Reds power past Cubs as 4-run 6th leads to 13-6 win

Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds

CHICAGO (AP) – Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in a four-run sixth inning and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of two late Chicago errors in a 13-6 victory over the Cubs on Monday night.

Duvall, who was called up from Triple-A earlier Monday, snapped a 5-5 tie with his pinch-hit homer off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm (2-4), who surrendered all four runs in one-third of an inning. Grimm started the inning by walking Ivan DeJesus Jr. and then gave up the home run to Suarez that tied it.

The Reds, who entered Monday having lost five of their last six, used the rally to erase a two-run deficit.

Cincinnati tackled on six unearned runs in the ninth off Chicago relievers Travis Wood and James Russell after second baseman Starlin Castro committed two of his three errors in the inning.

Ryan Mattheus (2-4) picked up the win in relief while Aroldis Chapman pitched 1 2-3 innings to earn his 26th save in 28 chances.

Fresh off Jake Arrieta’s nationally televised no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night, the Cubs, who have lost five of six, took a 5-3 lead during a four-run fifth.

Addison Russell doubled in two runs before Kyle Schwarber followed with an RBI single and Kris Bryant delivered a two-out RBI single past two diving Cincinnati infielders. Russell had a solo home run in the ninth.

The rally chased Cincinnati starter Michael Lorenzen, who was also called up from Triple-A on Monday. Lorenzen allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings while walking one and striking out five.

The Reds built a 3-1 lead in the fifth when Brandon Phillips drove a two-out, two-run single past diving third baseman Tommy LaStella.

The go-ahead single came after Kyle Hendricks intentionally walked Joey Votto to get to Phillips.

Hendricks gave up three earned runs in five innings, scattering five hits while walking three and striking out four.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third on Dexter Fowler’s solo homer into the basket in the corner in left field. The Reds tied it in the fourth on DeJesus’ two-out RBI single, scoring Votto, who singled earlier in the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Brennan Boesch (ankle contusion) was placed on the DL late Sunday. The Reds recalled Duvall on Monday from Triple-A Louisville to fill Boesch’s roster spot. Boesch has been out since Aug. 23 when he fouled a pitch off his ankle.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (7-10, 3.84) will be trying to end a four-game skid that dates to Aug. 4, while Cubs RHP Dan Haren (8-9, 3.90) will be looking for his first win since Aug. 11, after losing two out of his last three starts.

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