Suarez singles in rain, Reds slow Cubs' surge with 4-2 win

CINCINNATI (AP) A heavy rain was turning the field slick. The grounds crew was waiting to fetch the tarp. Eugenio Suarez knew this might be the Reds' best chance to take control and win a series.

Suarez singled home the go-ahead run during a fifth-inning downpour and added another RBI single Thursday night as Cincinnati pulled away to a 4-2 victory that slowed the Chicago Cubs' momentum.

Chicago came into the series on the best surge in the majors, having won or split 10 straight series. The NL Central leaders let a late lead get away Wednesday night for a 6-5, 10-inning loss.

This one literally slipped away as the rain intensified in the bottom of the fifth inning.

''Just a really strange inning, and the weather was pretty awful,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Jose Quintana (4-3) gave up Jose Peraza's solo homer with one out, his first since April 26. After a pair of singles, Quintana threw back-to-back wild pitches off the sloppy mound that let in a run.

''That was tough,'' Quintana said. ''I slipped on a couple of pitches. It was really clean before that.''

Suarez's two-out single made it 3-2 . He added another RBI single in the seventh, and the bullpen held the Cubs to a pair of hits the rest of the way.

''That was tough, but everybody knows that it's part of the game,'' Suarez said of the conditions. ''You have to be ready for every possibility.''

Luis Castillo (5-1) gave up two runs on two hits and a walk, all in the first inning. The Cubs got a break when Wilson Contreras' grounder down the line hit the front edge of third base and caromed away from Suarez for a two-run double.

Castillo retired his next 14 batters after the bad-hop hit.

''He kept his composure,'' manager David Bell said. ''He didn't let it faze him. That's part of his growth and confidence. He just kept pitching.''

The umpires called for the tarp after Kyle Schwarber lined out to start the sixth inning. Neither starter returned after a one-hour, 51-minute delay.

Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.

Kris Bryant walked in his first plate appearance, extending his career-best streak to 25 games reaching base safely. It's the longest streak by a Cub since Ben Zobrist also reached in 25 straight games in 2017.

Javier Baez doubled and singled, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. It's the longest by a Cub since Anthony Rizzo's identical streak in 2017.

CUBS MOVE

Catcher Victor Caratini returned from the 10-day injury list and Taylor Davis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Caratini broke a bone in his left hand during a swing on April 11 and had surgery. He started at first base for Chicago and went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Rizzo hit pregame again and reported his back was much better. He was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game. Maddon expects him back during a weekend series in Washington, bringing the Cubs' offense closer to full strength. Their four hits Thursday matched their season low.

''We're missing Anthony in the lineup, too,'' Maddon said. ''That's a difference-maker for us.''

Reds: 2B Scooter Gennett expects to start on-field activities later this month. He suffered a groin injury during spring training. There's no estimate when he might be able to resume playing.

LONG TIME

The Cubs hadn't lost back-to-back games since April 24-25 against the Dodgers. They've won 13 of their last 17 games.

TWICE AS NICE

Cincinnati's Joey Votto had a pair of singles - only his second multi-hit game in May - and extended his hitting streak to a season-high five games. Votto is 9 for 55 (.164) with three RBIs in the month.

CAREER BEST

Jose Iglesias singled, extending his hitting streak to seven games, the longest of his career. It matches Jessie Winker's seven-game streak for longest by a Red this season.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Left-hander Cole Hamels (3-0) opens a series in Washington, facing Max Scherzer (2-4). Hamels allowed one run in seven innings during his last start against Milwaukee.

Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) starts a series against the Dodgers, who start left-hander Rich Hill (0-1). The Dodgers are 33-22 at Great American Ball Park, the second-best winning percentage by an opponent behind the Mets.

