Suarez’s 2-run homer rallies Reds to 6-3 win over Cubs

Whenever the Cubs come to town, their fans fill the stands at Great American Ball Park and their offense usually carries the day. Not so for the last two.

Eugenio Suarez hit a go-ahead homer off Jose Quintana in the fifth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for their fifth straight victory Friday night, 6-3 over the Cubs .

The Reds have won the first two games in the four-game set, a recent rarity in the rivalry. It’s only the second time in the last two years that they’ve won back-to-back games in a series against Chicago. The Cubs are 43-21 against the Reds over the last four seasons.

Cincinnati’s winning streak is one shy of its season high. The Reds are last in the NL Central at 30-45.

We’re playing really good baseball right now, Suarez said . When you play like that, good things can happen.

Suarez’s two-run shot in the fifth inning off Quintana (6-6) gave him a team-high 16 homers and put the Reds ahead 4-3. Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto also singled home runs off Quintana, who had allowed only six earned runs in his last four starts combined.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo went a combined 0 for 8 with three strikeouts as Chicago’s offense struggled again, managing only four hits.

We’ve played maybe two of our least-impressive games in a month, manager Joe Maddon said. It’s just not been us playing our typical game.

The All-Star Game is at Nationals Park on July 17, and Herrera is putting together a solid case for a spot on the NL squad.

I’m playing hard, giving my best, so if it happens it’ll be great, he said via an interpreter. That’s what you work for.

Herrera is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games. His season batting average is up to .308.

I don’t think there’s any words for it. I mean it’s simply incredible what he can do, Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin said.

The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. … It can look like he’s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.

Carlos Santana homered and drove in four runs for Philadelphia. Andrew Knapp also connected and Nick Williams drove in three runs.

The Phillies had 15 hits in their fifth win in six games. They also moved ahead of Washington for second place in the NL East behind Atlanta.

To me, today was the first game where we really got blown out. That was a blowout right there, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. We’ve just got to keep our heads up, guys go home and rest, come back tomorrow and do it again.

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