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Cincinnati at Chicago

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Cincinnati (40-27)21000000005131
Chi. Cubs (26-38) «11010000016152

Cubs win in extras, end Reds' Wrigley win streak

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- It took the Chicago Cubs 14 innings before they finally found a way to beat Cincinnati at home.

Pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled home the winning run with two outs in the 14th and Chicago beat the Reds 6-5 on Thursday to end Cincinnati's record 12-game winning streak at Wrigley Field.

"I was ready from probably the ninth inning on, probably even a little earlier, just trying to get that opportunity to go up there and help in any way possible," Borbon said. "It feels pretty good."

The Cubs hadn't beaten Cincinnati at home since last Aug. 9. With the win, Chicago avoided a four-game sweep and improved to 3-10 against the Reds this season.

Hector Rondon (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory and Chicago's bullpen finished with 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a game that lasted 5 hours, 7 minutes.

David DeJesus homered and Nate Schierholtz became the first player this season to hit two triples in a game for the Cubs, who had lost eight of 10 to fall a season-high 13 games below .500. They scored at least five runs for the first time since June 5.

"I think we needed that win today," Rondon said.

Jonathan Broxton (2-2) took the loss in the longest game for both teams this season.

The previous record for consecutive victories by a visitor at Wrigley Field was 10, by the St. Louis Cardinals (1943-44) and matched by the New York Giants (1950-51) and Montreal Expos (1982-83), according to STATS.

Chicago had lost 25 of 31 to the Reds dating to Sept. 13, 2011.

Starlin Castro led off the 14th with a single against Broxton and stole second when Anthony Rizzo struck out. Castro went to third on Alfonso Soriano's groundout to first base, and Schierholtz was intentionally walked before Borbon came through.

Castro went 3 for 7 after entering in a 4-for-48 slump. He was back in the second spot in the lineup after dropping to seventh last week and hitting sixth on Wednesday, and came within a few feet of ending the game in the ninth when his double off the wall in left was knocked down by a stiff wind blowing in.

"That was by far, obviously, the best day he's had all year," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He should have had a walk-off home run. He crushed that ball. That was a shame. We would have been in New York by now."

The Cubs open a three-game series Friday night against the Mets.

Instead of using closer Aroldis Chapman in the 14th, Reds manager Dusty Baker went to Broxton.

Baker said he didn't want to use Broxton because of a sore right elbow and had him "penciled in as a no" but tried to "sneak" him through one inning.

"[Chapman] was my last pitcher to close out the game," Baker said.

Mat Latos was trying to win his seventh straight decision to start the season for Cincinnati. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.

Latos has won his last 10 regular-season decisions since losing to the Cardinals on Aug. 24, and the Cincinnati bullpen has blown saves in five of his games this season.

This time, however, Reds relievers did a nice job after Latos left. They allowed two runs over 7 2-3 innings.

"I felt good, because I was throwing my pitches for strikes for the most part," said Curtis Partch, who tossed four scoreless innings. "It definitely helped me out to get some quick outs. Definitely helped me to go those four innings and not throw too many pitches."

Jeff Samardzija pitched six innings for Chicago, allowing five runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out six.

Since beating the White Sox with a two-hitter on May 27, Samardzija is winless in three starts.

Chicago tied the score at 5 in the eighth Darwin Barney's two-out single off Sam LeCure.

Cincinnati scored twice in the second on RBI singles by Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo and added two in the fifth on run-scoring singles by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.

Jay Bruce had four hits for the Reds. Choo reached base three times and scored twice.

Zack Cozart reached on Castro's second error at shortstop leading off the 14th and advanced to third on Bruce's two-out single. Rondon struck out Derrick Robinson to end the threat, Cincinnati's first in extra innings.

