sent Kyle Ryan to the mound in relief of Darvish in the seventh. Darvish went six innings with two hits, no runs, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Ryan hit Phillip Ervin with a pitch and then got a ground out from Scooter Gennett. José Iglesias singled, but Juan Graterol flew out to center field. With pinch hitter José Peraza at the plate, Cubs catcher Victor Caratini picked off Iglesias at first for the third out. The Reds challenged the play, but the call stood.
David Hernandez pitched for the Reds in the bottom of the seventh and gave up consecutive walks to Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Both advanced on a passed ball, and Jason Heyward brought them home on a double. The Cubs now were up by 4-0. Matt Bowman then replaced Hernandez on the mound, and Russell lined out and Bote grounded out to end the inning.
New Cubs pitcher Brandon Kintzler faced Peraza in the leadoff spot, and he doubled to right field. Senzel followed with a single, Votto with a lineout, and Suárez with another single. Puig hit a two RBI single to break the shut out and the inning ended with the score at 4-2.
Robel García pinch hit for the Cubs in the bottom of the eighth and flew out to left field. Báez and Bryant got on base with singles, and the Reds then replaced Hernandez with Michael Lorenzen. His first batter was Rizzo, who singled to score Báez and put the Cubs ahead 5-2.
Craig Kimbrel went 1-2-3 to close it out beautifully. Gennett struck out swinging, Winker grounded out back to the mound, and Graterol struck out swinging to end the game.