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Reds drop Cubs in 11th inning

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CHICAGO -- On the brink of clinching a playoff spot, Brandon Phillips was missing his manager on Wednesday night.

Drew Stubbs hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th inning and Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 without Dusty Baker, who was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Baker left the team before the game to undergo chest X-rays that were intended to rule out pneumonia. Bench coach Chris Speier brought the lineup card to home plate and there was no sign of the 63-year-old Baker during the game.

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"I guess the good thing is it's not pneumonia, but the bad thing he has an irregular heartbeat, so basically they will over keep him over at the hospital and run some more tests in the morning before he is set free," Reds head trainer Paul Lessard said.

Baker will not be with the team on Thursday and his return is uncertain.

Phillips' lazy popup with two out in the 11th on a windy night at Wrigley Field was misplayed by Cubs right fielder David DeJesus, allowing him to reach second. Stubbs then smoked a run-scoring single to left against Alberto Cabrera (0-1).

"I had to worry about my daddy," Phillips said. "I can't have daddy pass out on us. We can't let that happen. I am glad he is all right. He is going to be in my prayers when I get back to the hotel. Before I go to sleep make sure I say some prayers for him and family also. Hopefully I miss him because I miss him, I miss him and the toothpicks and the wristbands, I miss it all."

Speier said he talked to Baker.

"He sounded good and they are just doing their due diligence, just running some tests," Speier said. "He will be back shortly."

Logan Ondrusek (5-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th to earn the win. Jonathan Broxton earned his fourth save in six chances since joining Cincinnati in July.

Joey Votto reached four times and drove in three runs for the Reds (90-59), who have won three straight to become the second team in the majors to reach 90 wins. Cincinnati also moved a season-high 31 games over .500.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th homer for Chicago, which trailed 5-1 after five innings.

Cincinnati lowered its magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one with the Los Angeles Dodgers splitting a doubleheader at Washington. The Reds' magic number for a second NL Central title in three years is three.

"I am looking forward to it," Phillips said. "The only time I drink was 2010 [the last time the Reds won the NL Central], that was the first time I tasted alcohol, I'm kind of looking forward to that feeling again."

The Reds used five straight singles to score three times in the third. Votto drove in a pair with a bases-loaded single to left and Ryan Ludwick singled in Stubbs to make it 4-0.

Votto also doubled in a run in the first.

Reds starter Mike Leake retired his first 11 batters before Anthony Rizzo's two-out single in the fourth. After a walk to Soriano, Starlin Castro singled in Rizzo.

Castro finished with four singles and leads all major league shortstops with 76 RBI.

Soriano hit a long two-run drive onto Waveland in the sixth inning, giving him six career 30-homer seasons, including two with the Cubs. He now has 103 RBI, one short of matching his career high.

"He did it in style," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That ball went walking out of there. I think that was going out regardless of wind."

Castro followed with a two-out single and scored on Luis Valbuena's double down the left-field line, trimming the Reds' lead to 5-4. Leake then caught a lackadaisical Valbuena wandering off of second base to end the inning.

The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and six hits over six innings.

The pesky Cubs rallied with two outs in the eighth against J.J. Hoover, who walked three batters -- including one that forced in the tying run.

Cubs starter Chris Rusin was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in five innings. The 25-year-old had given up just three runs and nine hits over his last two starts - both of which also lasted five innings.

Notes

  • Ludwick was taken out for precautionary reasons in the fifth inning due to left groin tightness.
  • Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman said his fatigued left shoulder "feels good" after throwing a bullpen session. Chapman said through an interpreter that he likely needs two or three more bullpens to work on his command.
  • The Cubs agreed to a new player development contract with nearby Class-A Kane County. The contract runs through 2014.
  • Chicago sends Jason Berken (0-1, 7.20 ERA) to the hill in the series finale Thursday against Johnny Cueto (17-9, 2.92).
  • Soriano didn't hit his first home run of the year until May 15. It's his first season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI since 2005.
 
