Chicago's Anthony Rizzo, left, celebrates with Ian Happ after they scored on a ground-rule double by Willson Contreras during Tuesday's 9-5 home win over the Cincinnati Reds. (Associated Press)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:00 am
Chicago 9, Cincinnati 5
Maddon gets 1,000th win
Cubs hit 4 HRs to down Reds, get back to .500
JAY COHEN | Associated Press
CHICAGO – Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Ian Happ connected again and the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati 9-5 Tuesday night, giving manager Joe Maddon his 1,000th career win.
Maddon's victories have come with the Angels, Rays and reigning World Series champion Cubs.
Happ hit his second homer in his third major league game and Addison Russell also went deep as Chicago returned to .500 after a lackluster road trip. NL MVP Kris Bryant added two hits in his first appearance after missing three games with an illness.
The Cubs (19-19) had dropped seven of nine, including four of their last six at division leaders Colorado and St. Louis.
Schwarber's continued trouble in the leadoff spot and the shaky performance so far by the rotation had created some angst for a fan base expecting more of the same after Chicago's historic crown last year, but no one seemed a bit worried around the team.
“If people want to sell low on the Cubs, sell their stock, we'll buy,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “We still really believe in this team. We know how good we can and will be when we get it locked in.”
Willson Contreras had two hits and two RBI, and John Lackey (4-3) pitched into the sixth inning in the opener of a 10-game homestand.
Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds on a warm and windy night at Wrigley Field. But Bronson Arroyo (3-3) was hit hard in five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.
Schwarber was hitless in 17 at-bats before he belted a drive in the second inning that landed near the back of the bleachers in right. He singled down the third-base line in the sixth and scored on Happ's bases-loaded walk for a 7-3 lead.
After Votto's two-run shot got Cincinnati within two in the seventh, Russell went deep in the bottom half and Rizzo added his seventh of the season in the eighth. Rizzo went 2 for 16 on Chicago's road trip.