Chicago Cubs lose a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest against the Cincinnati Reds after Ian Happ leaves the game following a scary collision

Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune
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CINCINNATI — A slugfest broke out Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

As each offense one-upped the other, the Chicago Cubs pitching staff couldn’t shut down the Cincinnati Reds in a 13-12 loss in 10 innings. The Cubs finished the road trip 2-7.

They utilized a five-man infield in the 10th with the Reds’ winning run advancing to third base on a passed ball and nobody out. It didn’t pan out as Jesse Winkler’s single to center off Craig Kimbrel ended it.

The Cubs and Reds combined to hit 10 home runs, tying the single-game Great American Ball Park record set April 14, 2014. The Cubs accounted for five homers, including two from Kris Bryant. Ian Happ’s three-run homer in the top of the eighth tied the score at 12.

A scary, hard collision between Happ and second baseman Nico Hoerner in the eighth overshadowed the loss. They both pursued Tyler Stephenson’s shallow fly ball with the game tied and a runner on second. Happ tried to slide as Hoerner attempted to leap over him while making the catch.

But Happ took the brunt of the collision, appearing to get hit in the head and mouth on the play. Cubs trainers and manager David Ross immediately came to the outfield to check on both players. A cart was brought out for Happ, who briefly stood at one point before returning to the ground. His injury forced some creative defensive maneuvering.

The Cubs had only Willson Contreras left on the bench. Ross indicated before the game he was available in case of an emergency. Right thigh tightness kept Contreras out of Sunday’s lineup, though he told Ross he felt fine.

Hoerner remained in the game and moved to right field, while catcher Tony Wolters shifted to second base, where he has played 38⅓ big-league innings, including six last year for the Colorado Rockies.

Right-hander Trevor Williams lasted only 2⅔ innings after giving up six runs on six hits and four walks.