Hunter Greene pitches six hitless innings as the Reds beat the Cubs 9-0

Hunter Greene had a career-high 11 strikeouts in six hitless innings, but left after 110 pitches. Cincinnati Reds scored a season-high 19 hits in a 9-0 win over the hosts Chicago Cubs on Friday

Greene (1-4) was brilliant in his 11th start, allowing two walks and dominating the Chicagoans. However, the right-hander was pulled after throwing the second most pitches in 2023. Eduardo Salazar finished a perfect seventh in his second major championship appearance before finishing eighth behind Christopher Morel and Miles Mastrobuoni.

Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, Tyler Stephenson and Stuart Fairchild each had three hits en route to Cincinnati’s fourth win in 12 games.

Fairchild and Kevin Newman each had two They are red‘ season-high seven doubles, and Jose Barrero also had two hits They are red Chicago starter Justin Steele (6-2) roughed up

Steele had his worst outing of 2023 among the major league hitters entering Friday with a 2.20 combined ERA. In a season-low 3 2/3 innings, Steele had season highs in runs (six) — five earned — and hits (10) for Chicago.

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THE Puppies They were eliminated for the first time this season, going 19-1 in two straight losses. They fell to 11-22 since opening the season 11-6

Cincinnati tagged Steele for two runs in the first. Promising freshman McLain had an infield hit and scored on a triple by Steer, who extended his hitting streak to nine games. Steer came home on a single by Stephenson.

THE They are red he added one more in the third when Stepheson doubled on a ball to right fielder that Morel lost in the sun and couldn’t follow. Cincinnati went on a 6-0 run in the fourth on Barrero’s RBI single, Jonathan India’s sacrifice fly and Stephenson’s single that scored Curt Casali, who scored on Steele’s fielder’s choice error.

That ended a miserable afternoon for Steele, who has finished sixth in each of his first 10 starts in 2023.

Cincinnati scored again in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Fairchild and Newman. Casali drove in a two-run single in the ninth.

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