Reds win 4-3 but things get testy with Cubs


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto gestures for a timeout after hitting a two-run triple against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto gestures for a timeout after hitting a two-run triple against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Chicago Cubs' David Ross, left, argues with umpire Chris Conroy, after being ejected by Dan Merzel during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Nick Senzel leaps at the wall to make the catch on a ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Chicago Cubs (18-25, third in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (13-30, fifth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Thursday, 12:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Justin Steele (1-4, 3.82 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 38 strikeouts); Reds: Hunter Greene (1-6, 5.49 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 50 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -123, Reds +104; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds leading the series 2-1.

Cincinnati has a 6-11 record at home and a 13-30 record overall. The Reds have a 10-2 record in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

Chicago has an 18-25 record overall and an 11-10 record in road games. The Cubs have gone 14-6 in games when they record at least eight hits.

The teams play Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Naquin has 11 doubles, a triple and five home runs for the Reds. Joey Votto is 6-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs over the past 10 games.

Patrick Wisdom leads the Cubs with 10 home runs while slugging .496. Ian Happ is 11-for-35 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .206 batting average, 3.93 ERA, outscored by 11 runs

Cubs: 5-5, .243 batting average, 3.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Jonathan India: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Fraley: 10-Day IL (knee), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Justin Wilson: 10-Day IL (elbow), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Garcia: 10-Day IL (hand), Mike Minor: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Cubs: Yan Gomes: 10-Day IL (oblique), Willson Contreras: day-to-day (hamstring), Michael Rucker: 15-Day IL (turf toe), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (low back), Ethan Roberts: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto homered and tripled, then shouted at Cubs reliever Rowan Wick during a tense ending to the Cincinnati Reds’ 4-3 win over Chicago on Wednesday night.

Votto had a solo homer in the second inning off Kyle Hendricks (2-5) and a two-run triple in the third as Cincinnati snapped a two-game skid.

Wick brushed back the 16-year veteran in the eighth, then walked him. Votto barked at Wick as he made his way to first base, and he also had words for Chicago’s dugout.

Wick said he didn’t appreciate the way Votto flipped his bat following the walk.

“I’ll be honest, it was a nice bat flip,” Wick said. “I understand he’s been in the league a long time and he can do whatever he wants when he walks. I wasn’t happy with the pitches that I threw. I got a little frustrated. Feel like he kind of blew it out of the water more than it needed to be.”

Wick, who like Votto is from Canada, said he has no history with his countrymate.

“I don’t even know if he knows we’re both Canadian,” Wick said.

There’s been no love lost between Votto and the Cubs over the years.

“Sometimes it can be overextended and taken too far, but generally speaking, I enjoy that part,” Votto said. “If someone says something to me, no problem, I’ll give it back.”

An inning later, Reds reliever Hunter Strickland plunked Patrick Wisdom. Cubs manager David Ross was ejected by plate umpire Dan Merzel after leaving the dugout to protest. Wisdom scored on Nico Hoerner’s pinch-hit single.

“Joey (Votto) walking toward Wick, them hitting Wisdom, two umpires wanting to discuss whether they thought it was intentional or not, and nobody doing that, I just wanted to know why,” Ross said. “Pretty commonplace when there’s a lot of jawing going on, that the umpires get together. They usually err on the side of warning.”

“I don’t want to comment on what David Ross said,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Let the game be played on the field. That’s where it’s meant to be played.”

Votto insisted that Strickland, who earned his first save of the season, wasn’t intentionally throwing at Wisdom with the Reds leading 4-2 with one out in the ninth.

“No, you don’t put the tying run at the plate with one out,” Votto said. “That was absolutely unintentional. We are trying to win a baseball game. We don’t get paid for retribution.”

Luis Castillo (1-2) needed 32 pitches to get through a two-run first for Cincinnati, but he allowed only two hits over his final four innings. He walked one and had a season-high six strikeouts.

Castillo was making only his fourth start after beginning the season on the injured list with a right shoulder strain that caused him to miss all of spring training,

“Luis made a really nice adjustment,” Bell said.

Chicago’s Ian Happ doubled in two runs in the fifth inning a day after ending a 10-game hitting streak against Cincinnati.

Votto ended a 24-game homerless streak Sunday at Toronto, the longest drought of his career. The triple Wednesday was his first since July 6, 2021 at Kansas City and only the 22nd in his career. Votto hadn’t tripled at Great American Ball Park since Aug. 22, 2016. The 38-year-old is the oldest Red to triple since Jeff Conine on April 6, 2007,

Hendricks pitched four innings for his shortest start since April 13. He allowed four earned runs and threw 68 pitches.

Willson Contreras pinch-hit for Chicago in the ninth and was robbed of extra bases by a leaping grab from center fielder Nick Senzel. Contreras had missed the previous four games with a strained right hamstring.

The four-game series between the two NL Central rivals concludes this afternoon.

“We’ll see what happens (today),” Wick said.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto gestures for a timeout after hitting a two-run triple against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128927521-e07f5fa109944b4aa2cba80cc2a45b67.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto gestures for a timeout after hitting a two-run triple against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Chicago Cubs’ David Ross, left, argues with umpire Chris Conroy, after being ejected by Dan Merzel during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128927521-215e547966214a67acf6a4280f37a86a.jpgChicago Cubs’ David Ross, left, argues with umpire Chris Conroy, after being ejected by Dan Merzel during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Senzel leaps at the wall to make the catch on a ball hit by Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/05/web1_128927521-10cec6a823794a599114878f9153538c.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Nick Senzel leaps at the wall to make the catch on a ball hit by Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Chicago Cubs (18-25, third in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (13-30, fifth in the NL Central)

Cincinnati; Thursday, 12:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Justin Steele (1-4, 3.82 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 38 strikeouts); Reds: Hunter Greene (1-6, 5.49 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 50 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -123, Reds +104; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds leading the series 2-1.

Cincinnati has a 6-11 record at home and a 13-30 record overall. The Reds have a 10-2 record in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

Chicago has an 18-25 record overall and an 11-10 record in road games. The Cubs have gone 14-6 in games when they record at least eight hits.

The teams play Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tyler Naquin has 11 doubles, a triple and five home runs for the Reds. Joey Votto is 6-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs over the past 10 games.

Patrick Wisdom leads the Cubs with 10 home runs while slugging .496. Ian Happ is 11-for-35 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .206 batting average, 3.93 ERA, outscored by 11 runs

Cubs: 5-5, .243 batting average, 3.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 18 runs

INJURIES: Reds: Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Donovan Solano: 60-Day IL (hamstring), Lucas Sims: 15-Day IL (lower back), Jonathan India: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Fraley: 10-Day IL (knee), Nick Lodolo: 10-Day IL (back), Justin Wilson: 10-Day IL (elbow), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jose Garcia: 10-Day IL (hand), Mike Minor: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Max Schrock: 60-Day IL (calf), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Cubs: Yan Gomes: 10-Day IL (oblique), Willson Contreras: day-to-day (hamstring), Michael Rucker: 15-Day IL (turf toe), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (low back), Ethan Roberts: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.