Cincinnati at Chicago

Chi. Cubs
W: M. Leake (2-1) L: C. Villanueva (1-2) S: J. Hoover (1)
HR: CIN - None   CHC - None

Cubs' 3-run rally in 9th not enough against Reds wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Cincinnati Reds needed every clutch hit they could manage and almost every arm in their bullpen Friday to hold off the Chicago Cubs.

Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and the Reds scored five times when two were out to hold off the Cubs 6-5.

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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."

The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman before reliever J.J. Hoover came on and struck out Darwin Barney with the bases loaded to pick up his first save.

"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."

Devin Mesoraco, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart also had run-scoring hits to help the Reds hand Carlos Villanueva (1-2) the loss.

"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.


  • Sveum said he wants to see injured pitcher Matt Garza get at least three more starts or "close to 100 pitches" in a rehab assignment after suffering a lat strain. Garza is set to pitch Monday for Triple-A Iowa. Svuem also said reliever Kyuji Fujikawa's rehab effort Sunday in Iowa will be only about 25 pitches. Fujikawa went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.
  • The Cubs have at least one stolen base in five straight games.
  • Reds RHP Johnny Cueto missed his scheduled rehab start at Class AA Pensacola on Friday due to a setback in his recovery from a strained right lat muscle.
  • Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani (2-0) opposes Chicago's Jeff Samardzija (1-4) on Saturday.
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Reds star reliever Aroldis Chapman gets the hook after giving up three earned runs to the Cubs in the 9th inning. (Getty Images)
Reds star reliever Aroldis Chapman gets the hook after giving up three earned runs to the Cubs in the 9th inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

S. Choo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

A. Rizzo
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Cincinnati Reds
Shin-Soo Choo, CF4221110 .330
Zack Cozart, SS5011023 .200
Joey Votto, 1B3220100 .303
Todd Frazier, 3B4011103 .233
Jay Bruce, RF5112021 .258
Xavier Paul, LF3110201 .273
    Derrick Robinson, PR-LF0000000 .250
Devin Mesoraco, C5011005 .240
Cesar Izturis, 2B2000200 .172
Mike Leake, P3000004 .286
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   a- Jack Hannahan, PH1000000 .308
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .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
Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake (W,2-1) 5.2922030 4.15
Sam LeCure (H,2) 0.2100100 1.54
Sean Marshall (H,3) 0.2100010 0.00
Jonathan Broxton 1000000 5.84
Aroldis Chapman 0.2433210 2.57
J.J. Hoover (S,1) 0.1000010 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
Chicago Cubs
David DeJesus, CF4010001 .281
   a- Dave Sappelt, PH1110000 .190
Starlin Castro, SS4110100 .282
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5130013 .243
Alfonso Soriano, LF5121016 .269
Nate Schierholtz, RF4021005 .305
   b- Scott Hairston, PH0001100 .118
Welington Castillo, C4012012 .318
    Travis Wood, PR0000000 .167
Luis Valbuena, 3B4030001 .253
   c- Cody Ransom, PH0000100 .250
Darwin Barney, 2B5000017 .179
Carlos Villanueva, P2000021 .125
    Michael Bowden, P0000000 .000
   d- Julio Borbon, PH1000000 .278
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   e- Dioner Navarro, PH1110000 .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)
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Villanueva (L,1-2) 5.2744240 2.85
Michael Bowden 1.1011300 4.26
Kameron Loe 1211100 7.71
Kevin Gregg 1000110 0.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 32579
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 41
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt