Baez homers twice as Cubs beat Reds 8-5
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Javier Baez hits a homer for Chicago in their win over the Reds (photo courtesy of Red Reporter)

Baez homers twice as Cubs beat Reds 8-5
(CINCINNATI) - Two homers, a deft dive to score another run, and a couple smooth-as-ever defensive plays. Vintage Javier Baez, in time to keep the Cubs' surge going. The sensational shortstop led the way offensively Tuesday night and Alec Mills went six solid innings for an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds that fit Chicago's early pattern. Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. Jason Kipnis' triple sparked the offense. Baez took it from there, emerging from a slow start that included only a pair of singles in the first four games. Mills (1-0) added to Chicago's stretch of impressive starts. Mills, who made four spot starts last season, held the Reds to two hits in six innings. Chicago's starters have a 1.80 ERA and a .131 opponent batting average this season. Baez had a hand in that too, making a couple of hit-stealing plays behind Mills. The Reds got two-run homers by Nick Castellanos, his first since signing a $64 million deal, and Freddy Galvis but fell to 1-4, tied for the worst start in the majors. Baez had a solo shot and a two-run homer as the Cubs pulled away, loudly cheering each hit and celebrating each run in the dugout.

Pittsburgh 8 – Milwaukee 6
San Diego 5 – San Francisco 3

NY Yankees at Philadelphia – postponed
Toronto 5 – Washington 1
Tampa Bay 5 – Atlanta 2
Baltimore at Miami – postponed
NY Mets 8 – Boston 3
Minnesota 6 – St. Louis 3
Arizona 4 – Texas 1
LA Dodgers 5 – Houston 2
Colorado 8 – Oakland 3