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Drew Stubbs comes through in the 11th inning with a tiebreaking single to sink the Cubs. (AP)
Drew Stubbs comes through in the 11th inning with a tiebreaking single to sink the Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Castro
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B5210002 .287
Drew Stubbs, CF5331121 .218
Joey Votto, 1B4023211 .340
Ryan Ludwick, LF2011101 .276
    Chris Heisey, LF2000001 .280
Jay Bruce, RF6010006 .257
Scott Rolen, 3B4021103 .242
Dioner Navarro, C5000004 .286
Wilson Valdez, SS5010010 .199
Mike Leake, P3110011 .288
    Jose Arredondo, P0000000 .000
   a- Henry Rodriguez, PH1010000 .333
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   b- Xavier Paul, PH1000000 .313
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals43613655  
a-singled for Arredondo in the 8th
b-lined out for Ondrusek in the 11th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (40, Rusin), Wilson Valdez (4, Rusin)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (40), Joey Votto 3 (52), Ryan Ludwick (80), Scott Rolen (37)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (19), Scott Rolen (13)
SB - Drew Stubbs (30, 2nd base off Rusin/Castillo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Valdez-Votto
E - Drew Stubbs (5, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 6644211 4.73
Jose Arredondo (H,12) 1000110 2.83
J.J. Hoover (BS,1) 0.2111310 2.28
Sam LeCure 1.1000030 2.82
Logan Ondrusek (W,5-2) 1200120 3.18
Jonathan Broxton (S,27) 1000010 2.35
WP - Sam LeCure (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 86-52, Jose Arredondo 18-11, J.J. Hoover 26-12, Sam LeCure 18-14, Logan Ondrusek 27-15, Jonathan Broxton 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 12-3, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 24, Jose Arredondo 4, J.J. Hoover 6, Sam LeCure 5, Logan Ondrusek 6, Jonathan Broxton 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, RF6000011 .259
Darwin Barney, 2B5100111 .265
Anthony Rizzo, 1B6220012 .294
Alfonso Soriano, LF4112121 .261
Starlin Castro, SS5141000 .283
Luis Valbuena, 3B4021102 .219
Welington Castillo, C3001212 .267
Brett Jackson, CF3000224 .170
Chris Rusin, P1000010 .250
   a- Bryan LaHair, PH1000001 .259
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
   b- Dave Sappelt, PH1000001 .281
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   c- Joe Mather, PH1000000 .209
    Jaye Chapman, P0000000 .000
   d- Steve Clevenger, PH1000003 .207
    Alberto Cabrera, P0000000 .000
Totals4159579  
a-grounded into a double play for Rusin in the 5th
b-flied out for Russell in the 7th
c-popped out for Marmol in the 9th
d-grounded out for Chapman in the 10th
Batting
2B - Luis Valbuena (19, Leake)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (30, Leake)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (103), Starlin Castro (76), Luis Valbuena (28), Welington Castillo (18)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (40), Starlin Castro (34), Luis Valbuena (7), Welington Castillo (13)
PK - Luis Valbuena (1, Leake)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Soriano-Barney, Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo, Castro-Barney-Rizzo, Rizzo
E - David DeJesus (2, Dropped fly)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Rusin 51055220 6.00
Michael Bowden 1.2000110 3.58
James Russell 0.1100000 3.41
Shawn Camp 1100000 3.45
Carlos Marmol 1000020 3.58
Jaye Chapman 1000100 1.23
Alberto Cabrera (L,0-1) 1110100 5.60
IBB - Votto by Alberto Cabrera
HBP - B. Phillips (by Michael Bowden), Heisey (by Alberto Cabrera)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Rusin 87-54, Michael Bowden 22-14, James Russell 9-6, Shawn Camp 17-10, Carlos Marmol 16-8, Jaye Chapman 10-3, Alberto Cabrera 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Rusin 6-5, Michael Bowden 2-1, James Russell 1-0, Shawn Camp 1-2, Alberto Cabrera 1-3
Batters Faced - Chris Rusin 25, Michael Bowden 6, James Russell 2, Shawn Camp 4, Carlos Marmol 3, Jaye Chapman 3, Alberto Cabrera 7
Game Information
Attendance - 31001
Game Time - 4:08
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Tim Welke