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"The team that gets the two-out hits is the team that wins the games," Reds manager Dusty Baker said after the Reds improved to 4-10 on the road. "Those are big, big clutch hits when you get two out.
"We had some guys swing the bat pretty good today."
"You kind of train yourself for that as a reliever," Hooever said. "All of these (relievers) can handle that situation. That's what makes us a good staff."
Chapman allowed three straight hits to open the inning, then got two outs before giving up a bases-loaded walk to Nate Schierholtz and a two-run single to Welington Castillo as the Cubs pulled within one. After pinch-hitter Cody Ransom drew a walk to load the bases again, Hoover replaced Chapman and preserved the win by getting Barney on a foul tip.
Baker cited inactivity for Chapman's problems in the ninth.
"He hadn't pitched in three days," Baker said. "If you don't pitch him it's like if you're pitching him too much."
Mike Leake (2-1) gave up two runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings, earned his fourth straight decision over the Cubs with help from five relievers.
"It's cold out there but I'm just trying to work on my strikes and work down in the zone," Leake said. "The umpire was working well with me on that low ball. It was nice to try to attack that lower half of the zone."
"It's impossible to hit all the time - you wish they could and I wish they could," Baker said. "Things go in cycles. I'm just hoping this is an upturn towards how we can play, how we can hit."
Leake cruised into the sixth with a 4-0 lead before giving up a consecutive one-out doubles to Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano, and an RBI single to Schierholtz. Leake was replaced one out later after giving up a single to Luis Valbuena that put runners at first and third. Reliever Sam Lecure got Barney on a pop up to second base to end the inning.
Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, the Cubs loaded the bases with one out before reliever Sean Marshall struck out Soriano on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt and got Schierholtz to ground out to second.
The Cubs came in last in the majors in batting with runners in scoring position at .167 and had more trouble. A day after going 0 for 7 in such situations against San Diego, the Cubs were 0 for 4 until Soriano's RBI double in the sixth. Still, the Cubs left 12 runners on base.
The rally encouraged manager Dale Sveum even if the Cubs left the winning run on base in the ninth against Hoover.
"We didn't do much in the first eight innings again, though," he said. "We left some guys out there again and obviously they added on a couple there, one they added on without a hit the one inning (seventh). Those are the things that will come back and haunt you at the end of a game."
Cincinnati chased Villanueva with two out in the sixth after RBI doubles by Bruce and Mesoraco for a 4-0 lead. Michael Bowden relieved Villanueva and ended the threat, but Cincinnati tacked on single runs on Bruce's RBI grounder in the seventh against Bowden and Cozart's run-scoring single in the eighth against Kameron Loe.
"In my last two starts, I'm one pitch away from two quality outings," Villanueva said. "You know, the good part is I'm close to where I want to be. I'm just not putting that guy away when I need to."
Cincinnati broke on top in the first on Joey Votto's single and Frazier's run-scoring double to deep center. Xavier Paul led off the second with a double off Villanueva and scored on Choo's two-out single.
|Reds star reliever Aroldis Chapman gets the hook after giving up three earned runs to the Cubs in the 9th inning. (Getty Images)|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||4||2||2||1||1||1||0||.330|
|Zack Cozart, SS||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.200|
|Joey Votto, 1B||3||2||2||0||1||0||0||.303|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||0||3||.233|
|Jay Bruce, RF||5||1||1||2||0||2||1||.258|
|Xavier Paul, LF||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.273|
|Derrick Robinson, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||5||0||1||1||0||0||5||.240|
|Cesar Izturis, 2B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.172|
|Mike Leake, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.286|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jack Hannahan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aroldis Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Marshall in the 8th|
|2B - Shin-Soo Choo (9, Loe), Todd Frazier (6, Villanueva), Jay Bruce (8, Villanueva), Xavier Paul (2, Villanueva), Devin Mesoraco (4, Villanueva)|
|RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (12), Zack Cozart (13), Todd Frazier (20), Jay Bruce 2 (13), Devin Mesoraco (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (4), Zack Cozart (8), Todd Frazier (6), Devin Mesoraco (2)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Leake-Cozart-Votto, Frazier-Izturis-Votto|
|Mike Leake (W,2-1)||5.2||9||2||2||0||3||0||4.15|
|Sam LeCure (H,2)||0.2||1||0||0||1||0||0||1.54|
|Sean Marshall (H,3)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|J.J. Hoover (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.29|
|HBP - Castillo (by Jonathan Broxton)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 89-62, Sam LeCure 13-7, Sean Marshall 11-8, Jonathan Broxton 7-4, Aroldis Chapman 32-19, J.J. Hoover 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 8-5, Sean Marshall 1-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Leake 25, Sam LeCure 4, Sean Marshall 3, Jonathan Broxton 3, Aroldis Chapman 8, J.J. Hoover 1|
|David DeJesus, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.281|
|a- Dave Sappelt, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.282|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||5||1||3||0||0||1||3||.243|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||1||2||1||0||1||6||.269|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||4||0||2||1||0||0||5||.305|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||.118|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.318|
|Travis Wood, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||4||0||3||0||0||0||1||.253|
|c- Cody Ransom, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||7||.179|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.125|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Julio Borbon, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Dioner Navarro, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-singled for DeJesus in the 9th|
|b-walked for Schierholtz in the 9th|
|c-walked for Valbuena in the 9th|
|d-flied out for Bowden in the 7th|
|e-singled for Gregg in the 9th|
|2B - Anthony Rizzo (7, Leake), Alfonso Soriano (6, Leake)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano (3), Nate Schierholtz (11), Scott Hairston (7), Welington Castillo 2 (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston (1), Welington Castillo 2 (3)|
|SB - Nate Schierholtz (4, 2nd base off Leake/Mesoraco)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Barney-Rizzo|
|E - Welington Castillo (4, Throwing)|
|Carlos Villanueva (L,1-2)||5.2||7||4||4||2||4||0||2.85|
|IBB - Paul by Michael Bowden|
|HBP - Votto (by Michael Bowden)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 95-59, Michael Bowden 32-14, Kameron Loe 21-12, Kevin Gregg 10-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 4-9, Michael Bowden 1-3, Kameron Loe 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 26, Michael Bowden 8, Kameron Loe 6, Kevin Gregg 3|
|Attendance - 32579|
|Game Time - 3:29|
|Temperature - 41|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|