Bryant nicked, lefty Rizzo plays 3B, Cubs beat Reds

The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right, advances to second ahead of a tag from Reds shortstop Zack Cozart on a wild pitch by relief pitcher Kevin Shackelford in the fifth inning of the Aug. 22, 2017, game in Cincinnati. Chicago won 13-9. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

CINCINNATI — Cubs star Kris Bryant exited after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, and lefty Anthony Rizzo wound up playing third base as Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-9 Tuesday night for their seventh win in nine games.

The defending World Series champions moved a season-high 10 games over .500. This victory came with a late offensive surge, with the Cubs scoring nine runs in the last three innings.

Bryant was taken out as a precaution after being plunked in the ninth. Minus the NL MVP and ahead 13-6, manager Joe Maddon shifted Rizzo across the diamond from first base for his first career appearance at third — a rare spot for a left-hander. Rizzo didn’t get any plays at the position.

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