Cubs lose to Reds 2-1, NL Central lead stays at 2½ games

CHICAGO (AP) The run-deficient Chicago Cubs were in a deficit from the start.

Scott Schebler homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cincinnati Reds went on to beat the NL Central leaders 2-1 Sunday.

Despite the defeat and the Cubs' recent offensive woes, their division lead stayed at 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee, which also lost.

Chicago, seeking its third straight Central title, scored just five runs in the three-game series and has totaled 15 runs in its last seven games.

''We have to do better than one run somehow,'' Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. ''The three games, we were fortunate to win two. I'll take it. Whenever you win a series against a major league team, you'll always take that.''

Joey Votto had three hits for last-place Cincinnati, which stopped its three-game losing streak and Chicago's three-game winning streak.

Luis Castillo (10-12) allowed one run, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings, giving up Albert Almora Jr.'s sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Amir Garrett and Jared Hughes combined for four outs and Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances, completing a five-hitter.

''That's the best three or four days of pitching that we've had,'' Reds manager Jim Riggleman said.

Jose Quintana (13-10) was bidding for what would have been a career-high 14th win. Schebler drove a 93 mph fastball into the bleachers just left of the batter's eye, and Phillip Ervin homered leading off the fourth.

''I got a pretty good swing on a ball,'' Schebler said. ''I'm just trying to make contact in this place. Historically, I'm pretty awful at Wrigley, so honestly, it was nice to but a barrel on a ball.''

Chicago's Victor Caratini hit a sharper grounder down the line with runners on first and second in the bottom of the fourth. First base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called the ball foul as he unsuccessfully tried to jump out of the way.

Maddon wasn't so sure the ball was foul. The play isn't viewable, so he asked the umpires if they could get together and discuss it. They declined and the call stood.

Garrett escaped second-and-third, two-out trouble in the seventh when he relieved and struck out Anthony Rizzo, who slammed his helmet.

''Offense is peaks and valleys and you just ride it out,'' Cubs star Kris Bryant said. ''There have been plenty of times this year when the offense is great, and plenty of times when it wasn't. We just have to ride it out and hope that the next game is the one where we explode.''

WATCHING

Willson Contreras doubled off the wall in center in the middle of the Cubs' fifth-inning rally, but drew Maddon's ire because he flipped his bat and stood watching the ball. He then had to bust it and dive head first into second base - and might have been out if the throw wasn't off line.

''Horrible,'' Maddon said. ''I didn't like that at all. That will be addressed.''

Said Contreras: ''I thought it was gone. I hit it super good. What I did was not good for baseball, watching it. I embarrassed myself.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: RHP Robert Stephenson (shoulder tendinitis) is unlikely to be activated this season, according to Riggleman. Stephenson has been on the 10-day DL since Aug. 30.

Cubs: OF Jason Heyward (right hamstring tightness) was activated from the 10-day DL but did not play. ... INF Tommy La Stella was scratched about two hours before first pitch because of lower back tightness. ... LF Kyle Schwarber (back) missed his sixth straight game and didn't accompany the team to Arizona for a three-game series starting Monday.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-5, 4.80 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Milwaukee on Monday night. LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 2.23) pitches for the Brewers.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-11, 3.71 ERA) takes the mound Monday night in the opener at Arizona. LHP Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.05) starts for the Diamondbacks.

