Votto leads Reds past Cubs 8-2
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, July 29, 2021

(photo courtesy of Chicago Cubs)

Votto leads Reds past Cubs 8-2
(CHICAGO) – Joey Votto homered twice for the second consecutive day, going deep in his fifth straight game to match a Cincinnati record as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Wednesday night. Tyler Mahle tossed six scoreless innings for the Reds, who beefed up their bullpen again by acquiring right-hander Mychal Givens from Colorado before the game. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama each had two RBI, and Jesse Winker doubled twice and drove in a run. The 37 year old Votto is the ninth hitter in Reds history, dating to 1900, to homer in five straight games. It was his 15th career multi-homer game. The 2010 NL MVP launched a 1-1 curveball from Zach Davies deep into the left-field bleachers leading off the second. Votto tagged Cory Abbott for a two-run shot to center on a 3-1 fastball in the ninth, giving him 19 homers this season and seven during his five-game surge. It comes at a perfect time for the Reds, who need to get on a roll to close ground on NL Central-leading Milwaukee or a wild-card spot. Mahle (8-3) scattered five hits and walked one in his first win since June 16. Newly acquired relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson followed with a scoreless inning each in their Reds debuts before Ryan Hendrix allowed two runs in the ninth, on RBI singles by David Bote and Ian Happ. Nico Hoerner and Patrick Widsom  each had two hits for fading Chicago. The Cubs have dropped two straight and seven of 11. Davies (6-7) was tagged for four runs and seven hits. The wiry right-hander struck out eight but walked four.

Milwaukee 7 – Pittsburgh 3
NY Mets 2 – Atlanta 1
LA Dodgers 8 – San Francisco 0
Washington at Philadelphia - postponed