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Once pitcher Mike Lorenzen homered J'Mon Moore Color Rush Jersey , the Cincinnati Reds got rolling again.

Lorenzen connected for a pinch-hit shot to begin Cincinnati's comeback, Jesse Winker added a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a big seventh, and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 Sunday for their seventh straight win.

Lorenzen's homer was the third of his career and second in two games by a Reds pitcher. Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam on Saturday, the first by a Reds pitcher since 1959.

"In a game like today we feel like we're not meant to lose," Lorenzen said.

The last-place Reds completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs for the first time since 1983 at Riverfront Stadium. Their winning streak is their longest since a 10-game surge in July 2012.

"We know what we can do," Winker said. "It is cool coming to the field and expecting to win. We're in June right now. We are taking care of June. To win a game, it takes a group effort. There's plenty of season left. We're going to keep grinding good at bats. It's been a lot of fun."

After Chicago scored five times in the fifth, Lorenzen homered in the bottom half.

The Reds trailed 6-1 going into the seventh. Winker went opposite field on Pedro Strop's first pitch after relieving Mike Montgomery to cut Chicago's lead to 6-5.

Joey Votto delivered the go-ahead double as the next four batters reached against Strop (3-1), who retired just two of the nine batters he faced in his first appearance since Tuesday.

"Strop had plenty of rest - maybe too much Mark Walton Color Rush Jersey ," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I felt like he was the right guy. It just didn't work. They got two pinch-hit homers, one by a pitcher. They had some great at-bats."

Said Strop: "It's always good to be fresh."

"I'm not blaming that. I didn't feel like I had command of my fastball. I think that was the key. I was getting behind hitters, and I was a little bit too fine when I got ahead," he said.

Jose Peraza drove in two runs and Tucker Barnhart had the game-tying RBI as the Reds set a season high for runs.

"We've never quit," manager Jim Riggleman said. "We've always battled. It's Major League Baseball. You better keep playing for nine innings. We had that stretch where we were down three or four runs in the early innings. We were competitive and came back in some of them. As of late, we haven't had to do that. The starters have done a good job."

Seven runs are the most allowed in one inning this season by the Cubs, who have lost six of their last eight.

"You don't change things," Maddon said. "You still eat. You still sleep. You still pet your puppy."

The Reds overcame a fifth-inning two-run homer by slumping Anthony Rizzo, who went 1-for-14 in the series, and a solo shot by Albert Almora Jr. off Jackson Stephens (1-0) Kenny Young Color Rush Jersey , which gave Chicago a 6-1 lead in the seventh.

Amir Garrett had three strikeouts in the eighth before Raisel Iglesias picked up his 13th save.

Montgomery started in place of Tyler Chatwood, who left for Chicago early Sunday morning when his wife went into labor. The left-hander kept the Reds scoreless until Lorenzen's homer with two outs in the fifth inning.

START OVER

Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez went 0 for 3 before leaving in a double switch, snapping his hitting streak at a career-high 13 games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

BIG STEP

Cubs RHP Yu Darvish is expected to throw 75 pitches or four to five innings of his first rehab start on Monday with Single-A South Bend. Darvish has been out since May 20 with right triceps tendinitis.

QUICK RETURN

The Reds activated OF Scott Schebler from the bereavement list before Sunday's after missing three games, the minimum amount of time he could spend on the list. OF Phillip Ervin was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Schebler went 1 for 3 with two walks.

WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR

Sunday's game was the Cubs' last in Cincinnati this season. The remaining 10 games between the two teams will be played in Chicago.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant missed his second straight start and is day-to-day with a sore left shoulder.

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey, out since June 2 with right knee inflammation, threw 86 pitches in six innings of a rehab start with Triple-A Louisville on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Duane Underwood will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa to make his major league debut as Chicago tries to keep its starters on regular rest.

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (6-6) is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in four June starts.

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Alex Ovechkin heard the chants loud and clear.

"We want 50! We want 50!"

He didn't need that extra encouragement. Ovechkin scored twice to finish with an NHL-leading 49 goals and played almost the final two minutes of the Washington Capitals‘ 5-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night in each team's regular-season finale trying to reach 50 for the eighth time in his career.

The Russian superstar will have to settle for his seventh Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the league's top goal-scorer and hopes his recent run continues in the playoffs, where the Metropolitan Division-champion Capitals will open against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Effort was there, and you can see I'm ready for playoffs in pretty good shape," Ovechkin said after a playing 6:04 of the final 8:10. "Still have a pretty good chance at the end. It is what it is. Whatever. The most important thing ahead of us www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/au... , and second season right now starts in a couple days."

Washington won 12 of its final 15 games, and Ovechkin strengthened his Hart Trophy case with nine goals and six assists over that time. At 32, he's the oldest player to lead the NHL in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.

Ovechkin became the 13th player and first since Mike Gartner in 1990-91 to score exactly 49 goals in a season. His teammates did their best trying to get him to 50, and Ovechkin attempted 18 shots and got eight on net in pursuit of the milestone.

"We look for him a little bit more than usually, but I don't know," said center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who assisted on Ovechkin's 48th goal to reach 56 for the season. "I don't think he's sad about he didn't get 50, but 49 is still a good number."

Losing in regulation sends New Jersey to the Atlantic bracket in the Eastern Conference to face the division champion: either the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning. It's the Bruins if they beat Florida on Sunday night, and the Lightning if they don't.

"We like our matchup against anybody," Devils center Brian Boyle said. "I think we match up well against anyone. We believe in what we got going on here. We earned the right to be in. It's been a good season. The fun starts now."

The Devils didn't go all-out to try to move up in the standings Authentic Lamar Jackson Jersey , resting MVP front-runner Taylor Hall, first-line winger Kyle Palmieri, top-six center Travis Zajac, No. 1 defenseman Sami Vatanen and starting goaltender Keith Kinkaid with an eye toward the playoffs. Trade-deadline pickup Patrick Maroon had a goal and two assists, and rookie Nico Hischier and Miles Wood each scored for New Jersey.

"There's a reason that you got here," coach John Hynes said. "You have to have a strong identity, which we do. You have to be able to play to that."

The Capitals' identity is coming into focus as they go into the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season feeling good about their game. Nicklas Backstrom, Michal Kempny and Andre Burakovsky also scored against New Jersey, and Braden Holtby stopped 23 of the 26 shots in his final chance to show he deserves to be Washington's Game 1 starting goaltender over Philipp Grubauer.

Holtby is 14-2-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in his career against Columbus, which lost to Nashville in its final game while resting stars Artemi Panarin www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/aut... , Seth Jones and Zach Werenski and two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

"They're a good young team and they have a great goaltender, but for me it doesn't matter against who you play," Kuznetsov said. "It's just like a fun time. You prepare all year for this moments."

NOTES: The Capitals rested RW T.J. Oshie, who has been dealing with a lower-body injury. C Jay Beagle missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. ... With the primary assist on Kempny's goal, Capitals F Shane Gersich picked up his first NHL point in his third game. ... Ovechkin, Capitals D Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson and Hischier played all 82 games this season.

UP NEXT

Devils: Open at the Bruins or Lightning in their first playoff appearance since 2012.

Capitals: Host the Blue Jackets to start the first round.

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RE: The Minnesota
This article has touched my heart. Might also be that I am too sentimental, but it is a great piece of writing.

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