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Cincinnati (47-36) «00120280114161
Chi. Cubs (35-47)020001000380

Reds 14, Cubs 3

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CHICAGO -- Drew Stubbs had an idea of what might happen Sunday when he watched the ball carry over the fence at Wrigley Field during batting practice.

When the game started, Stubbs belted three of the Cincinnati Reds' season-high seven home runs to lead a 14-3 romp over the Chicago Cubs.

"You could tell in BP it was going to be a good day for hitters," Stubbs said. "The wind blowing out the way it was, all you're looking to do is get pitches up and try to be on the ball. Not only myself, but a number of other guys were able to do that today."

The hot-hitting Reds took advantage of a 20-mph gusts to hit four of the homers during an eight-run seventh inning, all coming after Cubs starter Ted Lilly retired the first two batters.

Brandon Phillips began the barrage with a solo shot to left, and Jonny Gomes chased Lilly (3-7) with a two-run homer. Jeff Stevens came on in relief and surrendered a solo home run to Corky Miller, and after back-to-back walks, Stubbs went deep for the second time in the game.

Stubbs also hit a solo home run in the third inning and another solo shot in the ninth, the first multihomer game for him. He has 11 home runs on the season.

"They were having fun, for sure," Lilly said. "I think we did our part to help them from a pitching standpoint. On the same token you have to give them credit, they didn't miss too many pitches left over the plate."

Mike Leake (6-1) picked up the victory for Cincinnati, allowing three runs in six innings to win for the first time since June 5 against Washington. Three relievers combined to pitch three perfect innings and finish it off.

"He only made one mistake and that was to Tyler Colvin, who's swinging the bat great," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "After that he settled down and our offense did the rest. We needed that offense because you never feel comfortable in this ballpark with the wind blowing out."

Colvin drove in all three runs for Chicago, on a two-run homer in the second inning and a home run to center in the sixth.

The seventh inning for the Cubs was nearly as horrific as a nine-run seventh inning on Friday. In both games, the Reds sent 13 batters to the plate, but they only needed three hits to get all that offense Friday afternoon.

"It got ugly towards the end again. It reminds us of the Friday game," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "You would think we could get a few balls up in the air and let them ride out of here but the only guy that did was Colvin."

The Reds played most of the game without Joey Votto, who was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike.

"Middle of the year, you're going to get frustrated," Votto said. "I couldn't keep my temper in check and I deserved to get thrown out of that game.

"On the flip side, my replacement did pretty good."

Paul Janish went 4 for 4 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

"He had about one minute to get loose after Joey got ejected," Baker said.

The Reds have had some impressive power surges against the Cubs in the past.

The four home runs in the seventh were the most allowed by Chicago in an inning since May 7, 2008, at Cincinnati. And the seven home runs in the game were the most by the Cubs' pitching staff since the Reds belted seven of them on July 10, 2008.

Lilly didn't feel comfortable with any of his pitches.

"Everything," he said. "It was hanging sliders, change-ups that were left up. Too many balls that were center cut."

Stevens allowed four runs on three hits and walked three without recording an out.

"Some of the kids just can't end innings," said Piniella.

Notes

The Reds took three of four games from the Cubs to win their fourth consecutive series. ... Lilly allowed four home runs, Stevens allowed two and Andrew Cashner allowed the other home run by Cincinnati. ... Byrd was the lone Cubs player to make the All-Star team. Phillips, Scott Rolen and Arthur Rhodes made it for Cincinnati, while Votto is one of five players in Internet voting for the final NL roster spot.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 3
RBI 5
Chicago

T. Colvin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips, 2B6121010 .308
Orlando Cabrera, SS5330002 .252
Joey Votto, 1B1000010 .312
    Paul Janish, 3B4343000 .280
Jonny Gomes, LF5112003 .287
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .214
Ramon Hernandez, C2012000 .287
   a- Corky Miller, PH-C3111011 .216
Jay Bruce, RF4110122 .277
Miguel Cairo, 3B-1B4100102 .278
Drew Stubbs, CF5335000 .240
Mike Leake, P3000100 .344
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Chris Heisey, LF1000000 .271
Totals4314161435  
a-grounded out for Hernandez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (20, Lilly)
3B - Ramon Hernandez (1, Lilly)
HR - Brandon Phillips (11, Lilly), Paul Janish (2, Lilly), Jonny Gomes (10, Lilly), Corky Miller (1, Stevens), Drew Stubbs 3 (11, Lilly, Stevens, Cashner)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (28), Paul Janish 3 (9), Jonny Gomes 2 (56), Ramon Hernandez 2 (23), Corky Miller (4), Drew Stubbs 5 (41)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (11), Paul Janish (6), Jonny Gomes 2 (23), Corky Miller (3), Drew Stubbs 3 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Miller
E - Jay Bruce (2, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake (W,6-1) 6833152 3.38
Nick Masset 1000000 5.35
Logan Ondrusek 1000020 5.06
Micah Owings 1000020 4.41
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 86-57, Nick Masset 8-5, Logan Ondrusek 18-12, Micah Owings 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 9-3, Nick Masset 2-1, Logan Ondrusek 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 26, Nick Masset 3, Logan Ondrusek 3, Micah Owings 3
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010000 .276
Starlin Castro, SS4010000 .272
Derrek Lee, 1B4000012 .227
Marlon Byrd, CF4110022 .309
Tyler Colvin, RF4223020 .278
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000020 .274
Mike Fontenot, 3B4020010 .297
Geovany Soto, C3010111 .266
Ted Lilly, P2000003 .000
    Jeff Stevens, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH1000000 .261
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
Totals3438319  
a-flied out for Howry in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Theriot (7, Leake), Starlin Castro (9, Leake)
HR - Tyler Colvin 2 (12, Leake, Leake)
RBI - Tyler Colvin 3 (32)
Team LOB - 5
Chicago Cubs
Ted Lilly (L,3-7) 6.21199034 3.76
Jeff Stevens0344302 5.71
Bob Howry 0.1000000 6.26
James Russell 1100020 4.24
Andrew Cashner 1111001 2.40
WP - Jeff Stevens (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 98-74, Jeff Stevens 30-13, Bob Howry 4-2, James Russell 15-10, Andrew Cashner 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-12, Andrew Cashner 2-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 31, Jeff Stevens 6, Bob Howry 1, James Russell 4, Andrew Cashner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41079
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Larry Vanover