Reds wallop Cubs 20-5 for their biggest win in 23 years


CINCINNATI — Cincinnati dominated the Chicago Cubs 20-5 on Thursday, the most runs the Reds have scored in 23 years.

They did it behind a combined 20 hits — including two home runs and five RBIs from Kyle Farmer — and got rookie pitcher Hunter Greene his first win since April 10.

A big third inning made the difference, one in which the Reds scored eight and chased Cubs starter Justin Steele (1-5). Matt Reynolds drove in two with a triple, and Tyler Stephenson and Albert Almora had two-run singles as Cincinnati batted around.

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The Reds piled on four more runs off of Chicago shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was called on to pitch the eighth.

Farmer and Nick Senzel had four hits total, while Brandon Drury, Tommy Pham and Albert Almora Jr. had three each.

The last time Cincinnati scored this many runs was at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies on May 19, 1999, a 24-12 win.

Greene (2-6) was regularly hitting 100 mph earlier in the season, but topped out at 99.4 on Thursday. He threw 86 pitches through five innings, allowing five runs and seven hits while striking out six.

Greene finished the fifth after Willson Contreras and Ian Happ hit back-to-back homers.

Farmer missed the last four games with “general soreness, ” but smacked a two-run homer to center field in the second inning and a solo shot in fifth. It was the first multi-homer game of his career and it came after he’d hit just one home run all season.