Cubs' Lester allows 9 runs before exiting in 2nd vs. Reds

Cubs' Lester allows 9 runs before exiting in 2nd vs. Reds”

The 34-year-old struck out six and only made one major mistake, giving up a three-run homer to Travis Shaw. He was removed and the Cubs announced he was dealing with left lat tightness. Lester is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 11 career starts against the Reds, including a 1-0 record this season.

The Cincinnati Reds aren't making things easy for the Chicago Cubs, and they'll try to salvage a split of their four-game road series against the National League Central leaders on Thursday afternoon. Kris Bryant hit his 23rd homer to start the fourth, Alex Avila preceded Happ's second homer with a two-run homer and Javier Baez homered on the next pitch after Happ's second homer.

Reds right-hander Scott Feldman allowed Chicago's first five homers and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. For good measure, Kyle Schwarber added his 20th home run an inning later.

He was replaced by fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery. He requested the team's training staff to come out and visit him on the mound before he departed, having allowed seven hits and seven earned runs, although it was not visible what was ailing him.

Ervin, in right field in his fifth game, also had a single and double in four at-bats.

Votto hit his 32nd homer of the season to push the lead to 7-0. Should he be sidelined for the rest of this season, and even worse necessitate surgery that could derail him for longer than that, the second half of his contract begins to look a lot more unwieldy for the team.

Friday features interleague variety as the Toronto Blue Jays battle the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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