Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (67-46) «02300301110150
Chi. Cubs (44-67)1020012208135

Reds 10, Cubs 8

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CHICAGO -- Aroldis Chapman is making pitching look easy.

Chapman came out of the bullpen to stop an eighth-inning rally attempt, rookie Todd Frazier doubled twice and drove in four runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 10-8 Friday to end their season-high losing streak at five games.

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Chapman entered with two outs and a man on third in the eighth after the Cubs had closed to 9-8, and he struck out Anthony Rizzo to preserve a one-run lead.

He breezed through the heart of the Cubs batting order in the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances and 18th in a row. Chapman has a 0.18 ERA against NL clubs this season and hasn't allowed a run to a league rival since June 7 against Pittsburgh.

"He's been a team lifesaver for us," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The one thing guys out there are learning is you're in first place, everybody plays their hardest and their best against you."

"You can't overlook anybody because they're gunning for you."

Chapman hadn't pitched more than an inning since May 27, but was as dominant as he has been all season.

"Whenever he comes in we're in a relaxed state," Frazier said. "You know he's going to throw that fire. ... It's nice to see him come in and work his magic."

Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer into a 24 mph wind in the third against Justin Germano (1-2) as the NL Central leaders built a 5-1 lead. Ludwick also doubled, walked and matched his career best with four runs.

Homer Bailey (10-7) won for the first time in four starts since July 20, allowing four runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He set his career high for wins, topping last year's nine.

"I'm glad we won the victory for him, because he's won some tough ones this year, just like that," Baker said.

Chicago lost for the ninth time in 10 games and made five errors -- by five players -- that led to two unearned runs. It was the Cubs' sloppiest game in the field since they made six errors in a 9-8 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 12, 2006, according to STATS LLC.

Germano gave up six runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. Catcher Welington Castillo, shortstop Starlin Castro, center fielder Brett Jackson, first baseman Rizzo and third baseman Josh Vitters made errors. All three Cubs rookies in the starting lineup had errors.

"Not the prettiest game we've played all year, that's for sure," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "I don't attribute it to anything. We've played pretty good defense all season long. Sometimes those things happen."

Alfonso Soriano, who drove in three runs, put the Cubs ahead with an RBI grounder in the first. Frazier, second among big league rookies with 15 homers and 47 RBI, tied it with an RBI double in the second and scored on Bailey's single to put the Reds ahead for good.

Ludwick's homer made it 4-1 in the third and gave him 24 RBI since 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto got hurt his left knee on July 15. The Reds, who stopped a four-game road skid, tacked on another run on three errors, the last a routine roller that went under the glove of Castro.

"Not a good day for the defense today," Castro said. "The offense was very good today, but you can't win the game like that, with good offense and no defense."

Drew Stubbs reached on an infield single with two outs in the sixth and stole second, with Castillo's throw skipping into center field. The ball also eluded Jackson as Stubbs came around to score.

Castro was thrown out at third base in the sixth after losing track of Vitters' single to right. Castro was booed when he batted in the seventh, then hit a two-run double.

Castillo had a pair of RBI hits -- the latter a double in the seventh that came two pitches after his popup into the middle of the infield was blown into the first-base stands.

The crazy conditions reminded Baker of some of his days managing the Cubs, as well as the Giants at Candlestick Park.

"Ball was doing the Salsa, Merengue, La Cucaracha out there ... everything," Baker said. "That was a rough day out there."

Notes

  • Baker sat slumping outfielder Jay Bruce, who is hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Baker said Bruce's slump is "like being in quicksand." Xavier Paul started for Bruce.
  • Reds 3B Scott Rolen was held out of the lineup for a third straight game due to a sore back.
  • Soriano has driven in 15 runs in his last 16 games at Wrigley Field.
 
