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CHICAGO -- If this was Mike Leake's final start of the year, he'll have plenty of motivation when he reports to camp in February.

Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 13th inning and the Cincinnati Reds rebounded for a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night.

Leake was closing in on his first career shutout when Starlin Castro reached on a two-out single and pinch-hitter Bryan LaHair drove a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right for Chicago's third hit of the game and his first homer since Sept. 20, 2008, for the Seattle Mariners.

Leake bent over on the front of the mound as LaHair rounded the bases with the tying shot, but the Reds eventually recovered for their third win in nine games.

"We all had visions of his first complete-game shutout, and he was one out away from that. That's why it's such a deflator." Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was a great performance. You hate to see him lose it like that. His pitch count was so low, he had plenty left in the tank."

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Leake, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 draft, retired 14 consecutive batters before Darwin Barney reached on catcher's interference in the seventh. The 23-year-old right-hander then got Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena to fly out to end the inning.

Leake struck out six and walked none in a career-high nine innings. He needed only 65 pitches to get through seven innings and finished with 91 overall.

"It's the best I've thrown since college, really," he said. "We just went after guys and it's nice to go out there and only throw 91 pitches over nine innings. You can't really do much better than that."

Leake has thrown 159 2/3 innings this season after 138 1/3 last year as a rookie. Prior to Tuesday's outing, Baker said he wasn't sure if Leake would make another start this season and he was "getting close" to being shut down.

Leake said he obviously still wants to pitch but understands the circumstances.

"It will give me a little something to remember come spring training next year if I am done," he said. "Little bad taste in the mouth."

Dave Sappelt hit a leadoff double against John Grabow (3-1) in the 13th inning and Votto followed with his second run-scoring double of the game. Miguel Cairo added a two-out RBI single to make it 4-2.

Aroldis Chapman (4-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory and Francisco Cordero got three outs for his 321st career save, tying Jose Mesa for the most by pitcher from the Dominican Republic. It was his 31st save on the season.

"I have not had the chance to talk to [Mesa]. I'm sure I'll see him when I go down there," Cordero said. "I'm sure we're going to talk about it and I can tell you he's pretty happy with what I accomplished tonight. Another save to become the all-time saves leader in the Dominican Republic. I'm sure when I see him in the Dominican, he'll say something to me."

The Reds caught a break in the 12th when leadoff hitter Tony Campana hit a grounder to first and was called out on a close play. Replays indicated Campana beat Votto to the bag.

Campana argued with umpire Tim Welke at first before Cubs manager Mike Quade came out and had an animated argument, then headed back to the dugout.

"It was a big part of the game. I got a little riled up," Campana said. "Going down I think I have the best view at it. So I knew I beat it."

Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Reds finally got to Lopez in the sixth inning. Sappelt led off with a single and scored from first on Votto's double to right, ending a season-high 0-for-14 slide for the reigning NL MVP

Votto scored on Devin Mesoraco's double play ball to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

LaHair was one of the Cubs' September callups after a successful season in Triple-A Iowa. He was leading the minors with 38 home runs and was batting .331 with 109 RBI when he was promoted Friday. It was his fourth career homer in the majors.

Notes

The Cubs recalled LHP John Gaub, INF DJ LeMahieu and OF Lou Montanez from Triple-A Iowa. ... Cubs RHP Ryan Dempster will try to avoid losing his fourth straight start on Wednesday. ... Reds RHP Johnny Cueto is Wednesday's scheduled starter for the Reds. He leads the majors with a 2.29 ERA. ... Reds OF Drew Stubbs came in the game as a pinch runner in the ninth.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 6
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

