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Reds 14, Cubs 2

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CINCINNATI -- For the first time, the Cincinnati Reds won one going away.

Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat Saturday, and Jonny Gomes broke the game open with a bases-loaded single in the seventh off Carlos Zambrano, setting up a 14-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that brought the Reds some rare, relaxing moments.

For once, everything went right.

"We had some hard-hit balls, and we had some bloopers fall in," Ryan Hanigan said. "It gets to be contagious."

Votto extended his hitting streak to seven games when he connected off left-hander Tom Gorzelanny (1-4), who hadn't allowed a homer by a left-handed batter. Gomes' single sparked a five-run rally in the seventh, and Hanigan added his first career grand slam an inning later as the Reds beat up on Chicago's relievers.

"It's not fun, the way things are going right now," Gorzelanny said. "This is too good of a team to be in the situation we're in right now. There's so much more there."

Aaron Harang (2-4) struck out a season-high nine in 6 2/3 innings of Cincinnati's most lopsided win this season. The Reds have been one of the majors' most dramatic teams, getting nine of their 15 wins in their final at-bat. They hadn't beaten a team by more than four runs all season.

"This was a tight game for a while, but once we got into their bullpen, we were able to put the pressure on them, kind of like what they did to us last night," Harang said. "The quote is: What goes around, comes around."

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro doubled and scored in four at-bats, a day after he drove in a record six runs during his debut during a 14-7 Cubs win. He also committed his first error, one that came at a bad time.

The 20-year-old shortstop doubled off Harang in the top of the seventh and eventually scored when Arthur Rhodes walked Xavier Nady with the bases loaded, cutting it to 3-2.

Then, it all came apart.

Castro then started the Reds' seventh by botching Orlando Cabrera's grounder. Second baseman Mike Fontenot followed with another error, and Sean Marshall walked the bases loaded. Zambrano, who agreed to move to the bullpen last month to give it some stability, came on and gave up Gomes' two-run single.

Hanigan drove in Cincinnati's final runs with his first career grand slam in the eighth off Justin Berg.

Afterward, manager Lou Piniella sat in the chair in his office, holding the bridge of his nose with his left hand while thinking about how his young relievers had melted down again.

"It's 3-2 in the seventh and we had the bases loaded with a chance to take the lead, and what did we lose? 14-2? That's hard to do," Piniella said. "We thought it [the bullpen] would be better than this. Boy, I'll tell you, it gets out of hand in a hurry."

Castro had an historic debut on Friday night, hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat and driving in a record six runs. A day later, he had a couple of bad moments in the field.

The first one came in the third inning, when Brandon Phillips singled to the hole at shortstop -- Castro's long throw wasn't even close. Phillips then stole second by reaching around Castro's tag to get the base with his left hand, a veteran trick that worked on the youngest shortstop in Cubs history. Gomes' single made it 3-0.

Notes

It was 81 degrees at the first pitch on Friday night, 51 degrees on Saturday night. ... The Cubs activated RH reliever Esmailin Caridad off the 15-day DL. He'd been sidelined since April 12 with a strained right forearm. Reliever Jeff Gray was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. ... Struggling LH reliever John Grabow went back to Chicago for a precautionary MRI on his sore left knee. No problem was found. Grabow will get a couple days of rest. He's 0-2 with a 9.26 ERA.

 
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Cincinnati

R. Hanigan
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

M. Byrd
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, 2B4120010 .338
    Esmailin Caridad, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, P0000000 .000
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1010000 .220
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3010010 .329
   b- Xavier Nady, PH-RF1001102 .179
Derrek Lee, 1B5000017 .217
Marlon Byrd, CF5031012 .350
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010002 .157
Alfonso Soriano, LF4020020 .323
Geovany Soto, C4000023 .342
Starlin Castro, SS4110004 .333
Tom Gorzelanny, P2000010 .091
   c- Mike Fontenot, PH-2B1010100 .315
Totals38212229  
a-singled for Berg in the 9th
b-walked for Fukudome in the 7th
c-walked for Gorzelanny in the 7th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (1, Harang)
RBI - Xavier Nady (6), Marlon Byrd (22)
2-OUT RBI - Xavier Nady (5), Marlon Byrd (13)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Theriot-Lee
E - Starlin Castro (1, Misplayed grounder), Mike Fontenot (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Tom Gorzelanny (L,1-4) 6933191 2.83
Esmailin Caridad0020000 13.50
Sean Marshall0011100 2.81
Carlos Zambrano 1322010 6.75
Justin Berg 1366211 6.43
IBB - Hanigan by Tom Gorzelanny, Votto by Justin Berg
HBP - Bruce (by Justin Berg)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 100-65, Esmailin Caridad 12-7, Sean Marshall 5-1, Carlos Zambrano 22-13, Justin Berg 33-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 3-5, Esmailin Caridad 2-0, Carlos Zambrano 2-0, Justin Berg 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 27, Esmailin Caridad 2, Sean Marshall 1, Carlos Zambrano 6, Justin Berg 9
Cincinnati Reds
Orlando Cabrera, SS5320001 .270
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .300
Brandon Phillips, 2B5330001 .263
Joey Votto, 1B3312211 .318
Scott Rolen, 3B4001025 .261
    Danny Herrera, P0000000 .000
Jonny Gomes, LF4133010 .266
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH-3B1000012 .154
Jay Bruce, RF4110022 .245
Drew Stubbs, CF4223122 .188
Ryan Hanigan, C4135100 .409
Aaron Harang, P3000023 .154
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH-LF2000001 .167
Totals39141514411  
a-struck out for Masset in the 8th
b-grounded out for Rhodes in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips 2 (9, Gorzelanny, Berg), Drew Stubbs (3, Gorzelanny), Ryan Hanigan (4, Zambrano)
HR - Joey Votto (6, Gorzelanny), Ryan Hanigan (2, Berg)
SF - Scott Rolen (2)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (17), Scott Rolen (13), Jonny Gomes 3 (18), Drew Stubbs 3 (11), Ryan Hanigan 5 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (6), Drew Stubbs 3 (5), Ryan Hanigan 5 (11)
SB - Orlando Cabrera (4, 2nd base off Caridad/Soto), Brandon Phillips (3, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Soto), Drew Stubbs (8, 3rd base off Gorzelanny/Soto)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,2-4) 6.2722190 6.02
Mike Lincoln0100000 3.00
Arthur Rhodes (H,7) 0.1000100 0.75
Nick Masset 1200000 8.40
Danny Herrera 1200000 1.74
WP - Aaron Harang (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 121-85, Mike Lincoln 4-2, Arthur Rhodes 8-3, Nick Masset 20-11, Danny Herrera 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-6, Arthur Rhodes 1-0, Nick Masset 1-2, Danny Herrera 1-2
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 27, Mike Lincoln 1, Arthur Rhodes 2, Nick Masset 5, Danny Herrera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26404
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Brian Runge