Before Tuesday, Todd Frazier had gone 48 days, 39 games, 36 starts, 153 plate appearances and 131 at-bats since his last home run. That homerless streak ended in the second inning of the game at Wrigley Field when Frazier recorded his seventh home run, a solo shot off Cubs starter Matt Garza to give the Reds an early lead in an eventual 12-2 victory. Frazier’s blast was the first of four homers for the Reds -- three off of Garza and another off of reliever Zach Putnam. With the win, the Reds became the first visiting team to win 11 straight against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. It also gave Dusty Baker the 1,620th victory of his career, breaking a tie with Ralph Houk for 16th on the all-time list. Frazier hit six home runs in his first 21 games of the season, but he hadn’t homered since April 24, when he hit one an estimated 480 feet onto the river boat in center field at Great American Ball Park that gave the Reds a 1-0 victory over Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs. That was the sixth homer of the season for Frazier in 88 plate appearances. “I’ve been trying to get some hits, trying to help the team, do I want to hit home runs? Of course. But at the same time, I’m trying to get my average up and we’re trying to win,” Frazier said. “Is it conscious? Yeah, it’s there. But I know at the end of the year I’m going to have the numbers I’m going to have. I’ve got my goals and I think I still have a shot.” Frazier wasn’t the only one to find the seats in Wrigley, though. Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the third and then Xavier Paul’s three-run shot in the six-run sixth chased Garza. Zack Cozart added a three-run homer in the eighth to increase the Reds’ lead to 10 runs. Garza, who had harsh words for the Reds and Johnny Cueto last month, faced the Reds for the first time since his comments that Cueto needed to “grow up” and after at least three times saying the Cubs don’t retaliate, insinuated he’d retaliate.
Reds rout Cubs, 12-2, behind four home runs
Cincinnati Enquirer | Jun 12