The Chicago Cubs (72-86) are on a roll.
As the regular season speeds toward ending, the North Siders defeated the Cincinnati Reds (60-98) 2-1 on Oct. 1 as Seiya Suzuki hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the seventh inning, per ESPN.
The Cubs have now won six straight games.
Cincinnati needs to win three of its last fourall against Chicagoto avoid the franchise's second 100-loss season.
The teams clash again on Sunday, Oct. 2.
In San Diego, the Padres (87-71) beat the Chicago White Sox (78-80) 5-2 on Oct. 1.
By winning, the Padres reduced their magic number for clinching an NL wild card to one. They can clinch a playoff spot by beating the South Siders in the series finale on Sunday, Oct. 2.
A sloppy day and even sloppier play resulted in another loss for the Northwestern Wildcats football team (1-4).
NU lost at #11 Penn State (5-0) 17-7 on Oct. 1. The Wildcats have lost four consecutive games after winning their season opener against Nebraska in Dublin, Ireland.
According to ESPN, both teams struggled early, combining for six turnovers in the first half. The Wildcats gave the ball away nearly every time they had any momentum going.
Northwestern next hosts Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 8.
Also in college football, the University of Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-1 for the first time since 2015 after surprising/routing host Wisconsin 34-10 on Oct. 1, led by an absolutely dominant run defense.
It was Illinois' biggest road win since 2015, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and it snapped an eight-game losing streak at Camp Randall.
Wisconsin managed just two rushing yards on 24 carriesmarking the worst output on the ground by the Badgers since 2015 against … Northwestern.