The Chicago Cubs dropped the series versus the Cincinnati Reds in a 10-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds were aggressive early, putting up two runs in the first inning against Cubs starter José Quintana. Nick Senzel and Joey Votto hit consecutive singles, followed by an RBI single from Eugenio Suárez for the first run. Yasiel Puig followed with a single, and José Iglesias grounded into a double play, scoring Votto to bring the score to 2-0.
The Cubs went 1-2-3 in the home half of the inning versus Reds starter Tanner Roark. Kyle Schwarber led off with a strikeout, Kris Bryant grounded out, and Willson Contreras struck out after singles from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez.
Senzel led off the third with a single for the Reds and was initially picked off at second, but remained on the base after a missed catch error by Daniel Descalso. Votto singled and Suárez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Senzel, and putting the Reds ahead 3-0.
The Reds added another run in the sixth inning, making the score 4-0. Jesse Winker singled, Curt Casali walked, and pinch hitter Kyle Farmer doubled for the RBI.
Carl Edwards Jr took over for Quintana after the Farmer double and threw a wild pitch with Casali scoring. He then walked Senzel. Votto hit a sac fly to score Farmer, and Senzel scored during a fielding error from Bryant. Bryant exited the game with an injury after a collision with Jason Heyward in the outfield and was replaced by Albert Almora Jr at right field, and Heyward moved to center. The inning would end with the Reds ahead 7-0.
The Cubs finally got on the board in the sixth on a solo home run from Contreras and were now trailing 7-1.
Tim Collins took the mound for the Cubs to get the third out of the sixth. David Bote moved to right field, Descalso moved to third, and Addison Russell entered the game at second base. Collins faced Casali, who singled, and Dietrich grounded out to end the inning.
Jared Hughes pitched for the Reds in the bottom of the sixth and got a strikeout from Russell and groundouts from Schwarber and Almora.
Báez hit his 13th home run of the season in the eighth inning, the Cubs' third hit of the day, to bring the score to 8-2.
Given the run deficit and the lack of availability in the bullpen, Victor Caratini pitched in the ninth and threw a first pitch strike to Iglesias. Iglesias would, however, go on to single. Winker grounded into a forceout with Iglesias out at second. José Peraza flew out to center, and Casali then hit a two run home run. Reds now ahead 10-2. Pinch hitter Josh VanMeter walked and the third out came on a flyout to center from Senzel.
VanMeter stayed in the game and played first base and Robert Stephenson took over pitching for the Reds. Bote led off and reached first on a throwing error from Suárez at third. Descalso walked, Russell flew out to left, and Schwarber struck out swinging. With one out remaining, Almora struck out to end the game.