CHICAGO (AP) — The list includes Ted Kluszewski, George Crowe, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Jr., and Adam Dunn, and that part meant something to Devin Mesoraco. The home run itself, well, it just made the score a little closer.
Mesoraco homered for the fifth straight game, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 7-3 loss at the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
"It was late in the game. All the other homers were to help the team win, and important, big homers," he said. "They actually meant a lot. That one didn't really help us come back, so it doesn't mean as much."
Mesoraco matched a franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run when he went deep against Neil Ramirez. Kluszewski (1954), Crowe (1957), Bench (1972), Griffey (2003) and Dunn (2008) also hold the mark.
"I think that the coolest thing is just the company that that puts me with," Mesoraco said. "Those guys were incredible hitters and for my name to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys, that's pretty cool."
The Cubs used an outstanding outing by Jake Arrieta to stop a three-game losing streak. Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings.
"He was commanding his pitches," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "His pitches had life."
Arrieta (4-1) struck out eight during his perfect start, including the side in the sixth. He had a leadoff walk in the bottom half and came around to score when Homer Bailey (7-4) hit Starlin Castro with the bases loaded.
That little trip around the bases proved costly. Rookie Billy Hamilton started the seventh with a single up the middle for Cincinnati's first baserunner.
"I was pretty gassed there, unfortunately," Arrieta said. "Pretty humid night. Long inning there in the sixth. Running the bases, which really isn't all that tough in itself, but you couple that with being on the mound and having that long layoff, it adds a little bit to it."
Arrieta allowed two runs and three hits while improving to 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts. It was his first win of the season at Wrigley Field, where he has yielded three runs in 23 innings over four starts.