- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Cincinnati came to Wrigley Field with a 1-9 record against the Chicago Cubs.

Three days later, the Reds left with confidence and some vindication.

Tucker Barnhart hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the seventh inning, and the Reds beat Chicago 5-3 Wednesday to take two of three games.

“No one should be beaten on a major league team the way they beat us,” Reds manager Bryan Price said of Chicago’s recent dominance.

Chicago led 3-1 when Brandon Phillips and Jose Peraza hit consecutive one-out singles against Cahill (1-3), and Barnhart sent a 2-2 sinker into the basket in center field for his third home run this year. It was Barnhart’s seventh career home run, and his first with runners on base.

“I was battling as bad as I have in a while, just trying to get my foot down and kind of flick something to the outfield and got a fastball out over the plate,” the 25-year-old Barnhart said. “That was probably the last pitch I thought was going to come there, and just kind of reacted to it.”

A day after having seven players selected for next week’s All-Star Game, the Cubs lost for the 12th time in 17 games.

“I can’t connect a bunch of negative dots. It just happened,” said manager Joe Maddon, who believes this poor stretch is more a “snapshot” than a sign of bigger problems. “I’m not really that concerned,” he said.

Zack Cozart homered for the third straight game, starting Cincinnati’s offense with his eighth career leadoff homer.

The Reds’ lone All-Star, Adam Duvall, walked and scored on Carl Edwards Jr.’s wild pitch in the eighth and Phillips went 3 for 4 as the Reds improved to 3-10 against their division rivals.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none. Michael Lorenzen pitched two hitless innings, and Tony Cingrani got three straight outs for his 10th save in 15 chances.

“We should be more competitive against everybody, I think, once we get our pitching into good shape,” Price said. “I think we’re closer.” 

Adam Warren was called up from Triple-A Iowa to give the Chicago rotation extra rest with a spot start, and he allowed three hits in five innings, retiring his final 11 batters.

Russell hit an RBI double in the second and scored on Miguel Montero’s single, and Ben Zobrist’s fifth-inning homer gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

The last-place Reds, though, weren’t finished and beat the Cubs on consecutive days at Wrigley for the first time since 2013.

“Good to see Brandon get those three hits and Barney come up with the big blow,” Price said. “Those guys were really the driving force to our offense.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RF Jay Bruce, left off the All-Star team, didn’t start to rest assorted aches and pains. He pinch hit in the ninth and walked before being thrown out trying to steal second. “He’s just beat up right now,” Price said. Bruce took his All-Star snub in stride. “I’m not the first guy to be left off and I’m not going to be the last,” he said.

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler’s first All-Star Game is uncertain as he recovers from a strained right hamstring. Maddon said the team will decide in the next few days whether Fowler is ready for a minor league rehab assignment. … C David Ross was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after taking a foul ball off his mask Tuesday. While with Boston, he missed much of 2013 after taking foul balls off the mask that May 11 and June 14. … Tommy La Stella (hamstring) was activated off the DL, started at third and went 1 for 4.

PERFECT THIEF

Cincinnati stole four bases, two by Peraza. He is 12 for 12 in steal attempts, including 9 for 9 this season.

WOODROW WILSON STYLE

The teams wore baggy throwback uniforms with high socks to commemorate 100 years at Wrigley Field. The Cubs and Reds played the first game at what was then Weeghman Park on April 20, 1916.

UP NEXT

Reds: After an off day in Miami, RHP Dan Straily (4-5, 4.34 ERA) starts Friday night against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (10-4, 2.69).

Cubs: RHP Jason Hammel (7-5, 3.45) is to face Atlanta LHP Lucas Harrell (1-0, 1.50) Thursday night at Wrigley Field in the makeup of an April 30 rainout.

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