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CHICAGO -- On the brink of clinching a playoff spot, Brandon Phillips was missing his manager on Wednesday night.
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."
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.
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.
|Drew Stubbs comes through in the 11th inning with a tiebreaking single to sink the Cubs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brandon Phillips, 2B||5||2||1||0||0||0||2||.287|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||5||3||3||1||1||2||1||.218|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||2||3||2||1||1||.340|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||2||0||1||1||1||0||1||.276|
|Chris Heisey, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Jay Bruce, RF||6||0||1||0||0||0||6||.257|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||0||2||1||1||0||3||.242|
|Dioner Navarro, C||5||0||0||0||0||0||4||.286|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.199|
|Mike Leake, P||3||1||1||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Jose Arredondo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Henry Rodriguez, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Ondrusek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Xavier Paul, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Arredondo in the 8th|
|b-lined out for Ondrusek in the 11th|
|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|
|DP - B. Phillips-Valdez-Votto|
|E - Drew Stubbs (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jose Arredondo (H,12)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.83|
|J.J. Hoover (BS,1)||0.2||1||1||1||3||1||0||2.28|
|Logan Ondrusek (W,5-2)||1||2||0||0||1||2||0||3.18|
|Jonathan Broxton (S,27)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|David DeJesus, RF||6||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||1||0||0||1||1||1||.265|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||6||2||2||0||0||1||2||.294|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||1||1||2||1||2||1||.261|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||1||4||1||0||0||0||.283|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||4||0||2||1||1||0||2||.219|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||0||1||2||1||2||.267|
|Brett Jackson, CF||3||0||0||0||2||2||4||.170|
|Chris Rusin, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|a- Bryan LaHair, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Dave Sappelt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Joe Mather, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Jaye Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.207|
|Alberto Cabrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|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|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1|
|DP - Soriano-Barney, Valbuena-Barney-Rizzo, Castro-Barney-Rizzo, Rizzo|
|E - David DeJesus (2, Dropped fly)|
|Alberto Cabrera (L,0-1)||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||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|
|Attendance - 31001|
|Game Time - 4:08|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Tim Welke|