Nick Senzel of Cincinnati slides into second as Cubs infielder Javier Baez makes the tag. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Nick Senzel of Cincinnati slides into second as Cubs infielder Javier Baez makes the tag. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

CINCINNATI — The Reds continued their four-game series against Chicago on Friday with a 5-2 victory. Aristides Aquino hit a two-run blast and helped push Cincinnati past the Cubs. Aqino had an impressive weekend against their NL Central rivals including three homeruns in Saturday’s game.

Eugenio Suarez hit his 31st homerun of the year in the fourth to put the Reds up 3-1. Joey Votto hit a solo blast to center in the sixth inning to make it 4-1, Cincinnati.

The Reds got one more in the seventh on a RBI single that scored Nick Senzel. Chicago scored one in the top of the eighth but the Cincinnati bullpen closed out the game strong.

Trever Bauer grabbed his first win in a Reds uniform after seven innings on the mound with 11 strikeouts. He held the Cubs to one run and only three hits, walking two.

“We had to have this one tonight,” Cincinnati catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “That was the feeling in the clubhouse. Truly, we’ve got to get the series. Thursday was a bummer and Friday was a had-to-have game. We got a great start by Trevor. Hell of a win for us.”

Raisel Iglesias earned the save, his 23rd of the season.

The Cincinnati bats were alive and well in game three on Saturday. Aquino hit three homers in the game with the first one coming in the second inning, a solo shot to left that put the Reds up 2-0. He jacked another in the third to kickoff a four-run rally by Cincinnati.

Suarez hit his 32nd homerun of the year in the fourth to make it 8-0 before Aquino blasted his third homer of the game and seventh dinger in 10 games.

Kyle Schwarber had the only run for the Cubs, a solo shot in the ninth as the Reds hold out for a 10-1 win.

Sonny Gray picked up the victory on the mound after six innings of work, his seventh of the year. Sal Romano picked up his second save after being recalled from AAA with two strikeouts in three innings.

Is that him or is it Eric Davis? I don’t know. It’s the same number [44],” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.

Cincinnati had a chance to take the series from Chicago on Sunday with both teams throwing their aces for game four. Luis Castillo took the mound for the Reds while John Lester got the nod for the Cubs.

Both pitchers were at the top of their game through the first two innings before the Reds got on the board in the bottom of the third. Votto doubled down the right field line to score Nick Senzel and Aquino singled to center and scored Suarez to make it 2-0, Cincinnati.

Suarez blasted his 33rd homerun of the season in the fifth inning, a solo shot to center that gave the Reds a 3-0 lead.

Javier Baez helped get the Cubs offense in line with an RBI double that score Jason Heyward as cracks began to show in the Cincinnati pitching.

Chicago rallied for four-runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. With two outs, Michael Lorenzen was brought in to relieve Castillo and gave up a three-run homer to Kris Bryant and made it 5-3. Amir Garrett closed out the inning.

Garrett began serving an eight-game suspension on Monday and cannot be replaced on the 25-man roster. Garrett was ejected in the 11-4 loss on July 30 against Pittsburgh.

Ian Happ hit a solo homerun in the eighth off of Garrett to make it 6-3 Cubs as they spit the series 2-2. Lester pitched five innings and struckout seven but failed to get the win.

He threw the ball really well. He was good. He was very good,” Maddon said. “They hit the homerun, but otherwise, the ball was well placed against him. I thought the numbers were good on the board again. I thought the location was better and he had a more pertinent curveball.”

Cincinnati travels to Washington for a three-game series on Monday before returning home for a four-game stint against the Cardinals. The Redlegs haven’t won a season series vs the Nationals since 2015