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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (62-48) «020000100370
Chi. Cubs (47-62)000000000050

Reds 3, Cubs 0

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Bronson Arroyo can't remember the last time the Cincinnati Reds had so much team depth.

This much is certain: they haven't been at a point like this in 11 years.

Arroyo threw five-hit ball over seven innings in another dominant effort against the Cubs, and Cincinnati beat Chicago 3-0 Friday to move 14 games over .500 for the first time since 1999.

Reds at Cubs

The Reds got a two-run homer from Ryan Hanigan off Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) in the second, an RBI single from Brandon Phillips in the seventh and came away with their seventh win in nine games after Francisco Cordero survived a shaky ninth.

"We're much better than we've been in the last four years," said Arroyo, in his fifth season with Cincinnati. "We have depth at every position that we've never had before."

After nine straight losing years, the Reds are 14 games over .500 for the first time since they went 96-67 in 1999. And the last time the NL Central leaders led their division this late was the final week of that season.

The Cubs fell out of contention long ago and once again couldn't get anything going against Arroyo (12-6) after pounding Milwaukee 15-3 on Wednesday.

The right-hander held them scoreless for the second time this season, striking out seven and walking one. He is 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his past six starts against them, including a win last month in which he went six innings.

Arthur Rhodes retired the side in the eighth.

Cordero came on in the ninth and walked Aramis Ramirez and Kosuke Fukudome before barehanding Blake DeWitt's high chopper and firing to first to end the game.

That gave Cordero 30 saves in 36 chances -- the fourth straight year and sixth time overall he's finished with 30 or more.

"To win these close games -- have guys go deep in the game, have the bullpen come in for just two innings like that -- that's big," Hanigan said.

Gorzelanny settled down after a wild start and held the Reds to three runs and four hits over seven innings. He hit a batter and walked four -- all in the first three innings. But he also retired 12 straight before a one-out single in the seventh by Paul Janish, who scored from second on a base hit by Phillips that made it 3-0.

Hanigan supplied the big hit in the second after Jay Bruce's leadoff walk, lining an 0-1 pitch to the seats in left-center for his third homer.

Arroyo did not allow a hit until Ramirez singled to deep short with two outs in the fourth on a ball that bounced passed a sprawled out third baseman Scott Rolen.

Ramirez, who was slow to get out of the box, moved to second on a single by Marlon Byrd before Fukudome grounded into a force to end the threat.

The Cubs had runners on second and third with none out in the fifth after back-to-back singles by DeWitt and Geovany Soto and a wild pitch. But Arroyo got out of it by striking out Gorzelanny, retiring Tyler Colvin on a bloop to short and getting Starlin Castro swinging at a 3-2 curve.

"We haven't given up, we're not going to give up," Byrd said.

The Cubs are 15 games under .500 and are in for a busy offseason, with manager Lou Piniella retiring. Even so, general manager Jim Hendry again insisted they're not far from contending in the future with promising young players such as Castro and Colvin.

"It's not some kind of a major rebuilding job," Hendry said. "When you start seeing the improvement in the young people we have and the type of young arms we have - you make three or four solid moves in the offseason and your young guys keep developing, you're right back into a contending team."

Notes

  • Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva is scheduled to have his heart examined on Monday and might have a procedure to correct a problem with his heartbeat. The Cubs say the examination will determine if he needs a cardiac ablation to correct the issue. According to the Mayo Clinic, that procedure usually involves running a catheter from the groin to the heart. It can also be done through open-heart surgery.
  • Reds manager Dusty Baker said Russ Springer's strained left hip is still sore and isn't sure if the reliever will wind up on the DL. Springer left after facing three batters against Pittsburgh on Wednesday in his second appearance after being called up from Triple-A. He signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on July 17.
 
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Ryan Hanigan hits a two-run homer in the second to get the Reds on the scoreboard.  (AP)
Ryan Hanigan hits a two-run homer in the second to get the Reds on the scoreboard. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Hanigan
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011002 .290
Chris Heisey, CF4000012 .294
Joey Votto, 1B2000210 .322
Scott Rolen, 3B4020010 .302
Jonny Gomes, LF4000035 .270
Jay Bruce, RF3110102 .255
Ryan Hanigan, C4112012 .298
Paul Janish, SS4110000 .297
Bronson Arroyo, P1000100 .167
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1010000 .385
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals3237347  
a-doubled for Rhodes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Francisco (2, Berg)
HR - Ryan Hanigan (3, Gorzelanny)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (4)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (43), Ryan Hanigan 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (18)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hanigan-Janish
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,12-6) 7500170 3.83
Arthur Rhodes (H,21) 1000000 1.42
Francisco Cordero (S,30) 1000220 3.78
WP - Bronson Arroyo (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 105-68, Arthur Rhodes 17-10, Francisco Cordero 28-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 6-7, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tyler Colvin, LF4000013 .254
Starlin Castro, SS4000012 .313
Derrek Lee, 1B4000020 .249
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3010100 .224
Marlon Byrd, CF4010021 .315
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3010112 .251
Blake DeWitt, 2B4010012 .275
Geovany Soto, C2010100 .288
Tom Gorzelanny, P1000012 .148
    Andrew Cashner, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .238
    Justin Berg, P0000000 .000
Totals3005039  
a-flied out for Cashner in the 8th
Batting
SH - Tom Gorzelanny (5)
CS - Kosuke Fukudome (5, 2nd base by Arroyo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Castro-DeWitt-Lee
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Gorzelanny (L,6-6) 7433451 3.51
Andrew Cashner 1200020 5.64
Justin Berg 1100000 4.73
HBP - Heisey (by Tom Gorzelanny)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Gorzelanny 117-76, Andrew Cashner 21-15, Justin Berg 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Gorzelanny 7-8, Justin Berg 2-1
Batters Faced - Tom Gorzelanny 29, Andrew Cashner 5, Justin Berg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40696
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim McClelland