De La Rosa, Happ save the day, lead still 1 1/2 – MLB.com

CHICAGO — It’s literally everybody in as far as the Cubs’ bullpen is concerned.

Without a designated closer, Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned to veteran Jorge De La Rosa on Friday night and the left-hander notched his first save in his 426th career game. Ian Happ smacked a three-run homer with one out in the seventh, and De La Rosa got the final three outs in the Cubs’ 3-2 victory over the Reds in a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field.

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The win helped the Cubs maintain their 1 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the Brewers, who beat the Pirates, 7-4, on Friday.

Video: [email protected]: Maddon on Baez’s defense, Happ’s HR in win

“We made good pitches when we had to, made great plays when we had to, one big hit when we needed it, and pretty entertaining evening,” Maddon said.

Trailing 2-0 against the Reds’ David Hernandez, Victor Caratini singled to lead off the seventh and David Bote reached on an error by third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Bote was forced out at second on pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella’s grounder, and Happ followed with his 15th homer of the season.

“That can be very big for [Happ],” Maddon said. “He’s been battling. I’ve had a lot of conversations with him. By no means has he ever quit or given up. He’s just been frustrated. That’s a big moment for him and for us.”

Video: [email protected]: Happ crushes go-ahead 3-run smash in 7th

The home run was Happ’s first at Wrigley since July 19, and ended an 0-for-15 stretch.

“It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those — it’s been a while since I’ve had a hit,” Happ said. “To get a hit in that situation, coming off what we’ve had

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