How the Cubs won: Kris Bryant blasts Reds again

Kris Bryant became the youngest Cub to hit three home runs in a game during Chicago's win on Monday. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Kris Bryant seems to love playing the Cincinnati Reds.

Bryant set career highs with three home runs and five extra-base hits on Monday to help the Chicago Cubs overcome a rare off night from Jake Arrieta.

Bryant became the fifth player in the past 100 years to go 5-for-5 with five extra-base hits in a game. He joined Josh Hamilton (2012), Steve Garvey (1977), Joe Adcock (1954) and Lou Boudreau (1946).

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, Bryant is the youngest player in Cubs history to hit three home runs in a game. He is 10 days younger than Ernie Banks was when he accomplished the feat in 1955. Elias also notes that Bryant's 16 total bases on Monday are the most by a Cub in the modern era.

It was Bryant’s second multihomer game of the season, with both of those coming against the Reds. Bryant had two home runs and six RBIs against the Reds on April 21, when Arrieta threw a no-hitter.

Good against fastballs and sliders

Three of Bryant’s hits came off Reds starter Dan Straily, who threw a fastball or slider on 80 percent of his pitches on Monday. Those are two pitches Bryant is really good against.

Bryant had a double and a home run off Straily’s fastball. His final home run was also off a fastball, and he now has 14 home runs against the pitch this season, the most such home runs in the National League.

Bryant’s other home run off Straily came against the slider. Bryant is batting .321 with four home runs off sliders this season. Corey Seager and Adam Jones are the only other players batting over .300 with at least four homers against sliders this season.

Arrieta helps too ... with his bat

Arrieta surrendered five runs on Monday, the most he has given up in more than a year. But he helped the Cubs' offense with his fourth career home run.

Arrieta joined Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard as the only pitchers with multiple home runs this season. Arrieta's home run came off a 99 mph fastball, the fastest pitch a pitcher has homered against in the past five years.