It was perhaps a more exciting game than the Cubs wanted last night in Cincinnati, after Chicago got out to an 8-to-1 lead through seven innings.
Anthony Rizzo hit his third homer in four games, and scored two more runs to help get the Cubs up big.
But they would need every one of those runs as the Reds came roaring back. The game came down to reliever Jeremy Jeffress getting a lined out to center from Reds star Joey Votto with two out in the 9th.
The Cubs survived for an 8-to-7 win.
Game two of a four game set tonight in Cincy.
In Cleveland, the White Sox and Indians were rained out last night, leaving the two teams to play a doubleheader today to catch up.
Former South Bend Cub Dylan Cease is set to start the opener at 3:40 this afternoon, with Carlos Rodon scheduled to start the nightcap.