The Cincinnati Reds' losing streak reached four on Tuesday, as a two-run homer by Ken Griffey, Jr. was not enough to overcome three Chicago home runs.
Reds starter Aaron Harang took the loss after being knocked around for eight hits and five runs in six innings.
Ryan Dempster threw six innings for Chicago, giving up four runs on five hits, and working out of trouble on numerous occasions.
The Reds were hoping to pick up a win after being swept in the weekend series by the surprising Pirates. The loss drops the Reds to 6-8 on the season, while the win helps the Cubbies improve to 8-5 on the young season.
Both teams had players wearing number "42" to commemorate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Ken Griffey, Jr. and Derek Lee both sported the number, and both hit home runs.
In the end, the Reds' bullpen let the game get out of reach soon after Harang left the game, and the 9-4 deficit became too much to overcome. The two teams meet again tomorrow at 7:05 PM CST.