CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – Anthony DeSclafani threw seven scoreless innings, Joey Votto had two hits and drove in a run, and the Reds held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
DeSclafani gave up two hits while striking out five for the Reds, who evened the three-game series after dropping the opener 7-6 in 10 innings Monday night. Acquired this offseason as part of the trade that sent former ace Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins, DeSclafani (1-0) earned his first victory for Cincinnati.
DeSclafani was replaced in the eighth by former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who walked Matt Szczur before allowing pinch-hitter Welington Castillo’s two-run home run. Gregg was replaced by Tony Cingrani, who allowed a two-out single to Anthony Rizzo and a walk to Jorge Soler before striking out Chris Coghlan to end the threat.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his third save.
Brandon Phillips left the game in the fifth inning because of light headedness.
The second baseman appeared to be injured in the fourth inning while running the bases. He singled and advanced to third base on Jay Bruce’s single. Phillips slid awkwardly into the base, and shortstop Starlin Castro fell onto Phillips while trying to make a tag.