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CINCINNATI -- Kerry Wood thought he had a good grip on the wet ball as he started his throw toward third base, trying for an eighth-inning forceout.
Instead, the ball -- and the game -- slipped right off his hand.
The reliever's throwing error let two runs score, and Chris Heisey followed with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly that sent the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 win over the sloppy Chicago Cubs on a wet, miserable Tuesday night.
A steady rain and 50-degree temperature made everything messy, especially when the Cubs were handling the ball. They committed four errors, making all seven of Cincinnati's runs unearned.
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"That was unbelievable," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Just goes to show that if you stick around here, you'll see a lot of things -- a lot of knockdown, drag-out games. It's a challenge."
The final error decided it.
With runners on first and second, Ryan Hanigan bunted back to Wood (1-3), who thought he had a chance for a third-to-first double play. Instead, he threw wide of third, letting two runs score while Hanigan made it all the way to third base.
"The ball's going to be wet, so you just make sure you make a good throw and I threw it to the wall," Wood said. "I had a [good] grip. When I went to go throw it, it slips out."
Heisey then put the Reds ahead, and Joey Votto added an RBI double that sent the Reds to their 11th win in 13 games, sweeping the two-game series.
Bill Bray (1-0) got the win by retiring the one batter he faced in the eighth. Nick Masset pitched the ninth for his first save in four tries, filling in because closer Francisco Cordero had pitched the last four days.
The Reds did a better job handling the conditions, committing only one error.
"When it's raining like that, it's important to make the routine plays," second baseman Brandon Phillips said. "That's what we did."
While the Reds (25-17) reached a season-high at eight games over .500, the Cubs fell to a new low at 17-23, collapsing for the second straight game. Manager Mike Quade called a closed-door meeting after Chicago blew a four-run lead and lost 7-4 Monday night.
A day later, the Cubs again fell apart in tough conditions.
"I guess Knute Rockne I'm not," Quade said.
Carlos Pena put the Cubs up with a three-run homer in the first inning off Edinson Volquez, who can't seem to get through the opening inning without problems. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his nine opening innings. Volquez has allowed 17 earned runs in the first inning, 13 in all other innings combined.
It was Pena's fifth homer and his second in two games.
Just like Monday night, the Cubs gave it away. Starter Matt Garza intentionally walked Ramon Hernandez to load the bases with two outs in the fourth, bringing up Volquez, who doesn't have a hit this season. Volquez hit a grounder that deflected off Pena's glove at first for an error. Garza got the ball and compounded the problem by throwing wildly to home, letting in two more runs.
"I didn't see what happened," Volquez said. "Dusty told me to swing at the first pitch. That's what I did. I didn't see what happened after that."
The Cubs regained the lead when Jose Arredondo forced home a run with a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Outfielder Tony Campana, called up before the game, doubled home a run in the eighth in his first big league at-bat for a 7-5 lead.
Wood then threw it away.
Chicago's Marlon Byrd matched his career high by striking out four times, ending a 16-game hitting streak that was the best of his career.
|Chris Heisey sends a ball to the outfield deep enough to bring in Ryan Hannigan for the game-winning run. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.323|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.343|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||0||1||0||0||2||1||.327|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||2||1||0||0||0||2||.286|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||0||1||.231|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||4||4||.309|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.259|
|Tony Campana, PR-LF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.125|
|Matt Garza, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.050|
|a- Reed Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.385|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.265|
|Kerry Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Garza in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Marshall in the 8th|
|2B - Starlin Castro (9, Volquez), Tony Campana (1, Smith)|
|HR - Carlos Pena (5, Volquez)|
|RBI - Darwin Barney (19), Carlos Pena 3 (17), Tony Campana (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Pena 3 (3)|
|SB - Darwin Barney (3, 2nd base off Volquez/Hernandez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Welington Castillo (1, (Didn't tag batter after blocking strike three in dirt)), Matt Garza (2, Throwing(Reached and two runs on EG3, extra bases on ET1)), Carlos Pena (2, Misplayed grounder(Reached and two runs on EG3, extra bases on ET1)), Kerry Wood (1, Throwing)|
|Sean Marshall (H,8)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||1.59|
|Kerry Wood (BS,3; L,1-3)||1||4||4||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|IBB - Hernandez by Matt Garza|
|WP - Matt Garza (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 105-63, Sean Marshall 12-6, Kerry Wood 23-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 8-8, Kerry Wood 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 28, Sean Marshall 4, Kerry Wood 8|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.279|
|Paul Janish, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.248|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||1||1||1||1||1||.342|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||3||1||2||0||2||0||1||.329|
|Jay Bruce, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.243|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.288|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.353|
|Travis Wood, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.063|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Edinson Volquez, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jordan Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bill Bray, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.259|
|a-struck out for Volquez in the 6th|
|b-hit a sacrifice fly for Bray in the 8th|
|2B - Joey Votto (12, Wood), Scott Rolen (9, Wood)|
|SF - Chris Heisey (2)|
|RBI - Joey Votto (24), Chris Heisey (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joey Votto (6)|
|SB - Drew Stubbs (14, 2nd base off Garza/Castillo)|
|CS - Fred Lewis (1, 2nd base by Garza/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Rolen-Votto|
|E - Paul Janish (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Bill Bray (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.26|
|Nick Masset (S,1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.38|
|HBP - Ramirez (by Edinson Volquez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 97-64, Jose Arredondo 25-12, Jordan Smith 19-16, Bill Bray 2-1, Nick Masset 7-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 6-4, Jordan Smith 2-0, Bill Bray 1-0, Nick Masset 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 24, Jose Arredondo 5, Jordan Smith 6, Bill Bray 1, Nick Masset 4|
|Attendance - 18861|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|