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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.
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.
|Players of the Game|
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|Shin-Soo Choo, CF||5||2||1||1||2||1||0||.279|
|Zack Cozart, SS||7||1||2||0||0||0||2||.245|
|Joey Votto, 1B||6||0||1||2||1||3||1||.319|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||7||0||1||1||0||3||2||.289|
|Jay Bruce, RF||7||1||4||0||0||2||4||.279|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.249|
|Alfredo Simon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Sam LeCure, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Hoover, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Derrick Robinson, PH-LF||3||0||0||0||0||3||3||.302|
|Xavier Paul, LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.276|
|Curtis Partch, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Devin Mesoraco, C||5||1||2||1||1||0||3||.254|
|Mat Latos, P||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.143|
|b- Jack Hannahan, PH-3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.212|
|a-struck out for Hoover in the 10th|
|b-?? for Latos in the 7th|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Xavier Paul 1|
|DP - B. Phillips-Cozart-Votto|
|E - Brandon Phillips (5, Throwing)|
|Alfredo Simon (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.21|
|Manny Parra (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||7.50|
|Sam LeCure (BS,2)||1||3||1||1||1||0||0||2.73|
|Jonathan Broxton (L,2-2)||0.2||2||1||1||1||1||0||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|
|David DeJesus, CF||7||1||1||1||0||1||3||.258|
|Starlin Castro, SS||7||2||3||0||0||1||1||.243|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||5||0||0||0||2||1||1||.243|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||7||0||2||1||0||2||3||.267|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||5||3||2||0||2||0||3||.297|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||6||0||1||1||0||1||3||.235|
|Hector Rondon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Julio Borbon, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.222|
|Welington Castillo, C||5||0||3||1||0||1||2||.256|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||6||0||2||1||0||0||2||.208|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.095|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|b- Ryan Sweeney, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.345|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Dioner Navarro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.264|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.155|
|Blake Parker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Ransom, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|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|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1|
|DP - Rizzo|
|E - Starlin Castro 2 (9, Throwing)|
|Hector Rondon (W,1-0)||2||1||0||0||0||4||0||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|
|Attendance - 28986|
|Game Time - 5:07|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - John Tumpane|