Joey Votto homered twice for the second consecutive day, going deep in his fifth straight game to match a Cincinnati record as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Wednesday night. Tyler Mahle tossed six scoreless innings for the Reds, who beefed up their bullpen again by acquiring right-hander Mychal Givens from Colorado before the game. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama each had two RBIs, and Jesse Winker doubled twice and drove in a run.
Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, is the biggest and most expensive prize remaining on the trade deadline market.
Cincinnati Reds (53-49, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (50-53, fourth in the NL Central) Chicago; Thursday, 2:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Luis Castillo (4-10, 4.12 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 113 strikeouts) Cubs: Alec Mills (4-3, 4.55 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 47 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs +104, Reds -122; over/under is even BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Cincinnati will square off on Thursday. The Cubs are 31-20 in home games in 2020.