Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over seven innings in his home debut and the Cincinnati Reds slugged three homers en route to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Rookie Aristides Aquino belted a two-run shot and Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto also went deep for the Reds, who have won nine of their last 13 games.
Bauer (10-8), who was acquired from Cleveland in a three-team deal prior to the trade deadline, allowed just one run on three hits to improve to 4-0 in four career starts versus Chicago. The 28-year-old’s 11 strikeouts boosted his season total to 200, marking the second straight season that he reached that plateau.
Michael Lorenzen relieved Bauer to start the eighth inning and surrendered a pair of walks and a bloop single, before Amir Garrett came on and hit Anthony Rizzo with a breaking pitch to trim Cincinnati’s lead to 5-2. Garrett ended the threat by getting three quick outs before Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth to secure his 23rd save.
Bauer’s lone mistake came in the first inning, as Nicholas Castellanos followed up his fifth career multi-homer performance in Thursday’s 12-5 victory by depositing a 3-1 fastball over the center-field wall. Castellanos has hit safely in all nine games since being acquired by the Cubs, including four homers in 36 at-bats.
Cincinnati answered in the second inning as Josh VanMeter ripped a leadoff double before Aquino muscled a 1-0 cutter from Yu Darvish (4-6) over the wall in right field. Aquino has belted all four of his homers while hitting safely in each of his last six contests.
Suarez doubled the advantage when he sent a first-pitch slider from Darvish into the second deck in left field to lead off the fourth inning. Suarez’s team-leading 31st homer was his second in three games overall and sixth this season against the Cubs.
Votto registered his first hit of the series in the sixth inning by depositing a first-pitch cutter from Darvish over the wall in left-center field.
In the seventh inning, Jose Peraza capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a bloop single to center field, plating rookie Nick Senzel to stake the Reds to a 5-1 lead.
—Field Level Media