Cincinnati outscored Chicago 25-10 in its first three-game series sweep at Wrigley Field since August 2013. The Reds totaled 14 hits in the finale against their NL Central rival.
“Guys are just having great at-bats, not trying to do too much,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Staying on the ball, really just putting the good part of the bat on the ball and trusting the guys behind them."
The Reds were good on the basepaths, too.
“The aggressive baserunning has created opportunities,” Bell added. “It's created extra at-bats.”
McLain is 15 for 31 during a seven-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old infielder, a first-round pick in the 2021 amateur draft, is batting .380 with two homers and eight RBI since making his major league debut on May 15.
“It's the same game,” McLain said. “Obviously, the talent's a lot better here, but I'm just trying to play baseball and play my game no matter what the circumstances.”
McLain was 9 for 15 against the Cubs over the weekend with two RBI and four runs scored.
"I just try to live in the present and no matter what happens, I'm going to be locked in the next step, next pitch, next groundball," he said “I don't look at my stats that much.”
Patrick Wisdom homered twice and drove in five runs in Chicago's fourth straight loss. He hit a three-run shot in the second and a two-run drive in the eighth in his eighth career multihomer game.
Cincinnati starter Graham Ashcraft (3-3) pitched five innings of three-run ball in his first win since April 15. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 12.98 ERA in his previous four starts.
Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly (5-2) permitted five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first loss since April 3. He went 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his previous nine starts.
“It's pretty frustrating,” Smyly said “It was an ugly weekend for us.”
Steer's seventh homer drove in Jonathan India and gave the Reds a 7-3 lead in the sixth. Senzel added an RBI double in the eighth.
Cubs: RHP Codi Heuer (recovery from Tommy John surgery) retired the four hitters he faced, striking out two, in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. ... RHP Brad Boxberger (right forearm strain) played catch on Sunday.
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