Cubs’ Bryant sets record with three homers, two doubles
Cincinnati — When Kris Bryant reached the dugout after his record-setting third homer, thousands of Cubs fans in the stands cheered for a curtain call. A few teammates wanted him to take a bow, too.
Nope. That was the only thing Chicago's top hitter wouldn't do on his historic night.
Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter in April, setting up an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
The Cubs pulled out of their 1-6 slide behind a tandem that's had some huge moments in Cincinnati.
"The last couple of weeks haven't been what I've wanted, so I figured I'm due," said Bryant, who hit three homers one time during a college game with San Diego.
Arrieta (12-2) threw his second career no-hitter on April 21 during a 16-0 win over the Reds. Bryant led the way with a pair of homers in that game, including a grand slam that gave him a career-high six RBIs.
Arrieta struggled in his return to Cincinnati, giving up a season-high five runs in five innings, but Bryant drove in six runs again to help the right-hander pull through. Bryant's 16 total bases were a Cubs record, and his five hits marked a career high.
"That keeps you back from those 0-for-20 stretches when you have a game like this," Bryant said.
Bryant doubled home a run in the first, hit a solo homer in the third and added a three-run shot deep into the upper deck in left field in the fourth off Dan Straily (4-5). His solo shot in the eighth came off Ross Ohlendorf, who also gave up a homer to Anthony Rizzo.
Most of the 31,762 fans wore Cubs blue and demanded a curtain call after the third homer. Bryant wouldn't oblige, considering it inappropriate on the road.
"He enjoys the moment, but he doesn't go over the top with it," Chicago manager Joe Maddon said. "He's very old school. He doesn't spike the ball in the end zone. He just lays it down or hands it to the official."
Players who have hit three or more home runs in a game this season:
3 — Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, May 10.
3 — Khris Davis, Oakland vs. Texas, May 17
3 — Mookie Betts, Boston at Baltimore, May 31
3 — Victor Martinez, Detroit at Kansas City, June 16
3 — Michael Saunders, Toronto at Baltimore, June 17
3 — Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh at Colorado, April 26.
3 — Aaron Hill, Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 10 innings, May 7
3 — Corey Seager, L.A. Dodgers vs. Atlanta, June 3
3 — Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, June 27