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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (66-46)200100000381
Chi. Cubs (44-66) «10000202x571

Cubs 5, Reds 3

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CHICAGO -- In a clubhouse starved for a veteran presence, Alfonso Soriano is embracing the task.

Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the slumping Cincinnati Reds on a rain-soaked Thursday night.

With an influx of youngsters filling up the Cubs' locker room, Soriano knows he is one of the few experienced players his new teammates can turn to.

"I have to play hard just because those kids see me, and I'm the veteran on the team. So I have to show the kids how to play the game," Soriano said.

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With the score tied at 3, Reds reliever Sean Marshall (4-4) walked Anthony Rizzo. Just as the skies cleared up, Soriano cracked a two-run shot to center field off Logan Ondrusek.

Shawn Camp (3-5) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Carlos Marmol worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart homered for Cincinnati after the start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 20 minutes. The NL Central leaders lost their fifth straight but remained 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh.

It was Soriano's 20th home run. He joined Albert Pujols and David Ortiz as the only active players with 20 or more homers in 11 straight seasons.

"I'm very happy with myself," Soriano said. "I never saw myself as a home run hitter, but 11 years in a row, 20 in a row, I have to be very proud of myself."

Soriano also joined Hall of Famer Andre Dawson as the only players in Cubs history to reach 20 homers in their first six seasons with the club.

"Those kind of guys, they hit. They've always hit," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That's what they were born to do."

Starlin Castro tied it in the sixth with a two-run double off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake. Castro was mired in a 1-for-24 slump before hitting a liner off the center-field wall.

Cubs right-hander Chris Volstad is winless in 22 starts since July 17, 2011. The 25-year-old pitcher allowed three runs and six hits over six innings, including two solo homers.

It took 35 pitches for Volstad to work his way out of a two-run first inning.

Cozart greeted Volstad with his fourth leadoff home run, capping an eight-pitch at-bat. It was his 13th of the season.

Frazier took Volstad deep in the fourth for his 14th homer of the year.

Volstad let at least one runner aboard in each inning he pitched, but managed to escape with a quality start.

"We scored early and kind of cruised for a while and when you do that any team is going to make a run," Cozart said. "They got a couple of big hits by Castro and Soriano, and we didn't."

Leake was charged with three runs in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

"The one pitch to Castro kind of beat me," Leake said.

The right-hander cruised through five innings before Castro came through with runners on first and third. Leake had given up nine runs in his last two starts, a span of just 7 2/3 innings.

"Nothing mentally changed," Leake said. "I just wasn't attacking them."

Rizzo got the Cubs on the board in the first with an RBI single to score David DeJesus.

Rizzo reached base four times, including a double to lead off the fourth, but the 23-year-old slugger was too aggressive on the basepaths and was thrown out at third trying to advance on Soriano's groundout.

Former first-round draft pick Brett Jackson went 0 for 3 in his home debut for Chicago.

Notes

Cubs C Steve Clevenger was ejected in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes. ... Chicago RHP Matt Garza, out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right elbow, wants to pitch again this season. "I'm hoping to, that's why I'm working my tail off to get back," he said. ... The Reds activated C Devin Mesoraco (concussion) from the 7-day disabled list and optioned C Dioner Navarro to Triple-A Louisville. ... Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98 ERA) pitches Friday for Cincinnati against Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38) in the second game of the four-game set.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS4111101 .247
Drew Stubbs, CF4100111 .233
Brandon Phillips, 2B4030000 .295
Ryan Ludwick, LF3011101 .260
Jay Bruce, RF4000034 .243
Todd Frazier, 3B-1B4121011 .266
Miguel Cairo, 1B4000000 .154
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C3000002 .217
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1010000 .385
Mike Leake, P3000002 .256
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Valdez, 3B1000001 .216
Totals3538335  
a-singled for Mesoraco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (20, Volstad), Todd Frazier (17, Volstad)
HR - Zack Cozart (13, Volstad), Todd Frazier (14, Volstad)
RBI - Zack Cozart (25), Ryan Ludwick (58), Todd Frazier (43)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cozart-Cairo-Frazier
E - Zack Cozart (11, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 6633250 4.51
Jose Arredondo 0.1000010 2.58
Sean Marshall (L,4-4) 1011120 2.49
Logan Ondrusek 0.2111011 3.19
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 97-63, Jose Arredondo 11-8, Sean Marshall 25-15, Logan Ondrusek 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 6-6, Sean Marshall 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 25, Jose Arredondo 1, Sean Marshall 4, Logan Ondrusek 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF4110000 .261
Darwin Barney, 2B4110011 .265
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2221200 .301
Alfonso Soriano, LF4112023 .268
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Starlin Castro, SS4012001 .273
Luis Valbuena, 3B3010110 .207
Brett Jackson, CF3000013 .143
Steve Clevenger, C2000021 .232
   a- Welington Castillo, PH-C1000010 .255
Chris Volstad, P2000001 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   b- Bryan LaHair, PH1000010 .262
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Joe Mather, LF0000000 .212
Totals3057539  
a-announced for Clevenger in the 5th
b-struck out for Corpas in the 7th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (19, Leake), Anthony Rizzo (5, Leake), Starlin Castro (14, Leake)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (20, Ondrusek)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (24), Alfonso Soriano 2 (66), Starlin Castro 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (18)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Barney-Castro-Rizzo
E - Starlin Castro (17, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad 6633242 6.94
Manny Corpas 1100000 3.62
Shawn Camp (W,3-5) 1000010 3.54
Carlos Marmol (S,14) 1100100 4.58
WP - Chris Volstad (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 99-62, Manny Corpas 12-8, Shawn Camp 13-9, Carlos Marmol 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 10-5, Manny Corpas 3-0, Shawn Camp 1-1, Carlos Marmol 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 27, Manny Corpas 4, Shawn Camp 3, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33397
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ron Kulpa