Suárez drives in 3 runs as Mahle, Reds beat Cubs 6-5


Cincinnati Reds' Amir Garrett reacts after striking out Chicago Cubs' Victor Caratini in the seventh inning during a baseball game at Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Amir Garrett reacts after striking out Chicago Cubs' Victor Caratini in the seventh inning during a baseball game at Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Jose Garcia singles in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras hits a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suárez and Jesse Winker homered, helping Tyler Mahle and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Friday night.

Suárez went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs, taking another step forward after slumping for much of the season. Winker had two hits and scored twice.

Mahle (1-1) shook off a slow start on his way to 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander pitched shutout ball after surrendering solo drives by Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber in the first.

NL Central-leading Chicago dropped its third consecutive game. Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward homered in the ninth, but Raisel Iglesias got two outs for his fourth save.

Cincinnati went ahead to stay with two runs in the fourth. Winker hit a tying drive for his ninth homer, and Matt Davidson made it 3-2 with an RBI single against Kyle Hendricks (3-4).

Suárez added a two-run single with two out in the fifth, and Freddy Galvis hit an opposite-field drive to right on Kyle Ryan’s first pitch of eighth for his sixth homer.

Cincinnati Reds’ Amir Garrett reacts after striking out Chicago Cubs’ Victor Caratini in the seventh inning during a baseball game at Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_125392582-010878b2e9a64cedbfaa6a34b0094844.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Amir Garrett reacts after striking out Chicago Cubs’ Victor Caratini in the seventh inning during a baseball game at Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Garcia singles in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_125392582-11bf2e31a4644ac89c47f75ff4358669.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Jose Garcia singles in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras hits a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2020/08/web1_125392582-bedc37edd6bd4fd2b7a9bd97451b244e.jpgChicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras hits a solo home run in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)