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  • W: L. Castillo (10-12)L: J. Quintana (13-10)S: R. Iglesias (27)
  • HR: CIN - P. Ervin (7), S. Schebler (17)
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S. Gennett 2B30000125.318.365.499.8640.0
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B. Hamilton CF40000011.239.301.330.631-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Garrett in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rizzo 1B20100112.277.374.469.8432.5
I. Happ LF-CF40000004.229.348.409.7570.0
B. Zobrist RF30000101.312.384.453.8371.0
D. Murphy 2B30100101.284.326.435.7612.0
V. Caratini C40000003.250.311.329.6400.0
D. Bote 3B40000010.229.307.414.721-0.5
A. Russell SS21000110.252.318.344.6621.5
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b- W. Contreras PH10100000.261.356.406.7622.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Almora CF20110000.285.325.384.7092.0
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C. Edwards P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for A. Russell in the 9th
  • b-doubled for Quintana in the 5th
  • c-singled for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (27)
  • HR - S. Schebler (17), P. Ervin (7)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (48), P. Ervin (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Schebler, S. Gennett 3 (3), P. Ervin 2 (2), T. Barnhart 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (26)
  • SF - A. Almora (5)
  • RBI - A. Almora (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), I. Happ 2 (2), V. Caratini 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. Ervin (3)
  • DP - 2 (Gennett-Peraza-Votto; Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Russell 2 (17)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 10-12)6.24114204.521.2520.0
A. Garrett (H, 20)0.10000104.421.320.5
J. Hughes (H, 14)1.01000001.821.022.0
R. Iglesias (S, 27)1.00000002.471.0510.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 10-12)6.2
A. Garrett (H, 20)0.1
J. Hughes (H, 14)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 27)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 13-10)5.05223723.951.323.5
J. Garcia2.01001206.031.555.0
D. Maples1.00000109.641.933.5
C. Edwards1.00000102.391.273.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 13-10)5.0
J. Garcia2.0
D. Maples1.0
C. Edwards1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Garrett (3)
  • HBP - L. Castillo (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 98-59, A. Garrett 4-3, J. Hughes 13-10, R. Iglesias 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 10-6, J. Hughes 1-1, R. Iglesias 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett, J. Hughes 3, R. Iglesias 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (7)
  • IBB - J. Garcia (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-61, J. Garcia 19-15, D. Maples 10-6, C. Edwards 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, J. Garcia 2-2, D. Maples 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, J. Garcia 8, D. Maples 3, C. Edwards 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Schebler RF51111021.271.346.474.8195.0
J. Peraza SS50100020.293.332.419.7510.0
J. Votto 1B40300001.288.423.432.8554.0
E. Suarez 3B20000202.287.372.537.9092.0
S. Gennett 2B30000125.318.365.499.8640.0
P. Ervin LF31111122.261.338.431.7696.0
T. Barnhart C40000013.247.332.368.700-0.5
L. Castillo P30000011.107.138.125.263-0.5
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Herrera PH10000000.183.275.366.6410.0
J. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Hamilton CF40000011.239.301.330.631-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Garrett in the 8th
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A. Rizzo 1B20100112.277.374.469.8432.5
I. Happ LF-CF40000004.229.348.409.7570.0
B. Zobrist RF30000101.312.384.453.8371.0
D. Murphy 2B30100101.284.326.435.7612.0
V. Caratini C40000003.250.311.329.6400.0
D. Bote 3B40000010.229.307.414.721-0.5
A. Russell SS21000110.252.318.344.6621.5
a- J. Baez PH10000000.294.328.563.8910.0
J. Quintana P10000000.082.082.082.1630.0
b- W. Contreras PH10100000.261.356.406.7622.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- K. Bryant PH-LF10100000.279.380.464.8451.0
A. Almora CF20110000.285.325.384.7092.0
D. Maples P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Edwards P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for A. Russell in the 9th
  • b-doubled for Quintana in the 5th
  • c-singled for Garcia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto (27)
  • HR - S. Schebler (17), P. Ervin (7)
  • RBI - S. Schebler (48), P. Ervin (30)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Schebler, S. Gennett 3 (3), P. Ervin 2 (2), T. Barnhart 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Contreras (26)
  • SF - A. Almora (5)
  • RBI - A. Almora (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rizzo 2 (2), I. Happ 2 (2), V. Caratini 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - P. Ervin (3)
  • DP - 2 (Gennett-Peraza-Votto; Gennett-Votto)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Russell 2 (17)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 10-12)6.24114204.521.2520.0
A. Garrett (H, 20)0.10000104.421.320.5
J. Hughes (H, 14)1.01000001.821.022.0
R. Iglesias (S, 27)1.00000002.471.0510.0
Total9.0511430---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 10-12)6.2
A. Garrett (H, 20)0.1
J. Hughes (H, 14)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 27)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 13-10)5.05223723.951.323.5
J. Garcia2.01001206.031.555.0
D. Maples1.00000109.641.933.5
C. Edwards1.00000102.391.273.5
Total9.06224112---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 13-10)5.0
J. Garcia2.0
D. Maples1.0
C. Edwards1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Garrett (3)
  • HBP - L. Castillo (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 98-59, A. Garrett 4-3, J. Hughes 13-10, R. Iglesias 11-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 10-6, J. Hughes 1-1, R. Iglesias 2-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett, J. Hughes 3, R. Iglesias 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Garcia (7)
