With a win in the opener at Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds' magic number to clinch the NL Central is down to four.
The Chicago Cubs have a far less glamorous magic number, one that will keep them from finishing with 100 losses.
The Reds look to move closer to their second division title in three years and continue their dominance over the lowly Cubs on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati (89-59) finished with four hits Tuesday, but took advantage of Justin Germano's command problems in 3-1 win. Germano walked the first three batters in the sixth inning - Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce - and was promptly pulled. Ryan Hanigan then greeted reliever Manny Corpas with a bases-clearing double to help the Reds beat the Cubs for the seventh time in eight meetings since Aug. 10.
"We had just enough offense to win," Dusty Baker said after his 3,000th game as manager. "Just a big victory for us, back to 30 over and one step closer."
The Reds, who haven't been 31 over .500 since Sept. 30, 1...