CINCINNATI (AP) — Something different seems to prevent Jeff Samardzija from getting a win. This time, it was a lot of rain.
Billy Hamilton hit his first career homer and Chris Heisey singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning, sending the Cincinnati Reds over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Tuesday night in a game delayed three times.
The game started 19 minutes late. There was a 15-minute delay in the top of the fifth and a 1-hour, 11-minute delay in the bottom of the sixth. The stop-and-start pace took a toll on Samardzija (0-3), who has gone 12 starts without a victory.
"Just up-and-down, up-and-down," he said, referring to the delays. "It kind of played a little bit into my wildness. Too many walks."
Hamilton's solo homer off Samardzija tied it in the fifth. Zack Cozart tripled to right-center field with two outs in the sixth, and Heisey's pinch-hit single put the Reds ahead as heavy rain started to fall and the third rain delay followed.
"His velocity was still good," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We thought: 'You know what? He's been battling all game, we'll let him get this guy.'"
Alfredo Simon (4-1) gave up five hits, including Starlin Castro's two-run single, before Heisey pinch-hit for him.
Jonathan Broxton retired all three batters in the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
The Cubs have lost five of their last six games, falling to 8-17. Their offense has been horrible on the road, where they're 3-9. They have yet to win a series this season.
"Today was a 3-2 ballgame," Renteria said. "If we keep edging forward, at some point those will start to come. Hopefully they come in bunches."