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CHICAGO — As the Chicago Cubs are trying to figure out how to re-establish their offense three games removed from a string of five games when they couldn’t manage more than one run Jeff Samardzija Jersey , they will take wins any way they can get them.Enter David Bote, who has twice recently delivered victories with walk-off home runs, did it again Friday to send the Cubs into Saturday’s matinee against the Cincinnati Reds with a three-game winning streak.Bote smacked a solo home run in the 10th inning on Friday to give the Cubs a 3-2 win that also included a go-ahead homer by newcomer Daniel Murphy in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie.Article continues below ...Chicago has suddenly rediscovered their winning ways to maintain a cushion over the suddenly surging St. Louis Cardinals and will look to extend its winning streak to four games as its weekend series with Cincinnati continues at Wrigley Field.“Every win is a win,” Bote said in a televised postgame interview with NBC Sports Chicago. “We’ll take them the best we can get them. This is a great team win. We played well and got it done.”Jose Quintana will start for the Cubs on Saturday. Quintana (10-9, 4.36 ERA) has not won since Aug. 3 and has given up five earned runs in two of his past three starts. He was markedly better in his most recent outing, however, when he allowed just one run and four hits in five innings of a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Quintana is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.The Reds will enter Saturday’s game having lost three straight games and four of their last five. Cincinnati has managed just three runs in the trio of consecutive losses and couldn’t produce much of anything on Friday against Alec Mills http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-johnny-cueto-jersey , who made his major league debut for Chicago and limited Cincinnati to three hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight. If Cincinnati, which has been playing without All-Star first baseman Joey Votto, hopes to rebound Saturday, the Reds will have to find some offense. Eugenio Suarez forced extra innings with a solo home run in the ninth before Bote handed the Reds another loss with his dramatic walk-off with two outs and two strikes in the 10th.Votto is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list (lower leg contusion) on Sunday but told reporters Friday that he’s still not at 100 percent, which could delay his return. “I’m not there yet,” Votto said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If today was Sunday Mark Melancon Jersey , I wouldn’t be ready. I just have to put in more work and be able to be fully functional. There were some parts that weren’t 100 percent yet. We’ll get there.”Interim manager Jim Riggleman told reporters that Votto “very well” may play Sunday, but the call will come down to Votto and to the Reds’ training staff. Luis Castillo (7-10, 4.86 ERA) will start for the Reds on Saturday. He is coming off an impressive 6 2/3-inning performance against the San Francisco Giants in which he allowed just one earned run (three total) while striking out nine. Castillo is 1-0 with a 3.05 ERA in four career starts against the Cubs. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marco Gonzales has himself in position for an upbeat finish to easily the best season of his career.Now the Seattle left-hander knows for sure his final start, if he gets another one, won’t have any impact on the postseason.Robinson Cano broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the fifth inning while Gonzales allowed one hit in six innings, but the Mariners were eliminated from the AL wild-card race despite a 13-0 trouncing of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.The longest playoff drought among the four major pro sports was extended to 17 years when Oakland finished off Seattle’s fading hopes with a 3-2 win against Minnesota http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-deion-sanders-jersey , scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth about an hour after the Mariners’ victory.Seattle inherited the longest postseason absence last December when the Buffalo Bills ended a 17-year drought by making the NFL playoffs.Gonzales (13-9) faced one batter over the minimum while allowing his fewest hits in 42 career starts for his first win since July 29. The left-hander walked one and got a double play grounder from Jurickson Profar right after allowing a single to Delino DeShields.The 26-year-old Gonzales allowed two hits twice this season, both times over seven innings. He had five major league wins before this breakthrough year.“At this point, I’m just trying to focus on recovery and trying to bounce back from every start and just trying to keep everything the same,” Gonzales said. “Just trying to find that beginning/middle season rhythm. That’s kind of the goal as we get towards the end here.”Manager Scott Servais wouldn’t commit to one more start for Gonzales, who has made 28 after a career-high eight last year — one for St. Louis and seven for the Mariners following a trade.“It certainly looks like he’s got plenty left in the tank,” Servais said. “He does want to finish it off.”Mike Zunino connected for his 20th homer , a solo shot in the sixth as the Mariners topped their previous season high of 12 runs. Cano Alen Hanson Jersey , who added an RBI double and had three hits, has nine homers — five since returning from an 80-game drug suspension Aug. 14.Dee Gordon connected for his third homer, a two-run shot in the eighth off Bartolo Colon in the 45-year-old’s fourth relief appearance to go with 24 starts. Mitch Haniger extended his hitting streak to 11 games with three hits and scored three runs.Mike Minor (12-8) allowed six hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts for the last-place Rangers, who matched their largest losing margin of the season in their 11th loss in 15 games.“What hurt him more than anything was just the pitch count,” interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. “He made the one mistake to Cano and that cost him. He pitched out of some jams, but it was some really good fastballs, elevated fastballs.”CRANKING CANOThe eight-time All-Star is 11 of 15 on a four-game hitting streak. His four RBIs were a season high.DRAB DAYS INDEEDThe Rangers were shut out for the third time in five games on their final homestand http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , a day after manager Jeff Banister was fired and replaced by Wakamatsu. The 13-run margin matched a 16-3 loss to Cleveland on July 21.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: LHP James Paxton, who is battling pneumonia and flu, threw a bullpen session. Manager Scott Servais said Paxton is hoping to start Monday at home against Oakland. The Mariners finish the season with seven games in Seattle.UP NEXTMariners LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-4, 3.49 ERA) opposes fellow lefty Martin Perez (2-6, 6.33) in the Rangers’ home finale. LeBlanc is 38-39 in his 10-year career. Perez is making his first start since getting demoted to the bullpen Aug. 29. He had a 2.45 ERA in six relief appearances after the move. Perez’s past three outings were scoreless.
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