Reds 9, Cubs 5
CHICAGO — John Lackey’s winless streak stretched to five games, Chicago manager Joe Maddon was ejected and the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Cubs 9-5 Tuesday behind Zack Cozart’s 13th home run.
Lackey (7-5) allowed six runs — five earned — six hits and five walks in six innings, dropping to 0-3 in his past five starts. The Cubs have lost five of their last six games and 10 of 15.
Maddon got ejected for the second time this season. David Ross was batting in the second, took a 3-0 pitch and started heading to first, only for plate umpire Jerry Meals to call a strike. Maddon got tossed by Meals as he protested from the dugout, then came out for a spirited argument that lasted a few more minutes.
Joey Votto added two RBI and Jay Bruce homered as the Reds beat the Cubs for the second time in 12 games this season after nearly blowing a 5-0 lead. Cincinnati won for just the third time in 14 games overall.
Cozart doubled and scored in the fourth. He also went deep in Monday’s loss.
Kris Bryant hit his major league-leading 25th home run for Chicago. Addison Russell went deep twice, giving him two homers in the past three games. Javier Baez also connected against Brandon Finnegan (4-7).
Finnegan gave up five runs and five hits in five innings, including four homers that matched Jon Moscot’s season-high for Cincinnati at Colorado on May 31. He had lasted a career-low 2 1/3 innings against Washington in his previous start.
Bryant, Baez and Russell each connected in a four-run third. Russell added a solo drive in the fifth that cut it to 6-5.
Votto made it a two-run game with an RBI double off Travis Wood in the seventh and Bruce bumped the lead to 9-5 with a two-run drive against Pedro Strop in the ninth.
Raisel Iglesias pitched two-hit ball over three scoreless innings in relief for Cincinnati. Suburban Chicago product Tony Cingrani, celebrating his 27th birthday, worked the ninth.
Reds: Reliever Jumbo Diaz was available after getting a day off because of a sore right ankle. The right-hander was struck by a line drive at Washington on Sunday.
Cubs: Bryant, who started at third base, was still a little sore following Monday’s outfield collision with CF Albert Almora Jr. He bruised his lower left leg while making a catch in left in the fifth when Almora ran into him, and he exited in the bottom half. Bryant acknowledged the season-ending knee injury Kyle Schwarber sustained in a collision playing left field in early April crossed his mind. “Anytime it’s with the knee and it goes the way it’s not supposed to go, it’s scary,” he said. “Sitting there on the ground, it looked straight to me so I was like, `Maybe it’s not too bad.”
RHP Adam Warren (3-1, 4.56 ERA) is to make a spot start for Chicago after getting stretched out in the minors while RHP Anthony DeSclafani (2-0, 1.78) is to pitch for Cincinnati.
Cubs 10, Reds 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his NL-best 24th home run before leaving with a bruised leg, Willson Contreras and Addison Russell also went deep, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the struggling Cincinnati Reds 10-4 on Monday.
Playing the NL Central’s last-place team was just what the major league-leading Cubs needed after getting outscored 32-11 in a four-game sweep by the Mets in New York.
The Reds, meanwhile, continued their slide. They fired pitching coach Mark Riggins in an effort to shake up a staff with the majors’ worst ERA, then lost for the 11th time in 13 games.
Bryant hit a two-run drive in the second inning and scored three times before exiting with a bruised lower left leg in the fifth. He was hurt making a catch in left field in the top half when center fielder Albert Almora Jr. ran into him. Matt Szczur batted for Bryant in the bottom half.
Contreras capped a three-run second with a solo drive off Cody Reed (0-3) that made it 6-0. Russell drove in three runs and scored two.
Kyle Hendricks (7-6) gave up an unearned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Cubs started a four-game homestand on a winning note after going 4-7 on their longest trip of the season.
Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez hit back-to-back home runs for Cincinnati in the seventh. But with Reed struggling again, the Reds never had much of a chance.
The left-hander gave up eight runs — four earned — and five hits in four innings after getting pounded at home by the Cubs last week. He also walked three and hit two batters with pitches as his ERA remained at 9.00 after four career starts.
The Cubs, who swept three games in Cincinnati last week, scored three runs in each of the first two innings.
Bryant’s towering drive to center in the second left him two homers shy of his total last season on the way to winning the NL Rookie of the Year award. He connected after going deep six times during the 11-game trip.
Contreras’ homer — a shot to left — was his fifth since being called up from Triple-A on June 17.