Cubs end 12-game losing streak with 2-1 win over Reds
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By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Hendricks’ 200th career appearance was especially satisfying for him and the skidding Chicago Cubs.
The 31-year-old right-hander not only became the first 14-game winner in the majors, but he helped the Cubs end a 12-game losing streak with six strong innings in a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
“It’s just cool to see everybody come in and execute and do their job and finally see the results,” said Hendricks, who made his first major league appearance on July 10, 2014, in the same Cincinnati ballpark. “It was nice.”
Hendricks (14-5) gave up three hits in six innings – the only big one a two-out homer by Nick Castellanos in the sixth – as Chicago won for the first time since Aug. 4 in Colorado. The Cubs are 3-15 since selling off their biggest stars at the trade deadline last month.
Chicago had lost 12 in a row for the first time since 2012.
Frank Schwindel had a run-scoring double for the Cubs in the third, his sixth straight game with an extra- base hit. Happ homered to right field leading off the sixth, one of his three hits.
“Kyle giving us the start that he did was huge,” manager David Ross said.
Cubs reliever Rowan Wick loaded the bases in the seventh but struck out Jonathan India before Adam Morgan came in from the bullpen and got Joey Votto to ground out.
Codi Heuer retired Cincinnati in order in the eighth and ninth for his second major league save and first this season.
“We had the top of our order in the seventh,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Those guys have come through time and time again. Give credit to the Cubs pitchers. They made pitches when they had to.”
Reds rookie Vladimir Gutierrez (8-4) gave up nine hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings. He won his previous four starts.
“I felt pretty good about my outing,” Gutierrez said. “I feel confident with all of my pitches right now.”
Cubs: Ross said INF Nico Hoerner (strained oblique) hit in the cage and might take batting practice Friday in Chicago. … RHP Adbert Alzolay (hamstring) was on the field pregame jogging and doing agility drills.
The Cubs plan to call up Adrian Sampson from Triple- A Iowa to start against Tyler Mahle (10-3, 3.58 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Sampson last pitched in the majors in 2019 for the Texas Rangers. Mahle scattered three hits over seven shutout innings in a 6-1 win over the Phillies last Friday.