- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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How it happened: The Reds pounded Matt Garza, who was facing the Reds for the first time since challenging Johnny Cueto about a purpose pitch he threw over the head of David DeJesus in Cincinnati on May 26. Todd Frazier opened the scoring in the second inning with two outs with a solo home run to right center. Joey Votto took one out to the opposite field (left) with pitcher Tony Cingrani on base in the third for his 11th homer. The roof caved in on Garza in the sixth as the Reds scored six times. Jay Bruce smacked a two-run double and Xavier Paul had a three-run home run. Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs on the board in the fourth, driving in Cody Ransom with a sacrifice fly and Ransom also homered in the sixth inning. The Reds’ Zach Cozart added insult to injury with a three-run homer off Zach Putnam in the eighth.
What it means: Garza lost his first game of the season, allowing nine runs in five-plus innings. Cingrani, an Evergreen Park native, defeated the Cubs for the second time this season. The Reds have now won eleven straight games at Wrigley Field. Garza hit one batter in the sixth inning, but it was an unintentional fastball that grazed the uniform of Frazier. All seven of Ransom’s home runs have come off of left-handed pitching.
Outside the box: Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein suspended minor league third baseman Ian Stewart without pay for disrespecting manager Dale Sveum on his Twitter account. … RHP Kyuji Fujikawa had successful ligament replacement elbow surgery on Tuesday morning. … RHP Shawn Camp threw one inning of one-hit, no-run baseball in a rehab assignment at Class A Kane County. Camp is rehabbing a sprained big toe.
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