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[June 23, 2018]
Eugenio Suarez homered for the
fourth time in six games, and Luis Castillo broke a four-game losing
streak as Cincinnati beat the visiting Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Friday
night, giving the Reds wins in the first two games of the four-game
The Reds trailed 3-1 to Jose Quintana on Friday before scoring three
runs in the fifth, two on Suarez's 16th home run of the season,
which followed an RBI single by Joey Votto.
Chicago lost for the fourth time in six games. The Reds have won
five in a row and eight of 10.
The Cubs trailed 1-0 and were hitless against Castillo through three
innings when Ben Zobrist, who had two of Chicago's four hits, ripped
a one-out double down the right field line in the fourth. He
eventually scored when Javy Baez caught the infield playing deep
with two outs and beat out a bunt to third base.
Kyle Schwarber ripped the next pitch, a 95 mph fastball, for a home
run to left-center field, and the Cubs led 3-1. It was Castillo's
NL-leading 18th home run allowed.
Castillo worked into the sixth inning but left with two on and two
out. Kyle Crockett, recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday,
struck out Schwarber to end the threat.
Castillo (5-8) allowed three runs on four hits with one walk with
five strikeouts. He won for the first time since May 24.
Reds reliever David Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings with
three strikeouts, and Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for
his 12th save.
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Jose Peraza singled to start the Reds' fifth inning, extending his
streak of consecutive games of reaching base safely to 22. He stole
second, and one out later, Votto laced a line drive single to center
for his 37th RBI, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Suarez then crushed an 86 mph changeup from Quintana to center
field, estimated at 421 feet. He went 3-for-4 with his 16th homer,
extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Quintana (6-6) was done after the fifth inning, having allowed four
runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts. It was his
first loss to the Reds in three decisions.
The Reds scored insurance runs in the seventh and eighth on RBI
singles by Adam Duvall and Alex Blandino, respectively.
--Field Level Media
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