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CHICAGO -- Disgruntled fans bade a not-so-fond farewell to Dusty Baker after the Cubs sent him packing. Four years later, he has returned to Chicago for a little revenge.
Now he's managing the first-place Cincinnati Reds. And when his new club beat his old one 3-2 in 10 innings Thursday, fans at Wrigley Field seemed angrier than ever.
Baker said he'd rather look forward to a promising future than back at what happened in Chicago, where he guided the Cubs within five outs of the 2003 World Series but where things eventually ended unhappily -- "kind of like a very good marriage gone bad," he said.
Asked if bringing a division-leading team into Wrigley gave him extra satisfaction, Baker said: "It would give more satisfaction if we were still in first when we leave."
With their ninth consecutive extra-innings road victory -- a streak that dates to June 2009 and the NL's longest since Atlanta won nine straight in 1999-2000 -- Baker's Reds moved a season-high 10 games over .500.
"There's no surprise there at all," Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee said. "Dusty knows how to get the best out of his guys. He's proven that over the years."
The Reds are locked in a tight race with St. Louis in the NL Central but are 10½ games ahead of the fourth-place Cubs. Chicago dropped 11 games below the break-even mark, its lowest point since finishing 2006 at 66-96 -- leading to Baker's dismissal.
The Cubs have lost 11 straight series openers and have scored two runs or fewer in 10 of their last 12 games. They were booed throughout by impatient fans who expected more from a team with baseball's third-highest payroll.
"We just don't seem to come up with the big hit when we need it," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "It's been a recurring theme."
Baker said managing the Cubs, who last won the World Series in 1908, is difficult "because nobody lets anything go from the past."
"I was here four out of the 100 years," he said. "Most people act like I was here the whole hundred."
Criticized in Chicago for refusing to use young players and for failing to instill proper fundamentals, Baker has thrived in Cincinnati because his youngsters have excelled and his team has been fundamentally sound.
Travis Wood, 23, pitched seven strong innings in his major-league debut Thursday. Jay Bruce, 23, made the winning run possible with a picture-perfect slide to break up a double play. Stubbs, 25, drove in that run. Emerging star Joey Votto, 26, had two hits.
The Reds, who lead the league in fielding, also turned huge double plays in the eighth and 10th innings. Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips keyed both.
Cairo singled off Bob Howry (1-2) with one out in the 10th and went to third on Bruce's hit-and-run single. Stubbs then grounded to second baseman Ryan Theriot, who threw to shortstop Starlin Castro for an out. With a sliding Bruce bearing down, however, Castro dropped the ball before he could make the relay throw.
"You're taught to play a certain way," Bruce said. "That's the way we play on this team. It does help win games."
Indeed, while the Cubs lead the majors with 19 one-run losses, the Reds are best in baseball with 15 final-at-bat wins.
Wood allowed only two hits and one walk in seven shutout innings but was removed after he opened the eighth by walking Geovany Soto and Castro.
After Kosuke Fukudome sacrificed to advance both runners, Colvin singled off Nick Masset to make it 2-all. Colvin took second on the throw to the plate and went to third on Mike Fontenot's pinch-single before Lee grounded into a double play.
Carlos Silva allowed a season-high 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings but kept the Cubs in the game by repeatedly pitching out of trouble.
|Francisco Cordero closes out the win for Cincy, whose streak in extra innings dates to June 2009. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||0||0||0||1||1||6||.308|
|Orlando Cabrera, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||3||.248|
|Joey Votto, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||2||5||.314|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||0||1||.302|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||0||2||1||0||2||3||.285|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jordan Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.297|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.283|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.234|
|Corky Miller, C||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.212|
|Travis Wood, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.500|
|Laynce Nix, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.238|
|b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.264|
|a-singled for Smith in the 10th|
|b-walked for Nix in the 10th|
|2B - Orlando Cabrera (19, Silva), Jay Bruce (17, Silva)|
|3B - Scott Rolen (2, Silva)|
|SH - Travis Wood (1)|
|RBI - Scott Rolen (54), Jonny Gomes (52), Drew Stubbs (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (18), Jonny Gomes (19)|
|CS - Jonny Gomes (3, 2nd base by Silva/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Rolen-B. Phillips-Votto, Cabrera-B. Phillips-Votto|
|Nick Masset (BS,1)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||5.71|
|Jordan Smith (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.04|
|Francisco Cordero (S,22)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.03|
|Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 91-56, Nick Masset 19-13, Jordan Smith 12-9, Francisco Cordero 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 5-12, Nick Masset 2-0, Jordan Smith 1-1, Francisco Cordero 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Travis Wood 26, Nick Masset 4, Jordan Smith 3, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||5||0||1||2||0||0||2||.275|
|Jeff Baker, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.241|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.290|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bob Howry, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Stevens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.231|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.180|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Geovany Soto, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Ryan Theriot, PR-2B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Starlin Castro, SS||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.274|
|Carlos Silva, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Xavier Nady, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|c- Kosuke Fukudome, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Koyie Hill, C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.229|
|a-singled for Baker in the 8th|
|b-announced for Russell in the 8th|
|c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Nady in the 8th|
|SH - Carlos Silva (5), Kosuke Fukudome (3)|
|RBI - Tyler Colvin 2 (29)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1|
|Bob Howry (L,1-2)||0.1||1||1||1||0||0||0||6.41|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Silva 105-74, James Russell 6-5, Carlos Marmol 25-14, Bob Howry 4-3, Sean Marshall 13-6, Jeff Stevens 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Silva 7-8, Bob Howry 1-0, Sean Marshall 1-0, Jeff Stevens 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Silva 32, James Russell 1, Carlos Marmol 6, Bob Howry 2, Sean Marshall 4, Jeff Stevens 1|
|Attendance - 36880|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Angel Campos|