CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Barrero hit a game-tying RBI single in Cincinnati’s fifth-inning three-run, and the Reds snapped a five-game slide with an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
“It meant a lot that I could contribute to the win,” Barrero said through an interpreter. “I felt better today. I still have to work on a few points. I’m working on reducing my momentum and trying to hit it in the middle.”
Aristides Aquino hit a three-point drive for Cincinnati, and Austin Romine doubled two points at home. It was Aquino’s first homer since hitting two against the Cubs on May 23.
“I didn’t really think about my last home run when I went home,” Aquino said. “I just enjoyed the game and the process and I’m doing my best.”
It was the Reds’ highest-scoring game since an 8-2 win over Baltimore on July 30.
Joel Kuhnel (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Alexis Díaz retired Nelson Velázquez and Ian Happ with the bases loaded in the eighth before completing his fifth save.
“To come to this place and not give up any points is huge,” Reds manager David Bell said. “You expect him to give up a run and we still have the lead, but stopping him completely against those two hitters is really special. I think for any pitcher to get five outs to end the game is special. He looked really comfortable, not that it was easy.”
Five Reds relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto made his 1,989th career appearance, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Larry Walker for the most Canadian-born players in major league history.
The teams combined for four homers and 10 runs through the first four innings.
Patrick Wisdom gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a two-run drive that dug just inside the left-field foul post in second. Aquino responded with his fourth homer in the bottom half, a drive deep into the lower left deck.
Chicago took a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fourth. Yan Gomes hit a shot tying a two-point shot that reached the front row of the second deck from the left. Christopher Morel then went deep on the next pitch.
“We had quality appearances,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Back to back was fun.
The Reds equalized in the bottom half with the help of a denial called reliever Anderson Espinoza (0-2).
Cincinnati right-hander Justin Dunn was scored for five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He had been sidelined with a sprained right shoulder.
Chicago right-hander Keegan Thompson lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He was charged with four runs and two hits.
“He was getting ahead in the count, 0-2 and 1-2, but he couldn’t put them away,” Ross said. “They hit a lot of foul balls that turned into steps. He couldn’t finish the at-bats.”
Cincinnati’s Kyle Farmer had three points in the last two games. Jake Fraley scored all three.
Reds: OF Nick Senzel started in fourth with a tight right hamstring. … RHP Art Warren (right-hand man) was scheduled to make his fourth rehab appearance for Single-A Dayton against Lansing. Warren has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 4.
Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-5, 4.20 ERA), a starter slated for Monday in Washington, allowed five hits and four runs for a no-decision decision in his last start, also against the Nationals in Chicago.
Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-9, 6.24) hasn’t won in nine starts heading into Monday’s game against Philadelphia at Cincinnati.