Votto hits 2 more homers as Reds roll past Cubs 7-4

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CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Votto continued his power surge with two home runs and started a dazzling double play Tuesday night as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Votto has homered in a career-high four consecutive games for the second time (April 2018), one game shy of the team record.

The Reds hit four home runs in winning for the third time in five games. The Cubs lost for the sixth time in their last 10.

Cincinnati rookie Vladimir Gutierrez (5-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings of five-hit ball to earn the win.

Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay (4-11) allowed three home runs in five innings, increasing his National League lead to 23. Left-handed hitters have 19 homers off Alzolay, who has served up 14 long balls in his last eight starts.

This marked Votto’s 14th career multiple-homer game and first since June 29, 2017, against Milwaukee. Votto has hit safely in his last five games (8 for 19) and reached base safely in 21 straight for the second-longest active streak in the majors. DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees leads with a 36-game on-base streak.

Trailing 4-2 in the third, the Cubs mounted a rally before Votto ran from his first base position and reached across the tarp down the right field line to catch a foul pop by Willson Contreras, then turned and threw quickly to home plate, where catcher Tyler Stephenson tagged Rafael Ortega for the final out of the inning.

After the double play, Gutierrez retired 10 of the next 12 batters before Ian Happ hit a bloop double and pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom drew a walk with one out in the seventh.

Alzolay allowed a season-high seven hits in five innings, including an RBI single by Kyle Farmer in the second.

Anthony Rizzo tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run homer in the first, marking the first time he has homered in three consecutive games since May 2019.

After Rizzo’s homer, the Cubs didn’t score again until the ninth, when Wisdom and Kris Bryant homered off reliever Edgar Garcia. Wisdom’s 15 home runs lead NL rookies.

Jesse Winkler hit his 21st homer in the first off Alzolay, and Eugenio Suarez hit reliever Dan Winkler’s first pitch of the sixth for a home run.

Farmer had three of the Reds’ 11 hits, including a single that sparked a two-run ninth.

BAEZ WATCH

Cubs SS Javier Baez was scratched from the starting lineup because of a left heel bruise, and manager David Ross is prepared to potentially lose Baez for longer because of a possible suspension.

“Sure, one’s possible,” said Ross, who spoke earlier Tuesday with the commissioner’s office regarding Baez's antics toward Reds left-hander Amir Garrett following the Cubs’ 6-5 win Monday.

TRANSACTIONS

Left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan and right-hander Cory Abbott were recalled from Triple-A Iowa to the Cubs. They will fill the roster spots of left-hander Andrew Chafin, who was traded to the Oakland Athletics, and reliever Keegan Thompson, who was optioned to Iowa.

Ryan, in his fourth season with the Cubs, had a 2.52 ERA in 19 appearances with Iowa. Abbott, in his fourth stint this season with the Cubs, was 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts for Iowa.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Reds sent RHP Lucas Sims on a minor league rehabilitation assignment to Triple-A Louisville. The rehab assignment of RHP Michael Feliz was transferred from Louisville to Class A Dayton. Both pitchers are recovering from right elbow sprains.

UP NEXT

The Reds send RHP Tyler Mahle (7-3, 3.92 ERA) to the mound Wednesday, while the Cubs counter with RHP Zach Davies (6-6, 4.30).

Mahle allowed two runs in five innings last time out but did not get a decision in Cincinnati's 6-5 victory over St. Louis. Davies limited Arizona to two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-3 win Friday.

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Mark Gonzales, The Associated Press

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