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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.
"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.
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.
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.
|Josh Hamilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer caps the Reds' comeback victory in Chicago. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Norris Hopper, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Jeff Keppinger, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.356|
|Ken Griffey Jr., RF||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.276|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.272|
|Adam Dunn, LF||2||3||1||1||3||1||0||.257|
|Jason Ellison, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||5||2||2||3||0||0||2||.267|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.264|
|Ryan Jorgensen, C||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.500|
|Phil Dumatrait, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Victor Santos, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Gary Majewski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Scott Hatteberg, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.305|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Josh Hamilton, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.288|
|Jared Burton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Weathers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Majewski in the 6th|
|b-homered for Bray in the 8th|
|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|
|Bill Bray (W,1-0)||2||0||0||0||1||2||0||2.70|
|Jared Burton (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.20|
|David Weathers (S,24)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|Ryan Theriot, SS||6||1||2||2||0||1||2||.283|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||1||2||3||1||0||2||.243|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||2||3||.316|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||2||.316|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.283|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daryle Ward, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jake Fox, RF||4||2||1||0||1||1||0||.167|
|Matt Murton, LF||3||2||1||1||2||0||0||.264|
|Jacque Jones, CF||4||1||2||2||1||1||1||.268|
|Ted Lilly, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.143|
|b- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.294|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.120|
|a-flied out for Howry in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Lilly in the 5th|
|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|
|DP - Theriot-Lee|
|PB - Jason Kendall 2 (9)|
|Michael Wuertz (H,8)||0.1||3||3||2||0||0||1||3.76|
|Carlos Marmol (BS,1)||1.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||1.72|
|Bob Howry (L,5-7)||1||2||2||2||1||0||1||3.92|
|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|
|Attendance - 40162|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh|