CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant belted three home runs in an 11-8 win over the Reds on Monday night, supplanting Ernie Banks as the youngest in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
Bryant, 24, who went 5-for-5 with two doubles and six RBIs, is 10 days younger than Banks was when he accomplished the feat in 1955. His five extra-base hits were the most by a Cub since 1885, and his 16 total bases were the most in a game this season, according to ESPN Stats Information.
Kris Bryant hits 3 homers as Cubs, Arrieta beat Reds
Kris Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo homer in leading the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
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Bryant hit home run No. 19 on the season in the third inning, a solo shot to left center. In the fourth, he hit a bomb to the upper deck in left field with two men on for No. 20. In the eighth inning, he hit another solo shot for home run No. 21. He had six RBIs on the night and 57 for the season.
Bryant’s second and third home runs Monday were his third- and fourth-longest of the season.