CINCINNATI (AP) — Jon Lester is being used to weathering rain delays.

Making his fourth consecutive get started that incorporated a extend, Lester pitched six dominant innings, Addison Russell tied his profession excessive with 4 hits and the Chicago Cubs temporarily took keep watch over with a three-run first inning on tips on how to an Eight-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds within the opener in their four-game collection Friday evening.

Enjoying in a gradual downpour that not on time the beginning of the sport by means of 93 mins, Willson Contreras added 3 hits and 6 other gamers each and every drove in a minimum of one run for the Cubs, who’d misplaced 3 in their ultimate 4 video games.

Lester (Four-1) confronted one batter over the minimal throughout the first 4 innings and held the Reds hitless till Scooter Gennett led off the fourth with a pointy one-hopper previous diving first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The left-hander allowed Cincinnati’s most effective two hits and one stroll with a season-high 8 strikeouts or even contributed a security squeeze sacrifice bunt whilst Chicago was once breaking the sport open with a two-run 5th inning.

“It was once’t simple,” stated Lester, who was once scheduled to begin on Thursday in Atlanta in a recreation that was once postponed after a 2-hour, 20-minute extend initially. “It was once to get going and pitch. You simply have to determine a option to take care of it. Now we have all were given to play thru it.

“It is an added bonus that I grew up within the Northwest,” the Tacoma, Wash., local added. “Seventy % of my video games have been performed on this. With a bit of luck, we will get to summer season and we would possibly not have to fret about techniques like this coming thru.”

The Reds, coming off a a success Five-2 highway go back and forth thru Los Angeles and San Francisco, controlled simply two baserunners prior to Adam Duvall hit Lester’s first pitch of the 5th inning out to left box for his 9th house run.

“He did a gorgeous entire task,” Chicago supervisor Joe Maddon stated about Lester. “What he did was once no longer simple. I liked the way in which he treated the extend. Whilst you play on this department on this a part of the rustic, you are expecting most of these issues.”

The Cubs have been satisfied simply to be enjoying. They tattooed Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey, construction a Three-Zero lead by the point Bailey threw his 19th pitch. Chicago’s first 5 batters all were given hits prior to meantime pitching trainer Danny Darwin visited the mound.

“Homer battled,” meantime supervisor Jim Riggleman stated. “I tip my hat to him. He was once hit, however we have been most effective down 4 runs. (Ben) Zobrist and (Kris) Bryant inside 3 or 4 pitches set the tone. He were given hit aroun,d however the following factor you realize it’s a four-run ballgame. That is not one thing we will’t triumph over.

“We could not do anything else with Lester. That was once the larger factor.”

Bailey (1-6) allowed 10 hits in 5 or fewer innings for the second one consecutive recreation. Combatants have reached the right-hander for 28 hits in 13 2/Three innings over his ultimate 3 video games. He gave up six runs and issued 5 walks with 3 strikeouts in Four 2/Three innings.

“I went again and watched,” Bailey stated. “I am a little bit pissed off as a result of there have been some excellent pitches that they did a excellent task of hitting. This can be a nice offense over there, and so they did a gorgeous excellent task, however it is a little tricky on occasion.”

CLEANUP MAN

Reds 1B Joey Votto batted fourth for the 29th time in his 11-year profession and primary since Might 14, 2014, in each video games of a doubleheader towards San Diego.

WALKING MAN

Cubs eighth-slot batter Ian Happ drew intentional walks in his first 3 plate appearances prior to a one-out double within the 8th.

FAMILIAR FEELING

Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo snapped a Zero-for-11 droop with a first-inning unmarried and added every other unmarried within the 8th

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: OF Jason Heyward was once activated prior to the sport from the seven-day concussion disabled checklist.

Reds: 3B Eugenio Suarez returned to the beginning lineup after lacking Wednesday’s recreation at San Francisco with a correct ankle damage he suffered on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (Three-Three) will get started the primary recreation of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader. LHP Jose Quintana is scheduled to begin the nightcap.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (Three-Four) is the projected starter for the primary recreation of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader with RHP Sal Romano (2-Four) beginning the nightcap.

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