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Reds capitalize on sloppy Cubs to win series

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CINCINNATI -- Two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball added up to one bad inning -- and one stunning loss -- for the Chicago Cubs.

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Michael Barrett's passed ball let in the tiebreaking run during a wild seventh inning Thursday that helped the Cincinnati Reds rally for a 5-2 victory over the Cubs, who have invested a lot of money in their lineup and their rotation.

In this one, the bullpen let them down.

"The fact of the matter is, we're better than that," said reliever Will Ohman, who threw the slider that got away and changed the game. "We're going to win more than we lose."

Not in the opening series. The Reds took two of three by taking advantage of the Cubs' self-destruction in the final game.

"We've shown early in the season that we can come back like that," Reds starter Kyle Lohse said. "That's a pretty good start to the year right there."

Bob Howry (0-1) gave up Jeff Conine's pinch-single that tied the game with two outs in the seventh, then walked Ryan Freel to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Ohman came on to face Adam Dunn.

A wild pitch moved the runners up, and Ohman then threw the full-count slider that deflected off the end of Barrett's mitt and skittered to the backstop, allowing Conine to score from third easily.

Conine was ready to run the moment the ball eluded Barrett.

"He's already advanced us with a wild pitch, so it was definitely on my mind that he might come up with another one," Conine said. "With Adam up there, you know he's not going to throw a 3-2 fastball, so you've got to be alert."

There was plenty of blame to go around, and all three Cubs accepted a share.

"I hate walking guys," Howry said.

"That's on me," Ohman said. "If I don't throw the first wild pitch, he doesn't score."

"My job right there is to keep the ball in front of me, no matter what," Barrett said. "I didn't get the job done."

Scott Hatteberg added a two-run homer in the eighth off Scott Eyre, completing the comeback against a bullpen that didn't give up a run in the first two games of the series.

Victor Santos (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the seventh, and Mike Stanton induced pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno to pop out with runners on second and third in the eighth. David Weathers recorded three outs for his first save.

The Cubs also hurt themselves with several base-running gaffes. Alfonso Soriano was picked off first base after his single in the seventh, undercutting a rally.

Both starters were solid, making it come down to the bullpens.

Jason Marquis, who led the NL in losses, runs and homers allowed last season with St. Louis, pitched six innings in his Cubs debut before turning a 2-1 lead over to the bullpen. It was the second game in a row that a newcomer impressed.

The Cubs are counting on Marquis and left-hander Ted Lilly -- two offseason free-agent acquisitions -- to get them through yet another spell without the oft-injured Kerry Wood and Mark Prior.

Lilly threw seven innings during a 4-1 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night, the Cubs' first under new manager Lou Piniella.

Lohse gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mark DeRosa hit the Cubs' first homer of the season, and Aramis Ramirez extended his fast start with three more hits, including a tiebreaking double.

DeRosa, one of six free agents added to the Cubs' roster in the offseason, hit a solo homer in the second inning and added a single off Lohse. DeRosa is 6-for-8 career off the right-hander.

Ramirez is even better. He singled in each of his first two at-bats, and doubled home Matt Murton in the fifth inning for a 2-1 lead. Ramirez is 5-for-5 off Lohse with a homer and a double.

He also had three hits off Bronson Arroyo in the Cubs' victory on Wednesday night, and has opened the season on a 7-for-13 tear.

Notes

  • It was 35 degrees with a few snowflakes at the first pitch.
  • Chicago's Derrek Lee will wear No. 42 on April 15, honoring the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. Each team is allowed to have a player were the number, which has been retired by baseball.
  • Soriano had a hit in each of the three games, going 3-for-14 overall. Soriano received a $136 million, eight-year deal from the Cubs.
  • Ken Griffey Jr. made his first error in right field since he was moved out of center. He also went 0-for-4.
 
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Sure he can hit, but Cincinnati's Adam Dunn errors on this Cesar Izturis fly ball in the eighth inning.   (AP)
Sure he can hit, but Cincinnati's Adam Dunn errors on this Cesar Izturis fly ball in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. DeRosa
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

S. Hatteberg
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, CF5010011 .231
Matt Murton, LF3110100 .286
    Ryan Theriot, PR-LF1000000 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B5010011 .333
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4031001 .538
Jacque Jones, RF4000004 .083
Michael Barrett, C4000010 .000
Mark DeRosa, 2B3121100 .556
Cesar Izturis, SS4020011 .364
Jason Marquis, P3000013 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
   a- Cliff Floyd, PH0000000 .250
   b- Ronny Cedeno, PH1000002 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
Totals37210225  
a-announced for Guzman in the 8th
b-popped out for Floyd in the 8th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Lohse), Cesar Izturis 2 (2, Lohse, Lohse)
HR - Mark DeRosa (1, Lohse)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez (1), Mark DeRosa (3)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (1)
SB - Ryan Theriot (1, 2nd base off Santos/Valentin)
PK - Alfonso Soriano (1, Lohse)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Lee-Izturis
PB - Michael Barrett (1)
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis 6411210 1.50
Bob Howry (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2221100 5.40
Will Ohman0000100 0.00
Angel Guzman 0.1000000 0.00
Scott Eyre 1222121 18.00
WP - Will Ohman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 82-51, Bob Howry 14-7, Will Ohman 6-2, Angel Guzman 3-2, Scott Eyre 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 9-7, Bob Howry 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 23, Bob Howry 5, Will Ohman 1, Angel Guzman 1, Scott Eyre 6
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF2000201 .200
Adam Dunn, LF3010112 .364
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110003 .100
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4000011 .300
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3111100 .222
    Chad Moeller, C0000000 .000
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4222001 .250
Alex Gonzalez, SS3010010 .250
Javier Valentin, C3010102 .333
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Kyle Lohse, P0000000 .000
    Victor Santos, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Conine, PH1111000 .200
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
    Kirk Saarloos, P0000000 .000
    Mike Stanton, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Castro, PH-3B1000001 .000
Totals2858453  
a-singled for Santos in the 7th
b-lined out for Stanton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Javier Valentin (1, Eyre)
HR - Scott Hatteberg (1, Eyre)
SH - Alex Gonzalez (1), Kyle Lohse 2 (2)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (1), Scott Hatteberg 2 (3), Jeff Conine (1)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (1), Jeff Conine (1)
SB - Brandon Phillips (1, 2nd base off Marquis/Barrett)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Adam Dunn (1, Dropped fly), Ken Griffey Jr. (1, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Kyle Lohse 6.11022131 2.84
Victor Santos (W,1-0) 0.2000000 0.00
Rheal Cormier (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Kirk Saarloos (H,1) 0.1000110 0.00
Mike Stanton (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
David Weathers (S,1) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 103-72, Victor Santos 11-5, Rheal Cormier 2-2, Kirk Saarloos 11-5, Mike Stanton 3-1, David Weathers 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 5-10, Victor Santos 2-0, David Weathers 1-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 29, Victor Santos 2, Rheal Cormier 1, Kirk Saarloos 3, Mike Stanton 1, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 25070
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 35
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Bob Davidson