CINCINNATI Ian Happ, Willson Contreras and Franmil Reyes homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the stumbling Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Saturday night.
Happ hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and a three-run shot in the seventh, continuing his long haul of success in Cincinnati. The All-Star outfielder, who starred at the University of Cincinnati prior to the Cubs selected him in the initial round of the 2015 draft, has 16 career homers at Great American Ball Park.
Reyes two-run blast in the fourth was his first homer since he was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians on Monday.
This is an extremely nice team win, Cubs manager David Ross said. Reyes had the big home run that gave us the lead. We’d good at-bats along the lineup.
Kyle Farmer had two hits and two RBIs for the last-place Reds, who’ve dropped five straight and seven of 10. Graham Ashcraft (5-3) was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits in 6 innings.
The Cubs and Reds resumed their series in Cincinnati after playing in Thursday nights Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa.
After Farmer slice the Cubs result in 3-2 having an RBI single in the fifth, Sean Newcomb replaced Adrian Sampson and struck out three straight batters to strand two runners. Newcomb (1-0) had five strikeouts in two innings for the win.
Reyes lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 lead having an opposite-field drive in to the visitors bullpen in the right-field corner in the fourth. It had been his 10th homer of the growing season.
Were really pleased to have him here, Sampson said. Hes fit right in.
Happs 10th home run managed to get 6-2, and Contreras tacked on a solo drive in the ninth, his 17th.
(Happs) going excellent at this time, Ross said. Hes got plenty of confidence in himself. Hes been the consistent, solid player weve needed all season.
Cubs and Reds players walk onto the field prior to the Field of Dreams game on Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)