- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Eugenio Suarez has had three eventful days with the Cincinnati Reds.

He hit a tying, two-run home run in the sixth inning coming out of a lengthy rain delay before Starlin Castro’s single in the ninth lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Reds on Saturday night.

Called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday to replace injured shortstop Zack Cozart, Suarez also had the winning hit in the 10th inning of the Reds’ 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday.

“Right now, I feel really blessed,” Suarez said.

Suarez tied the game for the Reds in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run off James Russell soon after the game was resumed from a 2-hour, 48-minute rain delay.

“We came out of that rain delay with a lot of intensity and fire,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We really played those last four innings extremely hard, extremely well and made a game of it.”

Suarez has five career home runs, including four last season with Detroit.

“He threw a two-seamer and he hung it, and I hit it pretty good,” Suarez said.

During the rain delay, the Wrigley Field videoboards showed Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. At one point, fans were urged to seek shelter due to lightning. A fan ran onto the field after the Blackhawks took the lead and was caught in center field. Chicago won 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Neither starting pitcher returned after the rain delay. Kyle Hendricks struck out seven in five innings. Mike Leake allowed five hits in five innings.

Kris Bryant led off the bottom of the ninth with a double before Miguel Montero was hit by a pitch to bring up Castro, who singled to center field off Tony Cingrani (0-3).

“We continue to play adverse circumstances with the weather. They came back,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We have opportunities, don’t get it done, but don’t cave. That’s how you play in October.”

Jason Motte (3-1) allowed two hits and struck out one in scoreless ninth for the Cubs, who have won five of seven.

Montero hit a two-run home run, his ninth, on the first pitch he saw from Leake in the second. Bryant scored after he singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

“They were both mistakes that they did what they should have done with. They made me pay,” Leake said.

Joey Votto’s solo home run, his 14th, made it a one-run game in the fourth. It was his first homer since he hit three June 9 against the Phillies.

Bryant scored from third on a fielder’s choice for a two-run lead in the fourth. He was initially ruled out at home on a throw from Suarez, but the call was overturned after a review.

The Reds had two in scoring position in the ninth before Skip Schumaker’s inning-ending groundout.

“It’s a tough one to lose because the guys were pushing hard to win that ballgame,” Price said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) remained out of the starting lineup for the third straight game. He pinch hit Friday and Saturday. “Until I see him make more explosive movements, I don’t think he’ll start,” Price said.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5-4, 3.53 ERA) will start against Cubs LHP Jon Lester (4-5, 4.25) in the series finale.

A FAVORITE PLACE

Votto’s 11 career home runs at Wrigley Field tie his most at an opponent’s ballpark. He also has 11 at the Brewers’ Miller Park. His solo shot Saturday was his first at Wrigley since June 11, 2013.


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