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Reds 7, Cubs 2

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CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto missed the beginning of the season with an injury. Now he's hurt again.

The major league ERA leader left the Cincinnati Reds' 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs after 3 2/3 innings Wednesday night because of a strained muscle in the upper right side of his back.

"I wanted to stay in but it was sore and painful," Cueto said. "I hope I don't have to miss an outing after I'm examined tomorrow."

Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer in the second inning to back Cueto, who lowered his ERA to 2.31. Cueto was visited by a trainer and pitching coach Bryan Price with one out in the fourth inning. After getting Alfonso Soriano to pop out, trainer Steve Bauman and Dusty Baker went to the mound.

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"I felt it pop on the pitch to Soriano," Cueto said.

Baker then removed Cueto.

""He said he felt OK, but then threw a 94 mph pitch to Soriano, but I saw him grimace," the manager said. "He didn't want to come out, but we want to do what's best for him in the long run."

Cueto, who allowed three hits, didn't make his first start of the season until May 8 because of irritation in his right upper arm.

He is six innings short of qualifying for the ERA title and is just ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, who began the night at 2.36. Baker said the injury was a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.

"If it was in the joint I would be something different," Baker said. "Hopefully he can get two more starts."

Inheriting a 5-0 lead, Sam LeCure (1-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win. He allowed a pair of sixth-inning runs when Carlos Pena hit an RBI double and scored on Alfonso Soriano's groundout.

Casey Coleman (2-8) gave up six runs, six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Since winning at Florida on May 19, he is 0-5 with a 7.98 ERA in eight big league starts and two relief appearances, a span that included three trips to the minor leagues.

"I didn't have command," Coleman said. "I felt like I didn't know how to pitch. I had a base open with (Juan) Francisco up. I've faced him in the minor leagues and he hit me pretty good. I've got to be able to pitch around him there."

Francisco hit a two-run single for a 5-0 lead in the third. The third baseman also turned in a defensive gem, throwing out Marlon Byrd out from foul territory in the ninth inning.

"You practice that every day," Francisco said. "I watch Scott Rolen who has seven or eight Gold Gloves."

Hernandez's 12th homer of the season but first since Aug. 5 put Cincinnati ahead. Chris Heisey added a solo homer in the eighth off Ramon Ortiz, his 16th.

Notes

Cubs SS Starlin Castro, who had his career-high 13-game hitting streak stopped on Tuesday, went 2-for-3 to extend to 27 his streak of consecutive games in which he's reached base at least once. ... RHP Randy Wells, scheduled to start for Chicago in Thursday's series finale, has won a career-high five straight decisions. He is 5-0 with a 3.02 ERA over his last eight starts. ... RHP Homer Bailey, Cincinnati's scheduled starter, has an 8-7 record, but the Reds are 9-10 in his starts.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

R. Hernandez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Cincinnati

J. Francisco
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS3120101 .309
Reed Johnson, RF3000012 .320
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4120002 .305
Carlos Pena, 1B4011011 .233
Alfonso Soriano, LF4001010 .243
Marlon Byrd, CF4010001 .284
Darwin Barney, 2B4000021 .278
Geovany Soto, C3000020 .221
Casey Coleman, P1000000 .136
    John Gaub, P0000000 .000
   a- Lou Montanez, PH1000000 .245
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Tyler Colvin, PH1010000 .157
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .000
Totals3227217  
a-lined out for Gaub in the 5th
b-singled for Grabow in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Pena (24, LeCure)
RBI - Carlos Pena (77), Alfonso Soriano (79)
CS - Marlon Byrd (2, 2nd base by Cueto/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Barney-Pena
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Casey Coleman (L,2-8) 3.2666341 7.06
John Gaub 0.1000010 10.80
John Grabow 2100010 4.84
Kerry Wood 1000020 3.51
Ramon Ortiz 1111001 5.52
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Coleman 80-47, John Gaub 5-4, John Grabow 22-16, Kerry Wood 14-8, Ramon Ortiz 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Coleman 4-3, John Grabow 2-2, Ramon Ortiz 3-0
Batters Faced - Casey Coleman 20, John Gaub 1, John Grabow 6, Kerry Wood 3, Ramon Ortiz 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000031 .295
Edgar Renteria, SS4021010 .259
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .206
Joey Votto, 1B3100122 .318
Jay Bruce, RF3100101 .261
Chris Heisey, LF4121000 .254
Juan Francisco, 3B4122001 .254
Drew Stubbs, CF3100111 .246
Ramon Hernandez, C3223000 .283
Johnny Cueto, P1000000 .064
    Sam LeCure, P1000011 .125
   a- Dave Sappelt, PH1000000 .247
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .500
Totals3178738  
a-grounded out for LeCure in the 6th
Batting
2B - Juan Francisco (3, Coleman), Ramon Hernandez (13, Coleman)
HR - Chris Heisey (16, Ortiz), Ramon Hernandez (12, Coleman)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (35), Chris Heisey (44), Juan Francisco 2 (14), Ramon Hernandez 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria (6), Juan Francisco 2 (8)
SB - Joey Votto (8, 2nd base off Coleman/Soto), Juan Francisco (1, 2nd base off Coleman/Soto)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Francisco-B. Phillips-Votto, Hernandez-B. Phillips-Votto-Renteria
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto 3.2300120 2.31
Sam LeCure (W,1-1) 2.1322010 3.98
Logan Ondrusek 1100020 3.10
Nick Masset 1000010 3.86
Jose Arredondo 1000010 3.04
HBP - Johnson (by Johnny Cueto)
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 46-30, Sam LeCure 29-19, Logan Ondrusek 20-11, Nick Masset 8-6, Jose Arredondo 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 2-5, Sam LeCure 2-4, Jose Arredondo 2-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 14, Sam LeCure 10, Logan Ondrusek 4, Nick Masset 3, Jose Arredondo 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18304
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter