Jun 27, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is congratulated by center fielder Billy Hamilton (6) after Votto hit a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
CINCINNATI (AP) 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 where he threw a no-hitter in April, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem that’s 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, but Bryant drove in six runs again to help the right-hander pull through. Bryant’s 16 total bases were a Cubs record, and his five hits marked a career high.