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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (39-26) «01200603012161
Chi. Cubs (25-37)000101000254

Reds 12, Cubs 2

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CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker doesn't follow the records. He is keeping count as the Reds keep piling up victories at Wrigley Field.

Xavier Paul hit a three-run home run, Joey Votto added a two-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds roughed up Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Tony Cingrani (3-0), filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto, pitched seven strong innings as Cincinnati extended its franchise-best winning streak at Wrigley Field to 11 games.

The former Cubs manager was surprised to hear that 11 games is the most consecutive wins by an opponent at Wrigley.

"Really? I'll tell you, I am not an accountant. But I do know how many. It's a nice count," Baker said with a sly smile.

Cingrani, from Chicago's South Suburbs, allowed two runs and four hits, while striking out five and allowing one walk.

Zack Cozart also added a three-run shot in the eighth and Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the second inning for the Reds.

Baker also passed Ralph Houk for 16th place on the all-time win list for a manager with 1,620 victories.

The Reds have won 18 of its last 21 against the Cubs.

"It's pretty cool. We're comfortable here. Our pitching has been doing what they have always been doing and we feel really relax here and we know coming in we will have a really good shot," said Frazier. "For some reason, we do like playing here in Chicago, but we're happy go lucky. It's pretty fun, it gets us back on the winning track. We got two more to go, we're trying to get that sweep."

Garza (1-1) was tagged for a career-high nine runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He was lifted in the sixth after allowing six runs without retiring a batter.

"Its keeping the ball down and fastball command, I don't think he really had his slider today, he wasn't throwing much, but it's still keeping the ball down, keeping the ball down and away and obviously pitching in, but you've got to have fastball command down in the strike zone," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Garza dropped to 0-2 against the Reds this season, allowing 13 runs in nine innings. The three home runs he gave up were the most since last July 5 at Atlanta.

Cody Ransom hit a solo home run for the Cubs, who have lost seven of their past nine games. The third baseman committed three of Chicago's four errors as the Cubs suffered their worst defeat of the season.

With two outs in the second, Frazier connected on a 1-2 pitch that wound up in the center-field basket for his seventh home run of the season. It was his first home run on the road this year and first one since April 24th.

"I'm trying to get hits, I'm trying to help the team. Do I want to hit home runs? Yes,. But at the same time I'm trying to get my average up, we're trying to win. Am I conscious [about it]. Yeah, it's there, but I know at the end of the year I'm going to have the numbers I am going to have. I am trying to reach my goals and I still think I have a shot," said Frazier.

An inning later, Votto tagged Garza for a two-run shot. It was Votto's 11th of the season. Votto is 16 for 30 with seven doubles, one home run and eight RBI during a nine-game hitting streak at Wrigley.

The Reds added six runs for Cingrani in the sixth. Jay Bruce lined a double down the left-field line to drive in two runs. After Garza hit Frazier with a pitch, Paul followed with a three-run homer to right. After chasing Garza, Cozart added an RBI single to give the Reds a 9-1 lead.

Bruce was 3 for 5 with two RBI as Cincinnati finished with 17 hits.

Ransom scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the fourth. Ransom hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth.

Cozart cleared the bases on a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Cubs reliever Zach Putnam. Putnam left with an apparent injury after giving up the home run.

"He's got a bone spur that he battled over a year now, he said it was just on fire, so I think well get an MRI on that tomorrow," said Sveum.

Notes

The Cubs suspended Triple-A infielder Ian Stewart on Tuesday without pay for an indefinite period following his critical comments about the organization. ... RHP Mike Leake is Wednesday's scheduled starter for the Reds. He is 3-1 in his last five starts with a 1.13 ERA. ... On Wednesday, Cubs starter Travis Wood will try for the fifth time to beat his former team. He is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA against the Reds. ... After the game, the Cubs acquired RHP Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals for minor league RHP Ian Dickson.

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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

Z. Cozart
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

X. Paul
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF5110013 .280
    Curtis Partch, P0000000 .000
Zack Cozart, SS5124002 .244
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
    Derrick Robinson, CF0000000 .321
Joey Votto, 1B4222001 .328
   a- Cesar Izturis, PH-SS1010000 .159
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110101 .292
Jay Bruce, RF5132021 .276
Todd Frazier, 3B4211003 .246
Xavier Paul, LF4123023 .288
   b- Donald Lutz, PH-LF1000010 .235
Ryan Hanigan, C4100104 .163
Tony Cingrani, P2120000 .250
   c- Jack Hannahan, PH-1B2110011 .222
Totals4112161227  
a-doubled for Votto in the 8th
b-struck out for Paul in the 9th
c-singled for Cingrani in the 8th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (16, Putnam), Cesar Izturis (2, Villanueva), Jay Bruce (20, Garza), Xavier Paul (7, Garza)
HR - Zack Cozart (6, Putnam), Joey Votto (11, Garza), Todd Frazier (7, Garza), Xavier Paul (5, Garza)
SH - Shin-Soo Choo (2), Tony Cingrani (3)
RBI - Zack Cozart 4 (28), Joey Votto 2 (31), Jay Bruce 2 (45), Todd Frazier (35), Xavier Paul 3 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Zack Cozart (14), Joey Votto 2 (10), Todd Frazier (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Votto-Cozart-Cingrani, Izturis-B. Phillips-Hannahan
E - Joey Votto (7, Dropped fly)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tony Cingrani (W,3-0) 7422151 3.15
Manny Parra 1100000 7.71
Curtis Partch 1000110 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Tony Cingrani 92-59, Manny Parra 8-6, Curtis Partch 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Cingrani 5-10, Manny Parra 1-1
Batters Faced - Tony Cingrani 25, Manny Parra 3, Curtis Partch 4
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Darwin Barney, 2B4000012 .201
Cody Ransom, 3B3211110 .241
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3010110 .252
Alfonso Soriano, LF3001021 .268
Scott Hairston, RF4010001 .159
Welington Castillo, C3000001 .250
Starlin Castro, SS3000000 .240
Ryan Sweeney, CF3020000 .345
Matt Garza, P1000010 .143
    Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
    Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .176
   a- Julio Borbon, PH1000001 .212
    Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
Totals2825226  
a-lined out for Villanueva in the 8th
Batting
HR - Cody Ransom (7, Cingrani)
SF - Alfonso Soriano (2)
SH - Matt Garza (1)
RBI - Cody Ransom (13), Alfonso Soriano (27)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Barney-Castro-Rizzo, Barney-Castro-Rizzo
E - Scott Hairston (1, Misplayed grounder), Cody Ransom 3 (6, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Garza (L,1-1) 5999233 6.26
Hector Rondon 2300010 6.14
Zach Putnam0333001 18.90
Carlos Villanueva 1100010 3.77
Blake Parker 1000020 1.59
HBP - Frazier (by Matt Garza)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 89-59, Hector Rondon 39-25, Zach Putnam 10-6, Carlos Villanueva 14-12, Blake Parker 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 6-5, Hector Rondon 4-1, Carlos Villanueva 2-0, Blake Parker 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Garza 26, Hector Rondon 9, Zach Putnam 3, Carlos Villanueva 4, Blake Parker 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30937
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Brian Knight