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Cincinnati's Todd Frazier hits a two-run single against the Cubs during the sixth inning in Chicago. (AP)
Cincinnati's Todd Frazier hits a two-run single against the Cubs during the sixth inning in Chicago. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

W. Castillo
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

T. Frazier
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS6011012 .246
Drew Stubbs, CF6110012 .231
Brandon Phillips, 2B6220000 .295
Ryan Ludwick, LF5432102 .266
Xavier Paul, RF4110203 .367
Todd Frazier, 1B4134111 .273
Wilson Valdez, 3B5010005 .216
Devin Mesoraco, C4010104 .218
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Homer Bailey, P3011002 .143
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Leake, PH1000011 .250
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Hanigan, C1110000 .274
Totals451015854  
a-struck out for Arredondo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Zack Cozart (24, Corpas), Brandon Phillips (21, Cabrera), Ryan Ludwick (21, Camp), Todd Frazier (18, Germano)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (20, Germano)
RBI - Zack Cozart (26), Ryan Ludwick 2 (60), Todd Frazier 4 (47), Homer Bailey (5)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Frazier 2 (17), Homer Bailey (3)
SB - Drew Stubbs (27, off Cabrera/Castillo), Brandon Phillips (9, 3rd base off Cabrera/Castillo), Xavier Paul (3, 2nd base off Germano/Castillo)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Paul 1
DP - Frazier-Cozart
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (W,10-7) 5.2944250 4.08
Jose Arredondo 0.1000000 2.56
Sean Marshall 0.1122100 2.89
Sam LeCure (H,5) 0.2100000 3.02
Jonathan Broxton (H,3) 0.2222100 2.95
Aroldis Chapman (S,26) 1.1000030 1.31
WP - Homer Bailey (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 104-66, Jose Arredondo 6-3, Sean Marshall 14-7, Sam LeCure 8-5, Jonathan Broxton 21-11, Aroldis Chapman 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 7-3, Sean Marshall 1-0, Sam LeCure 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 26, Jose Arredondo 1, Sean Marshall 3, Sam LeCure 3, Jonathan Broxton 5, Aroldis Chapman 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF4221101 .264
Darwin Barney, 2B5230001 .270
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4110112 .299
Alfonso Soriano, LF5013022 .268
Starlin Castro, SS4022112 .275
Josh Vitters, 3B5110014 .133
Brett Jackson, CF3100123 .118
Welington Castillo, C4122000 .271
Justin Germano, P2010010 .167
    Alberto Cabrera, P0000000 .000
   a- Bryan LaHair, PH1000001 .261
    Jeffrey Beliveau, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   b- Luis Valbuena, PH1000001 .206
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Totals38813848  
a-flied out for Cabrera in the 6th
b-fouled out for Camp in the 8th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (20, Broxton), Alfonso Soriano (25, Bailey), Starlin Castro (15, LeCure), Welington Castillo 2 (4, Bailey, Broxton)
RBI - David DeJesus (28), Alfonso Soriano 3 (69), Starlin Castro 2 (56), Welington Castillo 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Starlin Castro 2 (20), Welington Castillo (5)
SB - Alfonso Soriano (5, 3rd base off Bailey/Mesoraco), Starlin Castro (18, 2nd base off Bailey/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Welington Castillo (2)
E - Welington Castillo (2, Throwing), Starlin Castro (17, Misplayed grounder), Brett Jackson (1, ), Anthony Rizzo (2, Misplayed grounder), Josh Vitters (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Germano (L,1-2) 5.2764221 3.28
Alberto Cabrera 0.1222200 12.00
Jeffrey Beliveau 1100020 2.16
Shawn Camp 1211100 3.79
Manny Corpas 1311000 3.81
IBB - Mesoraco by Justin Germano
WP - Justin Germano (2), Shawn Camp (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 91-58, Alberto Cabrera 21-7, Jeffrey Beliveau 16-11, Shawn Camp 28-16, Manny Corpas 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 11-7, Alberto Cabrera 1-0, Jeffrey Beliveau 1-0, Shawn Camp 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 29, Alberto Cabrera 5, Jeffrey Beliveau 4, Shawn Camp 6, Manny Corpas 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36891
Game Time - 3:56
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Jeff Nelson