CINCINNATI — After a day off on Wednesday. The Reds returned for a four-game series against the Cubs as they try to narrow the gap between them and fist-place Chicago.

Alex Wood got the start on Thursday for the series opener and struggled against the Cubs early, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double that scored Kris Bryant to give them a 1-0 lead.

Cincinnati bounced back in the bottom half of the inning when Aristides Aquino drove in Eugenio Suarez to tie things up at one a piece.

The wheels fell off the bus in the third for Wood as the Cubs accounted for four runs in the inning. Nicholas Castellanos hit his 13th homer of the year, a solo shot to center to kickoff the rally. Javier Baez doubled down the line to score Bryant and Ian Happ singled to score Rizzo to make it 5-1 Chicago.

The Reds came back to tie the game again in the bottom of the third. Aquino hit his third homer of the year, a two-run blast that that made it 5-3. Kyle Farmer singled to score Jose Iglesias and Jose Peraza scored on catcher interference to tie the game at five.

The Cincinnati offense stalled after the big inning but the Cubs continued to pour it on. They scored on in the fourth and another in the fifth before exploding for four runs in the seventh to bring the game to 11-5.

Jonathan Lucroy singled in the top of the ninth inning for Chicago to make it 12-5. Kevin Gausman took the loss after only two innings of work. Phillip Ervin led Cincinnati at the plate by going 4-for-5.

The Reds will wrap-up their series against the Cubs on Sunday.