As far as Javier Baez is concerned [url= http://www.officialdevils.c...ersey]Cory Schneider Jersey[/url] , no deficit is too big for the Chicago Cubs to overcome. Baez and his teammates showed why he feels that way on Saturday.
Baez homered and had four hits â€" including a game-tying infield single in the eighth â€" and the Cubs rallied from a five-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Anthony Rizzoâ€™s RBI groundout capped a four-run eighth inning for Chicago, which has come from behind in each of its last eight wins.
â€ťThatâ€™s what we do,â€ť Baez said. â€ťWe fight to the end. Weâ€™ve been coming back since 2016.â€ť
Eugenio Suarez homered and Billy Hamilton added three hits and three stolen bases for Cincinnati, which had its five-game winning streak against the Cubs snapped.
Randy Rosario (4-0) allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings to get the win. Brandon Morrow worked the ninth for his 20th save.
The Reds took a 7-4 lead into the eighth, but reliever Amir Garrett â€" who retired three straight batters in the seventh â€" walked Victor Caratini and Addison Russell to start the inning. Pinch hitter David Bote then singled to load the bases.
Jared Hughes (2-3) replaced Garrett and Ben Zobrist greeted him with a two-run double to left-center to trim the deficit to 7-6. Baez followed with a comebacker, but Hughes bobbled the ball and then fell down as he picked it up. Baez was credited with an RBI infield hit as Bote scored for a tie at 7.
â€ťIt was right there; it hit my glove,â€ť Hughes said. â€ťI think it was a hit, but still, I should have made the play.â€ť
Rizzo then drove in Zobrist with a groundout to second base to put Chicago on top.
â€ťAmir gave us a clean seventh inning, and the wheels fell off in the eighth,â€ť Cincinnati manager Jim Riggleman said.
The five-run deficit was the largest the Cubs have overcome during the eight comeback wins.
â€ťItâ€™s fantastic,â€ť Bote said of Chicagoâ€™s string of comebacks. â€ťThe quality at-bats the last two weeks have been incredible.â€ť
Suarezâ€™s three-run blast in the third gave the Reds a 5-0 lead.
Chicago moved closer with a pair of runs in the fourth. Caratini drove in the first with a double and then scored on an RBI groundout by Russell.
Cincinnati reclaimed the five-run advantage with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on RBI singles by Jesse Winker and Joey Votto.
The Cubs made it 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth as Rosario drove in a run with a single for his first major league hit and RBI.
Baezâ€™s 17th homer leading off the seventh trimmed the deficit to three runs.
Reds starter Matt Harvey was in line to win his fourth straight start before the eighth-inning meltdown. The right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. He has a 1.88 ERA over his last four starts. â€ťItâ€™s a good sign that I can go out, not feel great [url= http://www.officialdevils.c...ersey]Drew Stafford Jersey[/url] , be out of whack and still get somewhat deep in the game and limit the damage,â€ť Harvey said.
Harvey might have completed the sixth without giving up a third run had right fielder Scott Schebler not lost a pop fly by Russell in the sun with one out. It dropped in for a double. Rosario followed with a single to drive in Russell.
Cubs: OF Jason Heyward left the game after taking a foul ball to the groin in the third inning. 3B Kris Bryant (left shoulder inflammation) took batting practice, fielded grounders and ran the bases before the game. Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant will go on a rehab assignment before being activated, although the details havenâ€™t been worked out yet.
LHP Jon Lester (11-2, 2.25 ERA) looks to become the NLâ€™s first 12-game winner on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. Lester has won seven straight starts. RHP Luis Castillo (5-8, 5.53) pitches for the Reds.
Zack Godley followed one of his worst outings of the season with perhaps his best. Perfect timing for Arizona, too.
Godley pitched six effective innings in his 10th win, helping the Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Friday night.
Arizona improved to 2-6 on its 10-game homestand and regained sole possession of first place in the NL West from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 3-2 to the Angels.
Godley (10-6) allowed one run and four hits while improving to 5-1 in his last six starts. He was rocked for seven runs in four innings in a loss to San Francisco in his last outing.
â€ťThe way this game works you kind of have to let it go and move on,â€ť Godley said. â€ťBaseball is a short-memory sport.â€ť
Asked what was working, he said: â€ťmy curve and my defense.â€ť
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Godleyâ€™s command was â€ťas good as I can remember.â€ť
â€ťThereâ€™s been a couple of games so far this year where he has had outings like that,â€ť Lovullo said. â€ťBut todayâ€™s was one of the better ones that Iâ€™ve seen in a long time.â€ť
Steven Souza Jr. drove in two runs with a single and fielderâ€™s choice in his second game back from the disabled list. Souza has played in just 17 games this season due to a right pectoral injury.
Joey Lucchesi (4-4) retired 14 in a row before Arizona scored twice in the sixth. Lucchesi went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits with two strikeouts [url= http://www.49ersauthorizeds...rsey]49ers Fred Warner Jersey[/url] , one walk and two hit batters.
He grazed A.J. Pollock with a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the tying run.
Nick Ahmed doubled, singled and scored twice for the Diamondbacks. Brad Boxberger threw a perfect ninth for his 21st save in 25 tries.
The Padres have lost 14 of 18.
Lucchesiâ€™s first big league hit helped the Padres take the lead in the third. The rookie singled to left, advanced to third on Travis Jankowskiâ€™s long single to the right-field corner and scored when Carlos Asuaji grounded out.
The Diamondbacks threatened in the first when David Peralta was hit by a pitch and Paul Goldschmidt lashed a ground-rule double that bounced into the Arizona bullpen. But they came up empty when Pollock grounded out and Souza struck out looking.
Arizona didnâ€™t get another baserunner until Godley drew a leadoff walk in the sixth. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one-out singles by Ahmed and Goldschmidt and Lucchesi hit Pollock to bring in the tying run.
That was it for Lucchesi. Reliever Adam Cimber bobbled Souzaâ€™s slow grounder and still got the out at first, but Ahmed scored and the Diamondbacks led 2-1.
â€ťHe threw the ball well,â€ť Padres manager Andy Green said of Lucchesi. â€ťWe didnâ€™t do too much for him offensively. You get to that sixth inning, his pitch count is low. You want to see him attack that inning. The thing that hurts him is the walk to Godley. Outside of that I think it was a very good day for him.â€ť
Ahmed led off the eighth with a double and scored on Souzaâ€™s two-out single.
Padres: RHP Phil Hughes (right rhomboid strain) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Kirby Yates returned from paternity leave. RHPs Kazuhisa Makita and Robert Stock were optioned to Triple-A El Paso.
Diamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado (strained left oblique) was reinstated from the 60-day DL. RHP Fernando Salas was designated for assignment.
California high school shortstop Matt McLain, Arizonaâ€™s first-round pick and the 25th overall player taken in the draft, informed the Diamondbacks he will not sign with them and will instead enroll at UCLA. The Diamondbacks will get a compensatory pick, the 27th overall, next year.
Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-1. 4.89 ERA) makes his third start since returning from the disabled list and San Diego counters with RHP Tyler Ross (5-6, 3.89 ERA) on Saturday night in the third game of the four-game series.