The Cubs return home for seven straight games after a successful 8-2 road trip gave them some much-needed momentum.
“My hope doesn’t need reinvigorating,” Chicago manager Dusty Baker said. “I had hope regardless.”
Neifi Perez hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth inning against his former team as the Cubs wrapped up an impressive stretch away from Wrigley Field with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
“Stranger things have happened,” said Cubs closer Ryan Dempster, who worked the ninth for his 13th straight save and 27th in 29 chances overall. “We’ve got to keep playing hard. I think absolutely we put too much pressure on ourselves (earlier). We’d be four games back and try to make up three games in one.”
Maddux won both his starts on the road trip to improve to 12-11 on the year. The veteran right-hander is still holding out hope of reaching the 15-win plateau for the 18th straight season.
Maddux has only been mediocre against the Reds in his career, going 17-15 with a 3.67 ERA in 45 career starts.