CINCINNATI—When Kris Bryant reached the dugout after his record-setting third homer, thousands of Cubs’ fans in the stands cheered for a curtain call.
A few teammates wanted him to take a bow, too.
Nope. That was the only thing Chicago’s top hitter wouldn’t do on his historic night.
Bryant became the first major-leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter back in April, en route to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds last night.
The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem that’s had some huge moments in Cincinnati.
“The last couple of weeks haven’t been what I’ve wanted so I figured I’m due,” said Bryant, who hit three homers one time during a college game with San Diego.
Arrieta (12-2) threw his second career no-hitter on April 21 during a 16-0 win over the Reds.
Bryant led the way with a pair of homers in that game, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high six RBIs.
Arrieta struggled in his return to Cincinnati, giving up a season-high five runs in five innings, but Bryant drove in six runs again to help the right-hander pull through.
Bryant’s 16 total bases were a Cubs’ record and his five hits marked a career high.
“That keeps you back from those 0-for-20 stretches when you have a game like this,” Bryant noted.
Elsewhere in the NL, L.A. edged Pittsburgh 5-4, Washington dumped New York 11-4, and Philadelphia blanked Arizona 8-0.
In the AL, Tampa Bay beat Boston 13-7, Texas topped New York 9-6, and Houston doubled L.A. 4-2.