  • IBB - J. Garcia (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 98-61, J. Garcia 19-15, D. Maples 10-6, C. Edwards 8-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 6-3, J. Garcia 2-2, D. Maples 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, J. Garcia 8, D. Maples 3, C. Edwards 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Almora hit sacrifice fly to center, Russell scored, Contreras to third21
  • 4TH INNING
    Ervin homered to left center20
  • 1ST INNING
    Schebler homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carl Edwards relieved Dillon Maples
    • B. Hamilton: Hamilton lined out to left
    • S. Schebler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Peraza lined out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Raisel Iglesias relieved Jared Hughes
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini lined out to center
    • D. Bote: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bote grounded out to second
    • Javier Baez hit for Addison Russell
    • J. Baez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dillon Maples pitching
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Barnhart lined out to left
    • Dilson Herrera hit for Amir Garrett
    • D. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Happ grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Zobrist: Zobrist flied out to deep left
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy singled to left, Murphy out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler popped out to second
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza reached on bunt single to second
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Votto grounded out to pitcher, Peraza to second
    • E. Suarez: Suarez intentionally walked
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Ball, Peraza to third on wild pitch, Gennett lined out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bote grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Russell: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • Kris Bryant hit for Jaime Garcia
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to right
    • A. Almora: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Almora singled to center, Bryant to second
    • Amir Garrett relieved Luis Castillo
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Bryant to third, Almora to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Rizzo struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jaime Garcia pitching
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • B. Zobrist: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Zobrist walked
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy lined out to left
    • V. Caratini: Caratini grounded out to second, Zobrist out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Peraza struck out on foul tip
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Votto singled to center
    • E. Suarez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Suarez lined out to right
    • S. Gennett: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gennett walked, Votto to second
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ervin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Bote: Bote flied out to center
    • A. Russell: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Russell walked
    • Willson Contreras hit for Jose Quintana
    • W. Contreras: Contreras doubled to deep center, Russell to third
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora hit sacrifice fly to center, Russell scored, Contreras to third
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rizzo walked
    • I. Happ: Ball, Foul, Ball, Happ grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ervin homered to left center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Barnhart safe at first on shortstop Russell throwing error
    • L. Castillo: Castillo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Castillo to second, Barnhart out at second on shortstop Russell throwing error
    • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamilton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castillo out at third
    • S. Schebler: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rizzo singled to center
    • I. Happ: Foul, Ball, Happ grounded out to second, Rizzo to second
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Zobrist grounded out to second, Rizzo to third
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Caratini popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Votto: Foul, Ball, Votto doubled to deep center
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suarez popped out to shortstop
    • S. Gennett: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Russell grounded out to third
    • J. Quintana: Strike looking, Quintana grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike looking, Almora grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
    • S. Schebler: Schebler grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy popped out to third
    • V. Caratini: Caratini lined out to second
    • D. Bote: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bote struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Schebler homered to center
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • J. Votto: Foul, Votto singled to shallow left
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked, Votto to second
    • S. Gennett: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gennett struck out swinging
    • P. Ervin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ervin walked, Votto to third, Suarez to second
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Barnhart fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • A. Rizzo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rizzo hit by pitch
    • I. Happ: Foul, Happ grounded out to shortstop, Rizzo out at second
    • B. Zobrist: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Zobrist grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)