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  • W: L. Castillo (5-1)L: J. Quintana (4-3)S: R. Iglesias (9)
  • HR: CIN - J. Peraza (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF40000020.217.331.375.706-1.0
K. Bryant 3B31000120.262.397.517.9141.0
D. Descalso 2B40100021.232.306.343.6500.0
J. Baez SS41200010.326.360.611.9723.5
W. Contreras C40120002.301.405.6021.0074.0
V. Caratini 1B30000021.471.550.8241.374-1.0
J. Heyward RF30000020.235.338.412.749-1.0
A. Almora CF30000020.248.285.368.652-1.0
J. Quintana P20000000.059.059.059.1180.0
T. Chatwood P0000-000.250.250.500.000-
a- M. Zagunis PH10000000.226.314.323.6370.0
X. Cedeno P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Chatwood in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF51200002.250.323.464.7875.0
J. Votto 1B51200002.215.328.356.6833.0
E. Suarez 3B30220111.270.350.579.9294.5
Y. Puig RF40000014.206.256.368.624-0.5
J. Iglesias SS40100002.294.329.434.7621.0
J. Winker LF40100011.221.293.456.7490.5
C. Casali C30100113.293.349.379.7291.5
J. Peraza 2B31111101.208.261.312.5737.0
L. Castillo P21100010.095.095.095.1901.5
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.250.286.000-
a- D. Dietrich PH10000002.242.352.615.9670.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- K. Farmer PH10100000.245.293.566.8592.0
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (15), W. Contreras (7)
  • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 2 (2), V. Caratini
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Farmer (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza (3)
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (31), J. Peraza (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, E. Suarez, Y. Puig 2 (2), C. Casali 3 (3), J. Peraza, D. Dietrich 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Senzel (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Descalso-Baez-Caratini)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 4-3)5.06331413.681.272.0
T. Chatwood2.05112103.221.43-1.5
X. Cedeno1.01000000.002.002.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 4-3)5.0
T. Chatwood2.0
X. Cedeno1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 5-1)5.12221601.900.9620.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 3)0.22000101.591.41-1.5
A. Garrett (H, 6)1.00000301.471.094.5
D. Hernandez (H, 7)1.00000103.741.343.5
R. Iglesias (S, 9)1.00000203.631.2511.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 5-1)5.1
M. Lorenzen (H, 3)0.2
A. Garrett (H, 6)1.0
D. Hernandez (H, 7)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 73-45, T. Chatwood 40-21, X. Cedeno 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 5-6, T. Chatwood 2-2, X. Cedeno 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, T. Chatwood 12, X. Cedeno 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 76-47, M. Lorenzen 13-8, A. Garrett 14-9, D. Hernandez 12-8, R. Iglesias 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-2, M. Lorenzen 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 19, M. Lorenzen 4, A. Garrett 3, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Schwarber LF40000020.217.331.375.706-1.0
K. Bryant 3B31000120.262.397.517.9141.0
D. Descalso 2B40100021.232.306.343.6500.0
J. Baez SS41200010.326.360.611.9723.5
W. Contreras C40120002.301.405.6021.0074.0
V. Caratini 1B30000021.471.550.8241.374-1.0
J. Heyward RF30000020.235.338.412.749-1.0
A. Almora CF30000020.248.285.368.652-1.0
J. Quintana P20000000.059.059.059.1180.0
T. Chatwood P0000-000.250.250.500.000-
a- M. Zagunis PH10000000.226.314.323.6370.0
X. Cedeno P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Chatwood in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF51200002.250.323.464.7875.0
J. Votto 1B51200002.215.328.356.6833.0
E. Suarez 3B30220111.270.350.579.9294.5
Y. Puig RF40000014.206.256.368.624-0.5
J. Iglesias SS40100002.294.329.434.7621.0
J. Winker LF40100011.221.293.456.7490.5
C. Casali C30100113.293.349.379.7291.5
J. Peraza 2B31111101.208.261.312.5737.0
L. Castillo P21100010.095.095.095.1901.5
M. Lorenzen P0000-000.143.250.286.000-
a- D. Dietrich PH10000002.242.352.615.9670.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- K. Farmer PH10100000.245.293.566.8592.0
R. Iglesias P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Lorenzen in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Hernandez in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Baez (15), W. Contreras (7)
  • RBI - W. Contreras 2 (27)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Contreras 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 2 (2), V. Caratini
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Farmer (2)
  • HR - J. Peraza (3)
  • RBI - E. Suarez 2 (31), J. Peraza (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Suarez (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Votto, E. Suarez, Y. Puig 2 (2), C. Casali 3 (3), J. Peraza, D. Dietrich 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Senzel (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Descalso-Baez-Caratini)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 4-3)5.06331413.681.272.0
T. Chatwood2.05112103.221.43-1.5
X. Cedeno1.01000000.002.002.0
Total8.01244351---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 4-3)5.0
T. Chatwood2.0
X. Cedeno1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (W, 5-1)5.12221601.900.9620.0
M. Lorenzen (H, 3)0.22000101.591.41-1.5
A. Garrett (H, 6)1.00000301.471.094.5
D. Hernandez (H, 7)1.00000103.741.343.5
R. Iglesias (S, 9)1.00000203.631.2511.0
Total9.04221130---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (W, 5-1)5.1
M. Lorenzen (H, 3)0.2
A. Garrett (H, 6)1.0
D. Hernandez (H, 7)1.0
R. Iglesias (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Quintana 2 (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 73-45, T. Chatwood 40-21, X. Cedeno 10-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 5-6, T. Chatwood 2-2, X. Cedeno 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 22, T. Chatwood 12, X. Cedeno 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 76-47, M. Lorenzen 13-8, A. Garrett 14-9, D. Hernandez 12-8, R. Iglesias 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-2, M. Lorenzen 1-0, R. Iglesias 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 19, M. Lorenzen 4, A. Garrett 3, D. Hernandez 3, R. Iglesias 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Suarez singled to left, Senzel scored, Votto to second24