Notes

  • Baker and Sveum were both impressed by the pace of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, won 4-3 in triple overtime by the Chicago Blackhawks. Baker went to United Center but left after regulation and said watching the game was an inspiration to return to the World Series. Sveum watched the entire game on TV.
  • The Reds said it's possible RHP Johnny Cueto could start Sunday against the Brewers. Cueto has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a strained right shoulder.
  • Cubs RHP Shawn Camp, on the DL since May 22 with sprained right big toe, is expected to work two innings in a rehab assignment Friday for Class-A Kane County.
  • Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.35 ERA) starts Friday for the Reds against Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (2-6, 4.03).
  • Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson(2-8, 5.76) opposes Mets RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96) on Friday night.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

N. Schierholtz
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 7
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF5211210 .279
Zack Cozart, SS7120002 .245
Joey Votto, 1B6012131 .319
Brandon Phillips, 2B7011032 .289
Jay Bruce, RF7140024 .279
Todd Frazier, 3B3010101 .249
    Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .200
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
    Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   a- Derrick Robinson, PH-LF3000033 .302
Xavier Paul, LF5000033 .276
    Curtis Partch, P1000001 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Devin Mesoraco, C5121103 .254
Mat Latos, P3010010 .143
   b- Jack Hannahan, PH-3B3000031 .212
Totals555135519  
a-struck out for Hoover in the 10th
b-?? for Latos in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jay Bruce (21, Samardzija)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (22), Joey Votto 2 (33), Brandon Phillips (54), Devin Mesoraco (16)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (9), Devin Mesoraco (5)
SB - Jay Bruce (2, 2nd base off Rondon/Castillo)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Xavier Paul 1
DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto
E - Brandon Phillips (5, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 6844141 3.08
Alfredo Simon (H,2) 0.2000110 3.21
Manny Parra (H,4) 0.1000000 7.50
Sam LeCure (BS,2) 1311100 2.73
J.J. Hoover 1100110 5.20
Curtis Partch 4100040 1.69
Jonathan Broxton (L,2-2) 0.2211110 4.33
IBB - Rizzo by J.J. Hoover, Schierholtz by Jonathan Broxton
HBP - Castillo (by Curtis Partch)
WP - Mat Latos (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 98-72, Alfredo Simon 12-5, Manny Parra 6-3, Sam LeCure 21-14, J.J. Hoover 20-10, Curtis Partch 53-34, Jonathan Broxton 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 5-8, Alfredo Simon 1-0, Manny Parra 1-0, Sam LeCure 1-1, Curtis Partch 4-4, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 26, Alfredo Simon 3, Manny Parra 1, Sam LeCure 6, J.J. Hoover 5, Curtis Partch 14, Jonathan Broxton 5
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF7111013 .258
Starlin Castro, SS7230011 .243
Anthony Rizzo, 1B5000211 .243
Alfonso Soriano, LF7021023 .267
Nate Schierholtz, RF5320203 .297
Luis Valbuena, 3B6011013 .235
    Hector Rondon, P0000000 .000
   a- Julio Borbon, PH1011000 .222
Welington Castillo, C5031012 .256
Darwin Barney, 2B6021002 .208
Jeff Samardzija, P2000021 .095
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .176
   b- Ryan Sweeney, PH0000100 .345
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
   c- Dioner Navarro, PH1000002 .264
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   d- Scott Hairston, PH1000012 .155
    Blake Parker, P0000000 .000
    Cody Ransom, 3B1000010 .238
Totals546156511  
a-singled for Rondon in the 14th
b-walked for Villanueva in the 7th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Russell in the 8th
d-struck out for Marmol in the 10th
Batting
2B - Starlin Castro (15, Hoover)
3B - Nate Schierholtz 2 (2, Latos, Latos)
HR - David DeJesus (6, Latos)
RBI - David DeJesus (18), Alfonso Soriano (28), Luis Valbuena (18), Julio Borbon (3), Welington Castillo (11), Darwin Barney (10)
2-OUT RBI - Julio Borbon (3), Darwin Barney (6)
SB - Starlin Castro 2 (5, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco, 2nd base off Broxton/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Rizzo
E - Starlin Castro 2 (9, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija 61055460 3.46
Carlos Villanueva 1000100 3.71
James Russell 1000010 1.40
Kevin Gregg 1000020 0.92
Carlos Marmol 1100030 4.97
Blake Parker 2100030 1.17
Hector Rondon (W,1-0) 2100040 5.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 116-71, Carlos Villanueva 9-4, James Russell 10-8, Kevin Gregg 20-13, Carlos Marmol 16-12, Blake Parker 19-13, Hector Rondon 45-33
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 7-5, James Russell 1-1, Kevin Gregg 1-0, Blake Parker 1-2, Hector Rondon 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 32, Carlos Villanueva 3, James Russell 3, Kevin Gregg 3, Carlos Marmol 4, Blake Parker 7, Hector Rondon 8
Game Information
Attendance - 28986
Game Time - 5:07
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - John Tumpane