Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs to power the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-4 win over the host Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez also homered for the Reds, who snapped a two-game skid. Kyle Farmer finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run to lead the Cubs. Patrick Wisdom and Kris Bryant each hit a solo homer, and Rafael Ortega went 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Cincinnati right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (5-3) limited Cubs hitters to two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out five before giving way to the bullpen at the 109-pitch mark.
Chicago right-hander Adbert Alzolay (4-11) suffered his seventh loss in a row. He gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out four.
The Reds jumped to a 2-0 lead with a pair of home runs in the first. Winker opened the scoring with his 21st homer, extending his career high, and Votto followed two batters later with another solo shot – the fourth straight game he had homered.
The Cubs pulled even at 2-2 in the bottom of the first. Rizzo pulled a 94 mph fastball to right field for his 14th homer of the season and his third in as many games.
Cincinnati pulled back in front, 3-2, after Tyler Naquin doubled to deep right field and came in to score on a single by Farmer.
Votto hit his second homer of the game and his 17th of the season to make it 4-2 in the third. It was his 312th career homer, which trails only Johnny Bench (389) and Frank Robinson (324) in team history.
In the sixth, Suarez joined the homer parade with a 398-foot blast to center field. It was his 19th homer.
Cincinnati added two more runs in the ninth to make it 7-2. Aristides Aquino ripped a double to left to score Farmer, and Jonathan India doubled in the next at-bat to score Aquino.
The Cubs pulled within 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth after solo home runs by Wisdom and Bryant. It was the 15th homer of the season for Wisdom and the 18th for Bryant.
–Field Level Media