CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Barrero hit a tiebreaking RBI single in a three-run fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a five-game winning streak with an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Aristides Aquino hit a three-run homer for the Reds, and Austin Romine hit a two-run double. It was Aquino’s first home run since he hit two against the Cubs on May 23.
It was the Reds’ highest-scoring game since an 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on July 30.
Joel Kuhnel (2-1) pitched two shutout innings for the win. Alexis Diaz struck out Nelson Velazquez and Ian Happ with the bases loaded in the eighth before recording his fifth save.
The Reds’ Joey Votto made his 1989 career appearance, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Larry Walker for the most in major league history for a Canadian-born player.
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The teams combined for four home runs and 10 runs in the first four innings.
Patrick Wisdom gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a two-run drive that went just inside the left field foul pole in the second. Aquino responded with his fourth home run in the bottom half, a deep shot to the bottom left deck.
The Cubs took a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fourth. Yan Gomes hit a two-run shot that tied the score and went to the first row of the second floor on the left. Christopher Morel went deep on the next pitch.
The Reds tied it in the bottom half with the help of a balk called up reliever Anderson Espinoza (0-2).
Reds right-hander Justin Dunn was tagged for five runs on seven hits in 3⅔ innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a right shoulder strain.
Cubs right-hander Keegan Thompson lasted just 1⅔ innings. He was charged with four runs and two hits.
Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman (3-5, 4.20 ERA), Monday’s scheduled starter at Washington, allowed five hits and four runs in a no-decision in his last start, also against the Nationals at Wrigley Field.