B. LaHair
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B6010011 .299
Dave Sappelt, CF-LF5230100 .270
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Joey Votto, 1B6222023 .316
Jay Bruce, RF5020132 .263
Devin Mesoraco, C5010010 .200
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .500
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Heisey, PH-LF1000001 .242
Miguel Cairo, 3B5021103 .267
Todd Frazier, LF4000011 .225
    Drew Stubbs, PR-CF1000100 .251
Chris Valaika, SS3000101 .250
    Paul Janish, SS2010002 .208
Mike Leake, P3000021 .216
   b- Yonder Alonso, PH1000010 .382
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .143
    Ryan Hanigan, C1000001 .265
Totals484123511  
a-popped out for Chapman in the 13th
b-struck out for Leake in the 10th
Batting
2B - Dave Sappelt 2 (5, Lopez, Grabow), Joey Votto 2 (33, Lopez, Grabow)
RBI - Joey Votto 2 (90), Miguel Cairo (32)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo (12)
CS - Miguel Cairo (4, 2nd base by Marshall/Hill)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Votto, Valaika-B. Phillips-Votto, Cairo-Mesoraco-Votto
E - Devin Mesoraco (1, Interference)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 9322061 4.00
Bill Bray 0.1000010 2.70
Nick Masset0200100 3.98
Sam LeCure 0.2000000 3.65
Jose Arredondo 0.2100200 3.18
Aroldis Chapman (W,4-1) 1.1000010 3.71
Francisco Cordero (S,31) 1000020 2.34
IBB - Ramirez by Jose Arredondo
HBP - Soriano (by Mike Leake)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 90-64, Bill Bray 6-3, Nick Masset 8-3, Sam LeCure 3-2, Jose Arredondo 18-7, Aroldis Chapman 14-11, Francisco Cordero 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 10-9, Sam LeCure 1-0, Jose Arredondo 1-0, Aroldis Chapman 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 30, Bill Bray 1, Nick Masset 3, Sam LeCure 1, Jose Arredondo 4, Aroldis Chapman 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS6110001 .304
Darwin Barney, 2B2000010 .275
   a- Bryan LaHair, PH1112000 .444
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   b- Lou Montanez, PH-RF1010000 .255
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4000121 .305
Carlos Pena, 1B5000033 .225
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Alfonso Soriano, LF3020000 .247
    Tony Campana, PR-LF1000000 .269
Marlon Byrd, CF4000112 .284
Tyler Colvin, RF-1B5010010 .147
Geovany Soto, C2000000 .226
   c- Blake DeWitt, PH1000000 .260
    Jeff Baker, 2B2000011 .276
Rodrigo Lopez, P1000000 .083
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .000
   d- DJ LeMahieu, PH1000000 .237
    Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
   e- Reed Johnson, PH1000000 .329
    Koyie Hill, C1000110 .200
Totals41262310  
a-homered for Barney in the 9th
b-doubled for Marshall in the 11th
c-grounded out for Soto in the 9th
d-grounded out for Ortiz in the 6th
e-grounded out for Wood in the 9th
Batting
2B - Lou Montanez (4, Arredondo)
HR - Bryan LaHair (1, Leake)
RBI - Bryan LaHair 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Bryan LaHair 2 (3)
SB - Tony Campana (19, 2nd base off Masset/Mesoraco)
CS - Starlin Castro (6, 2nd base by Arredondo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Tyler Colvin 1
DP - Lopez-Castro-Pena, Castro-Barney-Pena
E - Aramis Ramirez (12, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rodrigo Lopez 5.2822220 4.82
Ramon Ortiz 0.1000010 5.40
Jeff Samardzija 2000020 3.26
Kerry Wood 1000000 3.35
Carlos Marmol 1000130 4.13
Sean Marshall 1000120 2.42
John Grabow (L,3-1) 2422110 4.78
IBB - Stubbs by John Grabow
WP - Ramon Ortiz (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 92-61, Ramon Ortiz 4-3, Jeff Samardzija 25-16, Kerry Wood 9-8, Carlos Marmol 19-11, Sean Marshall 17-9, John Grabow 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-7, Jeff Samardzija 2-2, Kerry Wood 2-2, John Grabow 2-3
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 24, Ramon Ortiz 1, Jeff Samardzija 6, Kerry Wood 4, Carlos Marmol 4, Sean Marshall 3, John Grabow 11
Game Information
Attendance - 35297
Game Time - 3:54
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Andy Fletcher