Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cubs 5, Reds 2

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CHICAGO -- Ted Lilly wouldn't give in with men on base, kept the runners from scoring and, as usual, gave the Chicago Cubs a chance to win.

"Typical Ted," catcher Koyie Hill said after Lilly pitched six scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. "You know what he's going to do: locate, change speeds, keep them off-balance. That's why he wins so often."

More often than most people might think. Not exactly a superstar, Lilly leads all National League pitchers with 44 victories since the start of 2007, when he joined the Cubs.

"He's a great team guy, a great competitor, and we love having him around," Hill said. "That's more important than the accolades or all that stuff. Flying under the radar is a good thing."

Lilly (12-8) allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven in winning his seventh consecutive home decision. He is 8-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 12 starts at Wrigley Field.

The Reds had runners in scoring position in five of his six innings, but he worked out of trouble each time.

"Not to say it's not important when you're on the road because the games count just as much," said Lilly, who has a 4.62 road ERA. "But it's definitely fun when you can get out of an inning with guys on, and the crowd gets into it."

Derrek Lee homered and singled twice and Andres Blanco had three hits and two RBI for the Cubs, who won the season series 10-5. They are 41-25 against NL Central opponents, 32-43 in games outside the division.

The Reds were officially eliminated from the NL Central race. They were 26-20 and 1½ games out of first place on May 28 but are 38-58 since and have fallen 19½ behind St. Louis. The Reds took the Central title in 1995, the first year of three-division play, but haven't won it since.

"I hate to look at the (standings) in the paper and see an 'X' by us," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Homer Bailey (5-5) allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, losing after a four-start stretch in which he went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA.

All the runs against him came in the fourth. Lee and Aramis Ramirez opened with singles. After Micah Hoffpauir walked and Jeff Baker struck out, Hill lined an RBI single. Blanco followed with a soft single to right, scoring Ramirez and Hoffpauir.

The hits by Lee, Hill and Blanco all came on 0-2 pitches.

"He was throwing the ball as well as I've seen him," Dusty Baker said of the 23-year-old Bailey. "So it was kind of disheartening that he gave up three 0-2 hits. That's part of the learning process on how to put them away when you have them eating out of your hand."

Lee made it 4-0 with a homer off Jared Burton in the seventh, his 32nd of the season. In 100 games since May 16, Lee is batting .330 with 29 home runs and 82 RBI.

Bobby Scales had an RBI groundout in the eighth.

Cincinnati avoided being shut out on Drew Stubbs' two-run, ninth-inning single off John Grabow.

Notes

Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the No. 5 spot in the batting order is "what we need to solve more than anything else." RF Milton Bradley, signed for $30 million last offseason, has only 39 RBI. He went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts Sunday, completing a 1-for-13 series in which he fanned six times and stranded 12 baserunners. After drawing a team-high 66 walks through August, he hasn't had one in September. ... It was the last assignment at Wrigley for Dayton Daily News sportswriter Hal McCoy, a Hall of Famer who has covered the Reds for 37 years and is retiring after the season. The Cubs gave him a No. 37 panel from the center-field scoreboard. ... Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano on Tuesday will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, which has bothered him much of the season.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
Drew Stubbs, CF5022000 .252
Paul Janish, SS5020012 .211
Joey Votto, 1B3010111 .299
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010023 .276
Scott Rolen, 3B4010002 .308
Jonny Gomes, LF4000011 .271
Darnell McDonald, RF4120011 .235
Ryan Hanigan, C2000121 .268
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Fisher, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Rosales, PH1110000 .203
Homer Bailey, P2000022 .069
    Pedro Viola, P0000000 .000
    Corky Miller, C2000002 .171
Totals362102210  
a-doubled for Fisher in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Janish 2 (14, Lilly, Lilly), Scott Rolen (32, Lilly), Darnell McDonald 2 (5, Lilly, Grabow), Adam Rosales (10, Grabow)
RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 2 (4)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Brandon Phillips (9, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey (L,5-5) 5.1933260 5.56
Pedro Viola 0.1000000 2.70
Jared Burton 1.1111031 5.19
Carlos Fisher 1111110 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 115-81, Pedro Viola 3-2, Jared Burton 19-12, Carlos Fisher 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 7-3, Carlos Fisher 2-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 27, Pedro Viola 1, Jared Burton 5, Carlos Fisher 5
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, CF5000026 .262
Milton Bradley, RF5000034 .260
Derrek Lee, 1B4231001 .302
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4120011 .322
Micah Hoffpauir, LF3110112 .235
    Sam Fuld, LF0000000 .271
Jeff Baker, 2B4000026 .286
Koyie Hill, C3111101 .241
Andres Blanco, SS4032001 .257
Ted Lilly, P1000112 .094
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH1010000 .230
    Esmailin Caridad, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   b- Bobby Scales, PH1001000 .241
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Totals355115310  
a-doubled for Lilly in the 6th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Gregg in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Fontenot (20, Bailey)
HR - Derrek Lee (32, Burton)
RBI - Derrek Lee (97), Koyie Hill (24), Andres Blanco 2 (11), Bobby Scales (11)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (10, 2nd base by Bailey/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Baker-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (W,12-8) 6600270 3.05
Esmailin Caridad (H,2) 1100000 2.61
Kevin Gregg 1000020 4.77
John Grabow 1322010 3.14
IBB - Hanigan by Ted Lilly
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 119-78, Esmailin Caridad 15-10, Kevin Gregg 13-8, John Grabow 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 2-9, Esmailin Caridad 1-1, Kevin Gregg 1-0, John Grabow 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 26, Esmailin Caridad 3, Kevin Gregg 3, John Grabow 6
Game Information
Attendance - 39805
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Paul Schrieber