BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
The Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Thursday night, beginning a four game series matchup against the two teams.
The game started out with the Cubs getting a pair of runs in the third on a two RBI double courtesy of second baseman Javier Baez, but the Reds responded in the sixth inning with third baseman Eugenio Suarez getting an RBI bases loaded walk to cut the lead in half, followed by right fielder Jesse Winker hitting a grand slam home run to take the lead for the Reds. Center fielder Billy Hamilton added on an RBI single as both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the game, leading to the Reds going on to win 6-2.
Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey went six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk on the way to earning the win. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks went five and two-thirds innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits and four walks in the loss. Reds reliever Jared Hughes earned the save.
“We put together some great at-bats,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Votto had a walk in there, too.”
The teams will play again on Friday night.