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Rapid Reaction: Reds 7, Cubs 4

CHICAGO -- The Cubs lost to the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a quick look at the game.

How it happened: Joey Votto hit a 2-out, 3-run home run off of Hector Rondon in the top of the ninth inning after an error by Kris Bryant allowed Votto to come to the plate. Bryant had just tied the game 4-4 with an eighth inning home run, his 22nd. Jason Bourgeois led off the game with a home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel as he hit a high fly ball to left that got caught up in the wind which was blowing out. The Reds added a run in the second before the Cubs cut into the lead when Tommy La Stella homered with two outs in the third. They tied it in the fourth on Anthony Rizzo’s 27th home run of the season but the Reds retook the lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings as Reds starter Raisel Iglesias tripled home a run and then catcher Brayan Pena brought home another one before Bryant tied it in the eighth. The Cubs had the tying run at the plate twice in the ninth but Javier Baez grounded into a fielder's choice and Dexter Fowler struck out to end the game.

What it means: What can be said or written about Bryant that hasn’t been already? Even with a few slumps and a high strikeout total he’s putting up huge numbers, especially for a rookie. And he’s been clutch with a bunch of his home runs as he’s now tied for first in the National League with seven home runs hit in the eighth inning or later. He needs 16 RBI’s in the final 30 games to reach 100 for the season and three more home runs would tie him for the most in franchise history for a first year player.

But then there was that error, right through his legs. It was his 16th of the season, most by a third baseman in the NL. Even so, the Rookie of the Year award is coming back to Chicago barring an injury or complete September meltdown.

Votto decision: Two days after walking him with two men on and getting beat Joe Maddon decided to pitch to him in the ninth in the same situation. The move backfired there as well.

Debuts: Trevor Cahill took the mound for the first time as a Cub throwing a scoreless 1.2 innings while Austin Jackson got his first start going 2 for 4.

What’s next: The Cubs have a day off on Thursday before hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games beginning with Friday’s matinee as Jon Lester (8-10, 3.59) faces Zack Godley (4-0, 1.90).