Barnhart’s 3-run HR lifts Reds over struggling Cubs 5-3

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CHICAGO— Tucker Barnhart hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago 5-3 Wednesday in the Cubs' 12th loss in 17 games.

A day after having seven players selected for next week's All-Star Game, the Cubs lost to the last-place Reds for the second time in three days and dropped below Texas for the best record in the major leagues. Cincinnati is 3-10 against the Cubs this year.

Tucker Barnhart #16 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammates following a seventh inning home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Tucker Barnhart #16 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammates following a seventh inning home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 6, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Zack Cozart homered for the third straight game, starting Cincinnati's offense with his eighth career leadoff homer.

Chicago led 3-1 when Brandon Phillips and Jose Peraza hit consecutive one-out singles against Cahill (1-3) and Barnhart sent a 2-2 sinker into the basket in center field for his third home run this year. The Reds' lone All-Star, Adam Duvall, walked and scored on Carl Edwards Jr.'s wild pitch in the eighth.