Tony Cingrani, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Louisville, got the start for the Reds and went seven innings allowing only four hits and two earned runs. He also struck out five batters.
"I know everybody made a big deal out of the whole 'Cueto vs. me' thing, but it was over the day I left Cincinnati," Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza said. "Today was go out there and try to put up the best I can and give my team a chance to win, and definitely that didn't happen."
The Cubs scored a run in the fourth off of a sacrifice fly, but a little over an inning later the Reds blew the game open.
In the sixth, Joey Votto led off a single and reached third on an error and Phillips walked. Jay Bruce scored both runners with his 20th double of the year. After Todd Frazier was hit-by-pitch, Xavier Paul took the first pitch and smacked it into left field for the three-run homerun. Four batters later, Zack Cozart had an RBI single. After the dust settled, the Reds had scored six runs and extended their lead to 9-1.
"For some reason, we do like playing here in Chicago," said Todd Frazier, who hit his first home run since April 24 on Tuesday. "Like we're happy-go-lucky here. It's pretty fun. It gets us back on that winning track. We've got two more to go, and we're trying to get that sweep for sure."