August 12, 1976: Trailing 10-1 after three innings, the Reds come back to top the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, 13-10, in 10 innings.
The Cubs didn’t treat Reds starter Fred Norman nor reliever Pedro Borbon very kindly. Norman gave up seven hits, two walks, and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings and watched his ERA balloon by nearly half a run from 2.25 to 2.74. Borbon allowed six hits and three runs in 2 2/3 innings before departing. The Reds relievers hold the Cubs scoreless over the final seven innings of the game, allowing only three hits and one walk the rest of the way.
The Reds began their comeback in the sixth on a Tony Perez two-run home run off Cubs starter Bill Bonham. The Reds added four more in the seventh on a Johnny Bench three-run homer and a Cesar Geronimo double. The Reds pulled within two at 10-8 in the eighth when Bench singled home Joe Morgan. The Reds tied it at 10 in the top of the ninth when Ken Griffey connects for a two-out two-run home run.
The Reds won it in the 10th as the Cubs’ defense fell apart behind reliever Darold Knowles. Bench started the inning by reaching safely on a misplayed ground ball by Cubs shortstop Mick Kelleher. Ed Armbrister entered the game to pinch run for Bench. Tony Perez singled to left and Armbrister scored all the way from first base when first baseman Pete LaCock mishandled the throw from the outfield. Perez advaned to second base on the play with the Reds now leading, 11-10. One out later, Perez was balked to third base by Knowles. Dave Concepcion then came through with his fourth hit of the game, scoring Perez and making the score 12-10. The Reds scored their 13th and final run when Doug Flynn tripled to score Concepcion.
The win gave the 1976 Reds a 12 1/2 game lead over the second place Los Angeles Dodgers. The 1976 Reds cruised to win the National League West championship, and then swept the Philadelphia Phillies in three games to win the the National League pennant, and then swept the New York Yankees in four straight to win the World Series.