Scooter Gennett hits 4 home runs for Reds to tie MLB record

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett, center, is lifted up by Eugenio Suarez as he celebrates in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cincinnati.

And then, after a first-inning RBI single - the home runs are the headline, but Gennett tallied 10 RBIs, too, making him just the 14th player to do so in modern baseball history - the Red took Adam Wainwright deep in the third inning for the second grand slam of his career.

Gennett shares the distinction of wearing No. 4 with a four-homer hitter of acclaim - Lou Gehrig - who happens to be the only player to hit four homers in a game for the team that plays its home games in the city of that player's birth.

Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher John Gant in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Cincinnati. "Even three home runs would be pretty insane for me, so obviously it was a good night", Gennett said after the game.

The diminutive Cincinnati native put on the greatest home run show in franchise history Tuesday night.

Gennett got his second curtain call of the game after his two-run shot off John Brebbia in the eighth.

"My dad was pretty pissed I was 0-for-19", Gennett joked (he entered in a 1-for-20 slump).

CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs as the surging Chicago Cubs beat Miami for a season-high fifth straight win.

Wainwright's streak of scoreless innings ended at 17 in the first inning. Billy Hamilton tapped a grounder that the Cardinals let roll, and it stopped on the first base line. Cingrani had been sidelined April 21 with a strained right oblique.

Right-hander Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.08 ERA) is set to make the start Monday for the Cardinals in the series opener against the Reds.

Gennett was actually born in Cincinnati, although he moved to Florida when he was 9 years old.

Drew Pomeranz (6-3) made those homers stand by allowing two runs and six hits in a laborious five innings.

  • Julie Sanders