The Cubs' NL Central lead remained at 2½ games over second-place Milwaukee when Scott Schebler homered on Jose Quintana's first pitch of the game, Phillip Ervin also went deep and the Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago 2-1.
Jon Lester allowed two hits over seven innings with a season-high nine strikeouts, Willson Contreras hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 to maintain their NL Central lead.
Eric Hosmer ended a long week – or maybe it really was just four soggy, slogging days – in southern Ohio for the Padres with a solo home run in the ninth inning that stood as the difference in a 7-6 victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Joey Votto ended his two-month homer drought with Cincinnati's 11th grand slam _ one shy of the NL record _ and the Reds beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Saturday in a game called because of rain in the top of the seventh inning.
Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman has done a terrific job with a team that started 3-18. The Reds have won nine of their last 10 games and 12 of their last 15. They are now 31-31 under the veteran Riggleman.
The United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that outlawed sports gambling mostly outside the state of Nevada. Although states will be able to make their own sports gambling laws, that doesn't mean Major League Baseball will lift Pete Rose's ban.