The Cubs got Kris Bryant back after the third baseman missed two games with a sprained right ankle. He singled in four at-bats.
Chicago managed only three singles while losing the series opener 5-0 on Friday night. The Cubs got to Stephens the second time through the order for a 3-0 lead. Jay led off the third inning with his first homer since May 24 of last season, and Contreras added a two-run shot.
Cincinnati sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth. Adam Duvall doubled home a run, and Butler walked Tucker Barnhart to force in a run with two outs and bring up Stephens, who singled on the first pitch.
Cubs: Ben Zobrist was activated off the DL and grounded out as a pinch hitter. He missed 17 games with an injured left wrist.
Reds: SS Zack Cozart got a day off. He returned from a thigh injury and single twice on Friday night. He’ll get days off regularly as he’s eased back into a starting role.
Cubs: Jake Arrieta (7-6) makes his first start since the Washington Nationals stole seven bases against him during the Cubs’ 6-1 loss on Tuesday. Afterward, Miguel Montero blamed the pitcher’s move to the plate, prompting the Cubs to let go of the catcher a day later.
Reds: Tim Adleman (5-4) is 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA in his last seven starts. He didn’t get a decision in the Cubs’ 6-5 win at Wrigley Field on April 21 after he allowed two runs in six innings.