The Reds exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to tame the Chicago Cubs, 13-5 and snap an eight game losing streak in front of thousands of Windy City wind bags that polluted Great American Ball Park.
The Reds ambushed John Lackey in the sixth inning. Ten Reds came to the plate and the only one that didn't hit the ball hard was Jay Bruce who walked.
"Suarez home run was such a big blow," Bryan Price said. "It didn't just provide us with the three runs, the lead. It ignited our entire bench. After you've been shut down by Arrieta and Lester and you've been roughed up a couple ballgames, it can get you on your heels a little bit. We needed something to light the fuse."
It was the first time the Reds had three home runs in an inning since, Mike Leake, Cozart and Drew Stubbs connected in the fourth inning on May 21, 2012 off Mike Minor.
Dan Straily made his second start for the Reds. He gave up a home run to Addison Russell in the second inning.
The Reds got its first two hits of the game and scored in the fourth inning. Cozart doubled after Cubs' starter John Lackey retired the first nine Reds' batters eerily reminiscent of the no-hitter by Jake Arrieta on Thursday Suarez singled to the hole at shortstop. Addison Russell made a diving stop but his throw short hopped Anthony Rizzo at firstbase and ended up in the stands. One out later Phillips found the left centerfield gap for an RBI double. Phillips was thrown out at third trying for the triple.
The Cubs retook the lead in the fifth. Russell walked. Fowler doubled just inside the firstbase line. Russell scored from first and Fowler went to third on the throw home. Kris Bryant singled to score Fowler.
The Cubs scored a pair of runs off Caleb Cotham in the seventh but Votto's second home run of the season off Neil Ramirez with Suarez on first with a walk, restored the six run margin. The two hits on the night got Votto's average off the interstate at .200. He struck out in his last at bat to go back under the mark.
The Reds banged out a season-high 15 hits, welcome news after the no-hitter Thursday.