Chicago Cubs infielder David Bote played the hero role again for the team Friday, blasting a solo home run in the 10th inning to give the team a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Bote, who hit a walk-off grand slam against the Washington Nationals earlier in the month, capped off a Cubs victory that trimmed their magic number to clinch the National League Central to 32.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy hit his first home run as a member of the team, and Javier Baez smacked an RBI single in the victory.
The Reds took an early 1-0 lead off Alec Mills in the second inning, but the starter settled down and struck out eight batters in 5.2 innings. He also collected his first career MLB hit in the contest.
After Baez tied the game in the sixth, Murphy blasted a solo home run into the right field bleachers in the eighth inning to give the Cubs a late lead.
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After Eugenio Suarez hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off Cubs closer Pedro Strop, Bote did his hero thing, unloading on a solo home run to left field, his fifth of the season, to give the Cubs the victory.
Jesse Chavez got credit for the win, his first with the Cubs, and Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias was tagged with the loss.