CINCINNATI — Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit three-run homers in the sixth inning as the Cincinnati Reds finally broke through against the Cubs’ dominant pitching, beating the Chicago 13-5 on Saturday night.
A victory would have given the Cubs (13-5) their best start since 1907, the year they won the first of their back-to-back World Series titles. A four-homer splurge ended Chicago’s domination of its NL Central rival.
This series opened with Jake Arrieta’s second career no-hitter in a 16-0 win Thursday night. Jon Lester kept it going, throttling the Reds in an 8-1 victory the following night. John Lackey couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning on Saturday night.
Suarez’s homer off Lackey (3-1) put the Reds up 5-3 and started a seven-run inning. Duvall connected off Trevor Cahill, and Scott Schebler followed with a solo homer. The Reds hadn’t hit three homers in an inning since 2012.
Joey Votto later hit a two-run shot on a night when the Reds gave away Votto superhero bobbleheads. The four homers were a season high for Cincinnati, as were the 13 runs.
Blake Wood (2-0) got the win in relief of Dan Straily, who gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings, including Addison Russell’s homer.
Cincinnati’s comeback ended the Cubs’ streak of eight straight wins over the Reds since last season. They’d gone 5-0 against the Reds this season, outscoring them 46-7. Chicago had won its last six games in Cincinnati overall, its best such streak since 1945-46.