Chicago Cubs News: Cubs rally to beat Reds, inch closer to Top 5

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The Chicago Cubs didn’t get the best effort from John Lackey, but the offense did their part. The Cubs scored 10 unanswered runs to beat the Reds, 13-9.

These are the types of games that have a feel of last year. The Chicago Cubs didn’t get a great game from John Lackey, but the offense found a way to battle back to beat the Cincinnati Reds. After the Cubs had tied the game at 3-3, Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run off Lackey. That lead was short lived as the Cubs rallied for 10 unanswered runs, including a five-run eighth that helped propel them to a 13-9 victory. Ben Zobrist had the go ahead double after arriving late due to transportation issues.

The Cubs are slowly inching their way up the rankings, sitting just outside the Top 5. They’ve played as good as baseball as anyone in the second half, outshined only by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs are pushing past injuries and issues–like every other team–and playing the way many of us hoped that they would.

The Cubs pickup of Alex Avila has proven to be a smart move. But that also moved Victor Caratini back to Iowa. In all likelihood, Avila will be nothing more than a rental, unless the Cubs see something otherwise. But going with a healthy Willson Contreras and Caratini next season would be a strong play for the Cubs’ catching group.

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