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Bryantâs record night leads Cubs over Reds
Kris Bryant became the first major-leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark in which he threw a no-hitter in April, leading the visiting Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.
âThe last couple of weeks havenât been what Iâve wanted, so I figured Iâm due,â said Bryant, who hit three homers one time during a college game with San Diego.
The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem thatâs had some historic moments in Cincinnati.
Arrieta (12-2) threw his second career no-hitter on April 21 during a 16-0 win over the Reds. Bryant led the way with a pair of homers in that game, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high six RBIs.
Arrieta struggled in his return to Cincinnati, giving up a season-high five runs in five innings.
âI was my own worst enemy tonight,â Arrieta said. âIâm not happy about it.â
But Bryant drove in six runs again to help Arrieta pull through. Bryantâs 16 total bases were a Cubs record, and his five hits marked a career high.
Bryant doubled home a run in the first, hit a solo homer in the third and added a three-run shot deep into the upper deck in left field.
Cincinnatiâs Joey Votto hit two home runs.
The Cubs have the best record in the majors (49-26) despite their slump last week, set up by a lack of clutch hitting and poor relief pitching.
The bullpen gave up three runs and four hits Monday, including Vottoâs second homer, which came in the ninth inning.
Nationals 11, Mets 4 â¢ Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in three runs to help host Washington hand New York pitcher Noah Syndergaard his first loss in more than a month. The Nationals stole six bases, five against Syndergaard â who surrendering season-highs in runs (five) and walks (three).
Dodgers 5, Pirates 4 â¢ A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking, two-out infield single that capped a four-run fifth inning as Los Angeles overcame a 4-0 deficit to win on the road and avoid a sweep of a four-game series.
âIt was resiliency,â Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. âWe spot them four in the first, and (starting pitcher Scott Kazmir) goes out there and throws up four zeroes and we responded, put up a crooked number and found a way to win a baseball game.â
Kenley Jansen, the Dodgersâ sixth pitcher, got four outs for his 22nd save â in 25 chances.
Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 0 â¢ Vince Velasquez threw five scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list and Odubel Herrera to spark visiting Philadelphia.
Indians 8, Braves 3 â¢ Lonnie Chisenhallâs three-run homer helped visiting Cleveland gain its 10th straight win. Jason Kipnis added a homer in the ninth for the Indians, who have outscored opponents 68-21 in the streak.
âItâs contagious,â Chisenhall said after hitting a homer for the second straight game. âItâs fun going in the batterâs box when the guy in front of you and the guy behind you is hitting.â
Rockies 9, Blue Jays 5 â¢ Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to help propel his team in a game in which former Colorado standout Troy Tulowitzki made his first appearance in Denver as a visitor. He went 0 for four. Edwin Encarnacion had two homers for Toronto.
Aâs 8, Giants 3 â¢ Marcus Semien had a three-run homer and four RBIs to boost visiting Oakland.
Rays 13, Red Sox 7 â¢ Nick Franklin homered and drove in five runs to help Tampa Bay win at home. Teammates Logan Forsythe and Desmond Jennings also homered.