Votto homers twice in Reds' 7-4 win over the Cubs
By: Mike Stiles - Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Anthony Rizzo launches a homer against Cincinnati (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Votto homers twice in Reds' 7-4 win over the Cubs
(CHICAGO) – Joey Votto continued his power surge with two home runs and started a dazzling double play Tuesday night as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Votto has homered in a career-high four consecutive games for the second time (April 2018), one game shy of the team record. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez also connected as the Reds won for the third time in five games. Cincinnati rookie Vladimir Gutierrez (5-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings of five-hit ball to earn the win. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Patrick Wisdom went deep for the Cubs, who have lost six of 10. Cubs starter Adbert Alzolay (4-11) allowed three home runs in five innings, increasing his National League lead to 23. Left-handed hitters have 19 homers off Alzolay, who has served up 14 long balls in his last eight starts. It was Votto's 14th career multi-homer game and first since June 29, 2017, against Milwaukee. The six-time All-Star and 2010 NL MVP has hit safely in his last five games (8 for 19) and reached base safely in 21 straight for the second-longest active streak in the majors. DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees has a 36-game on-base streak. Alzolay allowed a season-high seven hits in five innings, including an RBI single by Kyle Farmer in the second. Rizzo tied the game for the Cubs with a two-run homer in the first, marking the first time he has homered in three consecutive games since May 2019.

Milwaukee 9 – Pittsburgh 0
Washington 6 – Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 12 – NY Mets 5
San Francisco 2 – LA Dodgers 1