Baez hits grand slam, Cubs beat Reds 9-5

JAVIER BAEZ HIT A GRAND SLAM, KRIS BRYANT HOMERED AND THE CHICAGO CUBS BEAT THE CINCINNATI REDS 9-5 THURSDAY TO COMPLETE A THREE-GAME SWEEP.

CHICAGO OUTSCORED CINCINNATI 25-15 IN THE SERIES AND HAS 23 WINS IN ITS LAST 28 GAMES AGAINST THE REDS.

BAEZ HAD THREE HITS AND A SEASON-HIGH FIVE RBIS. HE CAPPED A FIVE-RUN FIRST INNING AGAINST AMIR GARRETT (3-3) WITH HIS THIRD CAREER SLAM. 

BRYANT HIT HIS EIGHTH HOMER THIS SEASON IN THE FOURTH, A SOLO DRIVE, AND THE CUBS TOOK A 9-0 LEAD IN THE FIFTH

.JOHN LESTER (2-2) IMPROVED TO 11-0 IN HIS LAST 15 REGULAR-SEASON HOME STARTS, ALLOWING THREE RUNS AND SIX HITS IN SIX-PLUS INNINGS. HE LEFT WITH A 9-1 LEAD AFTER GIVING UP SINGLES TO JOSE PERAZA, TUCKER BARNHART AND ARISMENDY ALCANTARA IN THE SEVENTH.

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