Reds score their most runs in 23 years, beat Cubs 20-5

The Reds scored their most runs in 23 years and gave the Chicago Cubs a 20-5 blowout on Thursday.

Cincinnati had 20 hits, including two home runs by Kyle Farmer, who drove in five runs. With such offensive support, rookie pitcher Hunter Greene (2-6) posted his first win since April 10.

A crazy third inning made the difference. The Reds scored eight times in that inning to end starter Justin Steele (1-5).

Matt Reynolds drove in two runs with a hat-trick, while Tyler Stephenson and Albert Almora had two-run singles. All the Reds went through the batter’s box in that episode.

Cincinnati had four more runs off shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was called up to the mound in the eighth.

The last time the Reds had scored more runs was May 19, 1999, when they beat the Colorado Rockies 24-12 at Coors Field.

For the Cubs, Venezuelans Willson Contreras 2-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Rafael Ortega 2-1. The Mexican Alfonso Rivas 4-0. Dominican Jonathan Villar 4-0.

For the Reds, the Mexican Alejo López 1-0. The Dominican Arístides Aquino 1-1 with a double.

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