CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Senzel had three hits, scored four times and cut down a runner at the plate, helping Tanner Roark and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Sunday.
Led by Senzel, the top third of Cincinnati’s lineup collected seven of the Reds’ season-high 17 hits. Joey Votto singled twice in his third consecutive multihit game, and Eugenio Suarez finished with two hits and three RBIs.
The last-place Reds also got five scoreless innings from Roark (4-3) in the rubber game of their weekend set against the NL Central leaders. Cincinnati lost 14 of its previous 19 series against Chicago.
The Cubs were hurt by a shaky performance by Jose Quintana (4-4), and their decidedly dreary afternoon got even worse when Kris Bryant departed with an injury after colliding with center fielder Jason Heyward in the sixth inning.
With two outs and Senzel on first, Heyward and Bryant converged on Suarez’s fly ball toward the gap in right-center. It looked as if Heyward called off Bryant on the play, but they ran into each other and the ball went off Heyward’s glove.
Bryant, a natural third baseman who occasionally plays the outfield, stayed down as Senzel scored and Suarez hustled into third. Chicago manager Joe Maddon and a trainer ran out to take a look, and the 2016 NL MVP gingerly walked off the field after a short conversation.
The loss of Bryant for any extended period of time would be a big blow for Chicago, which leads the division by 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee. Bryant is batting .345 (30 for 87) with nine homers and 21 RBIs in May.
Senzel singled and scored in the first and third innings. He was nearly picked off in the third, but second baseman Daniel Descalso dropped a throw during the rundown. The rookie was shaken up when he collided with David Bote as he got into second, but he stayed in and scampered home on Suarez’s sacrifice fly.
The Cubs strung together three consecutive singles with two out in the bottom half of the third, but Senzel threw out Anthony Rizzo when he attempted to score from second on Willson Contreras’ liner to center.
Contreras and Javier Baez homered for Chicago, and Anthony Rizzo added two hits. But it wasn’t nearly enough on a tough day for Quintana, who allowed five earned runs and a career-high 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Backup catcher Victor Caratini worked the ninth for the Cubs and surrendered Curt Casali’s first homer of the season, a two-run drive to left.
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Roark allowed six hits, struck out nine and walked one while improving to 5-1 in seven career appearances at Wrigley Field. The right-hander is from Wilmington, Illinois, about 60 miles south of Chicago, and played college ball at the University of Illinois.
Reds: 2B Scooter Gennett (right groin) is taking ground balls and swinging the bat. Manager David Bell said there is no timetable for his return, but thought it might be two to three weeks before he starts playing in rehab games. “I think it’s one of those injuries where when he’s good to go, it might be best to take one more week just to be sure,” Bell said. “For his mind, more than anything.” Gennett got hurt during spring training.
Reds: RHPs Luis Castillo (5-1, 2.38 ERA) and Sonny Gray (1-4, 3.78 ERA) start Monday in a day-night doubleheader at home against Pittsburgh. Gray is coming off his first win with Cincinnati, pitching six effective innings in a 3-0 victory at Milwaukee.
Cubs: LHP Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.38 ERA) faces Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (4-5, 4.11 ERA) on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Houston. Hamels pitched a season-low four innings in Wednesday night’s 8-4 victory over Philadelphia.
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