Jonathan India homered and drove in a career-high five runs while Wade Miley threw seven scoreless innings as the Cincinnati Reds sent the visiting Chicago Cubs to their 12th straight loss, 14-5, Monday night.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto had three hits to pass 2,000 for his career and join Billy Williams (1971) as the only players in MLB history to reach 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 1,000 RBIs in the same season. His RBI single in Cincinnati’s eight-run seventh gave him 2,001 for his career.
Miley (10-4) scattered four hits while striking out seven and walking one to join Tyler Mahle as a 10-game winner on the Cincinnati staff. It was also Miley’s 14th straight start without a losing decision (6-0 with eight no-decisions), dating to a May 19 loss against San Francisco.
The Reds, winners in nine of 13, reached double figures in runs for a major league-leading 18th time and the seventh time in a Miley start this season.
The Cubs have been outscored 64-24 in the last six games of their 12-game skid.
After stranding two runners in each of the first three innings, the Reds finally broke through in the fourth with two outs when India crushed a Justin Steele fastball 424 feet to the second deck in left field for a 2-0 Cincinnati lead.
India’s 16th homer of the season was also Cincinnati’s 29th of the season from the leadoff spot in the order, a new franchise record, one more than the 28 by the 1987 club.
Steele (2-2) worked around trouble in each inning, especially in the third, when Nick Castellanos reached on an infield single, and Votto singled up the middle and off the second base for his 1,999th career hit.
With Steele out of the game, Aristides Aquino launched a 442-foot, two-run home run to the second deck in left off Michael Rucker in the fifth for a 4-0 lead.
The Cubs had their best threat against Miley in the seventh when David Bote opened with a single and Robinson Chirinos was hit by a pitch. But Miley regrouped to strike out Jason Heyward and Johneshwy Fargas before Sergio Alcantara grounded back to the mound for a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
The Cubs wiped out the shutout bid in the eighth against Heath Hembree when Robinson Chirinos doubled in two runs and Jason Heyward doubled home Chirinos. Pinch hitter Ian Happ greeted Jeff Hoffman with a two-run double to make it a five-run eighth.
–Field Level Media