Comeback Cubs make it two rallies as they beat the Reds in 10th
CHICAGO – One trend continued on Monday night and another came to an end.
Neither one of them is a bad thing for the Cubs.
Arismendy Alcantara-who went hitless in the first week of the season-had his first single come at the right time to complete a second-straight comeback victory for the Cubs. The infielder’s single in the 10th inning brought in Jorge Soler for the game-winning run in the Cubs’ 7-6 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field.
Alcantara, who was 0-for-17 before the at bat in extra innings-slapped a single to center off a drawn-in infield to plate Soler to finish of the win and improve the Cubs to 4-2 on the young season.
The Cubs trailed by three runs twice in the game but rallied back to tie it and then finally go ahead of the Reds in extra innings. Soler played a major part in the rallies as he hit a pair of two-run homers-his first round trippers of the season.
In the eighth inning Soler evened the game with a long two-run shot to center field that sent it into extra innings.
Jon Lester struggled in his second Cubs start as he allowed three first inning runs to put the Cubs in an early hole. Soler helped to bail him out with a two-run homer in the bottom half and Starlin Castro evened up the game with an RBI single later in the inning.
After retiring seven-straight batters in the middle part of the game Lester was again roughed up in the sixth as four straight hits brought in three Reds runs and gave the visitors a 6-3 lead. Chris Coughlan got the advantage down to two later in the sixth inning with a solo homer to right and Soler tied it with his second homer in the eighth.
The outfielder nearly won the game in the tenth with a hit to right field but Anthony Rizzo was held at third. Eventually the Cubs loaded the bases to set up Alcantara’s game-winning moment to end his negative trend in a positive way.