Votto, Naquin homer, Reds deal Cubs 8th straight loss, 3-2


Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto high-fives teammates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati, Saturday, July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto and Tyler Naquin homered, the Cincinnati bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and the Reds beat Chicago 3-2 on Saturday, the eighth straight loss for the reeling Cubs.

The Reds hopped over the Cubs into second place in the NL Central, behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

Eugenio Suárez drove in the decisive run with a single in the seventh inning.

Tyler Mahle allowed two runs and five hits and struck out seven over five innings for the Reds. The bullpen was terrific for the second straight game, allowing two Chicago hits the rest of the way.

Ryan Hendrix (4-1), the second of four Cincinnati relievers, got the win. Heath Hembree pitched the ninth for his second save in two days.

Adbert Alzolay (4-8) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Cubs.

Mahle pitched out a bases-loaded jam in the first. Rafael Ortego scored on a passed ball in the second, and Kris Bryant homered in the third for a 2-0 lead.

Votto homered to center field with two out in the fourth, and Naquin tied the game with a booming shot into the right-field seats leading off the fifth.

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