  • 5TH INNING
    Suarez singled to left, Votto scored23
    Castillo scored, Votto to third on wild pitch22
    Peraza homered to right21
  • 1ST INNING
    Contreras doubled to shallow left, Bryant and Baez scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Raisel Iglesias pitching
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Baez struck out swinging
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Contreras grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • David Hernandez relieved Amir Garrett
    • Mark Zagunis hit for Tyler Chatwood
    • M. Zagunis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Zagunis flied out to center
    • K. Schwarber: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Bryant flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Xavier Cedeno pitching
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Peraza flied out to deep center
    • Kyle Farmer hit for David Hernandez
    • K. Farmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Farmer doubled to deep left
    • N. Senzel: Senzel lined out to right, Farmer to third
    • J. Votto: Votto grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Almora struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Chatwood Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Foul, Senzel singled to right center
    • J. Votto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Votto singled to right, Senzel to third
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez singled to left, Senzel scored, Votto to second
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Puig lined out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Iglesias lined out to left
    • J. Winker: Ball, Winker singled to shallow left center, Votto to third, Suarez to second
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Schwarber lined out to third
    • Michael Lorenzen relieved Luis Castillo
    • K. Bryant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Descalso singled to left
    • J. Baez: Ball, Baez singled to right, Descalso to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Contreras grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Chatwood relieved Jose Quintana
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias singled to right center
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Winker grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Iglesias out at second
    • C. Casali: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Casali walked
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Peraza walked, Casali to second
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Michael Lorenzen
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich grounded out to catcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heyward struck out swinging
    • A. Almora: Ball, Ball, Almora grounded out to third
    • J. Quintana: Ball, Quintana flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • C. Casali: Casali grounded out to third
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Ball, Peraza homered to right
    • L. Castillo: Castillo singled to left
    • N. Senzel: Senzel flied out to center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Votto singled to center, Castillo to second
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castillo to third, Votto to second on wild pitch, Ball, Castillo scored, Votto to third on wild pitch, Suarez singled to left, Votto scored
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Puig flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Baez grounded out to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Contreras grounded out to first
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Caratini grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig popped out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Iglesias grounded out to second
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Schwarber struck out looking
    • K. Bryant: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • D. Descalso: Ball, Ball, Descalso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • L. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Ball, Senzel reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Votto: Votto flied out to left
    • E. Suarez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Senzel stole second, Strike looking, Suarez struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heyward grounded out to first
    • A. Almora: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Almora struck out on foul tip
    • J. Quintana: Ball, Strike looking, Quintana grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to first
    • J. Winker: Winker grounded out to second
    • C. Casali: Casali singled to center
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Peraza reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Casali out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Schwarber grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bryant walked
    • D. Descalso: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Descalso struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Baez doubled to left, Bryant to third
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Contreras doubled to shallow left, Bryant and Baez scored
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Caratini struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Senzel flied out to deep center
    • J. Votto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Votto fouled out to third
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Suarez walked
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)