Sampson strong again as the Cubs beat the Reds for a fifth straight season

CHICAGO (AP) — Adrian Sampson threw seven efficient innings, Nico Hoerner drove three runs and the Chicago Cubs won their fifth straight win 6-1 over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Sampson (4-5) gave up a run on three hits, hitting six and walking two in his 97-pitch outing. He managed his longest start of the season and extended his streak of allowing one run or less to five consecutive starts.

Sampson ended his day by tricking Mike Siani into landing in a doubles game and stranding a runner in third place.

Hoerner doubled in two runs in the Cubs’ three-run second and brought home another run an inning later on a fielder’s choice. The Cubs, fresh out of playoff hopeful Philadelphia, have won nine out of ten.

Jake Fraley had three of the Reds’ four hits, including his 12th homer in the second. Cincinnati has lost four straight games and seven out of eight.

Helpers Erich Uelmen and Rowan Wick completed the four-stroke for Chicago. Yan Gomes had two hits and an RBI.

Reds starter Graham Ashcraft (5-5) gave up six runs, five of them earned, in 2 2/3 innings. Connor Overton spared the bullpen by setting up the rest of the game and allowing two hits.

Cincinnati needs three wins in their last five games to avoid the club’s first 100-loss season since 1982.


Reds: Siani was back in midfield for his first action since coming off Tuesday’s loss to Pittsburgh after trying to make a dive catch.


Cincinnati’s Nick Lodolo (4-7, 3.75 ERA) meets his left-hander Drew Smyly (7-8, 3.48) on Saturday. Sampson strong again as the Cubs beat the Reds for a fifth straight season

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