CHICAGO — At forty, Bronson Arroyo gave the most effective efficiency throughout his lengthy comeback, pitching three-hit ball over six innings Sunday because the Cincinnati Reds salvaged a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Arroyo (2-2) allowed Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer — his third of the collection — and struck out seven batters for the primary time since Might thirteen, 2014. The lanky proper-hander has wanted greater than two years to get well from Tommy John surgical procedure.
Raisesl Iglesias gave up a pair of runs within the ninth earlier than ending off the Reds’ three-7 homestand.
Patrick Kivlehan’s bases-loaded double highlighted a 4-run sixth inning off John Lackey (1-three) and determined a matchup of up-in-years starters. The 38-yr-previous Lackey and Arroyo have mixed for 793 begins within the majors.
Regardless of the loss, the defending World Collection champions took two of three within the collection and moved again into first place within the NL Central. No shock that it occurred in Cincinnati — the Cubs have gained 17 of their final 22 at Nice American Ball Park. They’ve taken 20 of their final 25 general towards the Reds.
Rizzo prolonged his hitting streak to 12 video games — matching his profession excessive — together with his two-run homer within the fourth inning. His three-run shot with two outs within the ninth helped the Cubs rally for a 6-5, eleven-inning victory within the collection opener. He had one other three-run homer throughout a 12-eight win on Saturday.
The Cubs have homered of their final 15 video games at Nice American. They hit seven in all through the collection.
Arroyo labored quick, different the angles of his deliveries, and stored ’em guessing together with his minimal-velocity pitches. Jon Jay noticed pitches of sixty seven, seventy four, eighty three, seventy five and 70 mph throughout one at-bat. The Cubs made contact together with his first seven pitches of the sport, fouling off 4 of them.