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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (52-67) «02400302011120
Chi. Cubs (60-59)0331200009110

Hamilton's pinch-hit homer snaps tie as Reds win at Wrigley

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- After blowing a three-run lead in yet another loss, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was still able to make an attempt at humor.

Pinch-hitter Josh Hamilton hit a two-run, tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the slumping Cubs 11-9 on Wednesday night.

"It seems like we're in a pennant race," Piniella said. "I'm not too damn sure."

The Cubs lost for the 10th time in 13 games but they remained 1½ games behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central for the fifth consecutive game despite the club's recent struggles. The Brewers lost 8-3 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

"We've been very fortunate. We haven't really played our best baseball over the last couple of weeks but we found a way to stay in it," Cubs outfielder Matt Murton said.

Ryan Jorgensen, Jeff Conine and Adam Dunn homered for the Reds, who have won six of their last nine games.

Jason Kendall and Aramis Ramirez homered for the Cubs.

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 31 minutes by rain.

With one out in the eighth, Jorgensen singled off Cubs reliever Bob Howry (5-7). Hamilton followed with his second pinch-hit homer of the season and 15th overall.

"I just got in good hitting position and reacted to it. (It was) a fastball, up and away. It probably would have been ball three. I should have taken it but then again Dunn hit his ball tonight and it was up and away," Hamilton said.

Bill Bray (1-0) pitched two scoreless inning for the victory. David Weathers pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save in 29 opportunities.

Ramirez broke a 6-all tie in the fourth with his 18th homer off reliever Victor Santos.

After a double by Ryan Theriot in the fifth, Kendall homered off Santos to make 9-6. It was Kendall's first homer with the Cubs since being traded from Oakland on July 16. He has three on the season.

Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz came in with a three-run lead in the sixth. He was greeted by Dunn with a solo shot to right on the first pitch. Conine followed with an infield single and scored from first on a double by Edwin Encarnacion. Scott Hatteberg's sacrifice fly tied the game at 6-6.

In his first major league at-bat of the season, Jorgensen put the Reds ahead in the second with a two-run shot off Cubs starter Ted Lilly. He was called up on Tuesday from Triple-A Louisville to replace catcher David Ross, who is on the disabled list with a concussion.

Jorgensen won't be forgetting his memorable night.

"It's definitely a fairy tale. Something you see in a movie," he said. "I was hyped up."

Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Cubs received consecutive doubles from Jake Fox, Murton and Jacque Jones to tie the score. Two outs later, Kendall drove in Jones with another double to put the Cubs up 3-2.

The Reds came back to take the lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Ken Griffey Jr. and Conine's three-run homer to left. It was Conine's sixth of the season and put the Reds ahead 6-3.

Lilly came into the game having won eight of his last nine starts. He pitched five innings and gave up six runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked two.

"It's pretty tough, given the fact that our offense goes out there and is banging the ball all over the field and I didn't take advantage of it," Lilly said. "I felt like that was a game I needed to take control of."

In his third major league start, Phil Dumatrait gave up four runs, five hits and four walks.

Notes

  • The Reds put SS Alex Gonzalez on the bereavement list and replaced him with INF Mark Bellhorn. Bellhorn went to Triple-A Louisville after being designated for assignment by the Reds after Sunday's game.
  • Fox recorded his first major league hit with a double in the second inning.
  • Hopper has an 11-game hitting streak.
 
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Josh Hamilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer caps the Reds' comeback victory in Chicago.  (AP)
Josh Hamilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer caps the Reds' comeback victory in Chicago. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Kendall
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Conine
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
Norris Hopper, CF5120000 .315
Jeff Keppinger, SS3010100 .356
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5121012 .276
Brandon Phillips, 2B5000023 .272
Adam Dunn, LF2311310 .257
    Jason Ellison, LF0000000 .255
Jeff Conine, 1B5223002 .267
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4111011 .264
Ryan Jorgensen, C4222001 .500
Phil Dumatrait, P1000010 .000
    Victor Santos, P1000010 .000
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Hatteberg, PH0001000 .305
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   b- Josh Hamilton, PH1112000 .288
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals3611121147  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Majewski in the 6th
b-homered for Bray in the 8th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (13, Wuertz)
HR - Adam Dunn (31, Wuertz), Jeff Conine (6, Lilly), Ryan Jorgensen (1, Lilly), Josh Hamilton (15, Howry)
SF - Scott Hatteberg (2)
SH - Jeff Keppinger (5)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (75), Adam Dunn (78), Jeff Conine 3 (31), Edwin Encarnacion (48), Ryan Jorgensen 2 (2), Scott Hatteberg (41), Josh Hamilton 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine 3 (14), Ryan Jorgensen 2 (2)
Team LOB - 4
Cincinnati Reds
Phil Dumatrait 2555410 10.32
Victor Santos 2.2544342 5.14
Gary Majewski 0.1000000 13.50
Bill Bray (W,1-0) 2000120 2.70
Jared Burton (H,3) 1000020 3.20
David Weathers (S,24) 1100000 3.71
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Dumatrait 68-36, Victor Santos 67-38, Gary Majewski 5-3, Bill Bray 25-20, Jared Burton 9-8, David Weathers 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Dumatrait 3-2, Victor Santos 2-2, Gary Majewski 1-0, Bill Bray 3-1, David Weathers 3-0
Batters Faced - Phil Dumatrait 15, Victor Santos 16, Gary Majewski 1, Bill Bray 7, Jared Burton 3, David Weathers 4
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, SS6122012 .283
Jason Kendall, C4123102 .243
Derrek Lee, 1B4010123 .316
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4121112 .316
Mark DeRosa, 2B3100103 .283
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000000 .304
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
Jake Fox, RF4210110 .167
Matt Murton, LF3211200 .264
Jacque Jones, CF4122111 .268
Ted Lilly, P2000024 .143
   b- Mike Fontenot, PH1000010 .294
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Ronny Cedeno, 2B2000001 .120
Totals38911989  
a-flied out for Howry in the 8th
b-struck out for Lilly in the 5th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (20, Santos), Jason Kendall (15, Dumatrait), Jake Fox (1, Dumatrait), Matt Murton (9, Dumatrait), Jacque Jones (24, Dumatrait)
HR - Jason Kendall (3, Santos), Aramis Ramirez (18, Santos)
RBI - Ryan Theriot 2 (36), Jason Kendall 3 (34), Aramis Ramirez (71), Matt Murton (15), Jacque Jones 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kendall (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Lee
PB - Jason Kendall 2 (9)
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly 5666252 3.74
Michael Wuertz (H,8) 0.1332001 3.76
Carlos Marmol (BS,1) 1.2100110 1.72
Bob Howry (L,5-7) 1222101 3.92
Kerry Wood 1000010 4.76
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 85-58, Michael Wuertz 14-8, Carlos Marmol 29-17, Bob Howry 22-13, Kerry Wood 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-4, Carlos Marmol 2-2, Bob Howry 1-2, Kerry Wood 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 22, Michael Wuertz 4, Carlos Marmol 7, Bob Howry 6, Kerry Wood 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40162
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh