CINCINNATI — Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Monday for their first win of the season.
Cincinnati was swept at home by Washington in a three-game series to open, falling to 0-3 for the first time since 2003. It also trailed in all 27 innings — the Nationals scored in the first inning each time.
After getting their traditional opening parade, the Reds finally got a lead, too, when Eugenio Suarez tripled in the fourth and scored on Adam Duvall’s groundout.
Mahle (1-0) earned the victory in only his fifth major league start, outpitching Tyler Chatwood (0-1) in his Cubs debut.
The Cubs were coming off a 6-0 loss in Miami and managed only four baserunners against Mahle, who walked two, hit one and struck out a career-high seven.
Ian Happ singled in the eighth, but Iglesias came in later and Rizzo to swing through a fastball to escape. Iglesias got last four outs for the save.
Chicago has been blanked in back-to-back games for the first time since last May 26-27, when the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-0 and 5-0.
Chatwood signed a three-year deal with the Cubs after going 8-15 with the Rockies last season. He gave up four hits, walked six and threw only 49 strikes out of 92 pitches.
It was essentially a Re-Opening Day in Cincinnati, which didn’t get to holds its annual parade last week. The market association that organizes the parade was busy with Easter sales, so it was moved to Monday. The game drew 18,963 fans on a cold afternoon, many of them wearing Cubs blue.