How it happened: Kris Bryant led off the ninth with a base hit into left field and hustled it into a double. After Miguel Montero was hit by a pitch, Starlin Castro ended things with a sharp base hit to center to score Bryant.
For the second time in three games, Montero got the Cubs off to a quick start with a home run in his first at-bat, a two-run shot in the second inning. In the opener of the series Thursday, he hit a three-run shot in the first inning.
Joey Votto hit a solo homer to left field in the fourth inning to cut the Cubs' lead in half, but the home team got the run back in the bottom half of the inning -- thanks to a successful replay challenge. Bryant started the rally with a lead-off double and advanced to third on an infield single by Montero. Castro followed with a grounder to shortstop; with Bryant trying to score, Eugenio Suarez fired home to catcher Tucker Barnhart. Bryant was called out initially, but after a lengthy delay (3 minutes, 55 seconds), the call was overturned and Bryant was ruled safe, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead as rain began falling.
Play was halted after the bottom of the fifth when the rain intensified.
Following the delay, it took the Reds just seven pitches to tie the score against reliever James Russell. Skip Schumaker led off the sixth with a single, and Suarez, who was just promoted to the major leagues on Thursday, then stroked a 2-2 pitch into the left-field bleachers. Russell was yanked after the third batter he faced, Votto, singled sharply to center.
The score remained 3-3 until the ninth.
Bryant streaking: Bryant’s second-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. It’s his second hitting streak of at least 10 games this season, making him the first Cubs rookie with two double-digit hitting streaks since Bill Madlock in 1974. Bryant had a 12-game streak earlier in the season. Madlock had streaks of 14 and 10 games.
Rain-delay action: Any remaining fans opposed to the new video scoreboards at Wrigley Field might have had a change of heart Saturday night. During the rain delay, the Cubs showed Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In years past, the fans would have been “entertained” with organ music.
What’s next: Cubs ace Jon Lester (4-5, 4.25 ERA) tries to emerge from a recent funk in the finale of the four-game series against Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (5-4, 3.53). Lester is 0-2 with a 10.61 ERA in his last two starts at Miami and at Detroit.