CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, then completed yet another big night at Great American Ball Park with a solo shot in the 13th, rallying the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
Schwarber’s homer off Nate Adcock (1-2) gave the rookie his first two-homer game, right in the ballpark where he grew up rooting for the Reds.
The catcher grew up in nearby Middletown, Ohio, and was called up briefly last month. He hit his first homer in Cleveland. He finally got to play at Great American in the All-Star Futures game nine days ago and won the MVP award with a two-run triple.
Schwarber, the fourth overall draft pick last year, doubled home a run Tuesday and then tied it with his 424-foot homer in the ninth off J.J. Hoover, who was filling in as the closer while Aroldis Chapman got a day of rest. It was the first homer Hoover had allowed all season.
Jason Motte (7-1) allowed three hits in two innings. Justin Grimm pitched the 13th for his second save in three chances.
Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier had another big game, driving in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning for a 4-2 lead.
Frazier had been in a deep slump since winning the All-Star Home Run Derby at Great American Ball Park, going hitless until he homered during a 5-4 win in the series opener on Monday. He kept it going Tuesday with his two-run single in the seventh off Pedro Strop.
The Cubs tied it 2-2 in the sixth on Chris Coghlan’s solo homer, which was subject to a video review. The umpires initially ruled the ball was in play after it landed near the top of the wall in left field as a fan reached for it, with Coghlan making it to third base. He was awarded home after a 3-minute, 42-second review.
Cubs: Manager Joe Maddon is going easy with reliever Neil Ramirez, who was activated June 28 after being sidelined more than two months with an inflamed pitching shoulder. He hasn’t thrown on consecutive days.
Reds: CF Billy Hamilton was out of the starting lineup, getting a day off. He went 0 for 3 on Monday night, dropping his batting average to .215.
Cubs: Kyle Hendricks and Dallas Beeler start a day-night makeup doubleheader on Wednesday. Hendricks made his major league debut at Great American on July 10 last season, his only appearance there.
Reds: Mike Leake and left-hander Tony Cingrani start the doubleheader. Cingrani will be activated off the DL, where he’s been since June 15 with a strained pitching shoulder.