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Reds overcome Soler's HR, beat Cubs 7-5

By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer
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CINCINNATI (AP) Mat Latos had just enough. Javier Baez's fly ball came up just short. It wasn't pretty, but it was predictable.

The Reds won another ugly one over the Cubs.

Skip Schumaker drove in a pair of runs with a double and a single on Wednesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Jorge Soler's first-at-bat homer and his RBI single for a 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

''It wasn't a lot of fun, that's for sure,'' said Latos (5-3), who pitched into the eighth.

Soler, a 22-year-old prospect from Cuba, was called up Wednesday after getting a nine-year, $30 million deal from the Cubs in 2012. He started in right field and batted fifth.

After Luis Valbuena led off the second inning with a homer off Latos, Soler hit a 2-1 pitch into the Reds' bullpen in center field. The last Cub to homer in his first at-bat also did it in Cincinnati - Starlin Castro off Homer Bailey on May 7, 2010.

Soler also had an RBI single off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth, cutting it to 6-5. Latos pitched into the eighth and gave up four runs while fanning a season-high 10 batters.

''That was definitely something we needed,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''He gave up the back-to-back homers early, then really turned the corner and made some outstanding pitches. He took us into the eighth inning.''

Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey homered in the bottom of the inning. Aroldis Chapman escaped a two-on threat in the ninth, getting his 28th save in 30 chances. Baez flied out to the warning track in center to end it.

Jacob Turner (4-8) made his first start for the Cubs and lasted only 3 2-3 innings, giving up six runs - three of them unearned.

The Reds took advantage of three Cubs errors and ended their four-game winning streak, one shy of their season high. The Reds are 24-10 against Chicago over the last two years, including 10-5 this season.

The Reds sent nine batters to the plate and scored four times in the fourth inning, taking advantage of fielding errors by shortstop Starlin Castro and Valbuena at third. Schumaker, Brandon Phillips and Devin Mesoraco had RBI singles.

Reds leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton had a pair of infield singles and stole his 50th base, becoming the ninth Reds player to reach the mark. Bob Bescher holds the club rookie mark with 54 in 1909.

''It's just what I do: Steal bases,'' Hamilton said.

The Cubs were missing first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has a stiff lower back. Rizzo hit his 30th homer during a 3-0 win on Tuesday night but had to leave in the eighth inning because of the back problem.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: Outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano went on the 15-day DL. Sweeney pulled a hamstring on Tuesday. Ruggiano hadn't played since last week because of a sore left ankle. INF Logan Watkins was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto took ground balls for the first time since he went on the DL on July 8 with strained muscles above his left knee. Price said it's unlikely he'll start a rehab stint before Sept. 4, when he's eligible to be reinstated.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (7-4) makes his second career start against the Reds. He beat them on June 24 at Wrigley Field, giving up two earned runs and three hits over seven innings of a 7-3 victory.

Reds: Dylan Axelrod (0-0) makes his second start of the season. He was the victim of a blown save on Aug. 17 in Colorado, a 10-5 loss.

LUCKY NUMBER

Soler is sticking with the No. 68 that he wore in the minors, even though big numbers are not all that common in the big leagues. Asked about it before the game, Soler said through a coach translating: ''I don't know. I like that number.''

BILLY'S SWIPES

Hamilton's 50 steals are the most by a Reds player since Deion Sanders stole 56 in 1997. The club record is Bescher's 81 steals in 1911.

STATS

The Cubs have homered in 11 consecutive games for the first time since 2007. ... Valbuena's 13th homer gave him a career high, one more than his total from last season. ... Turner was acquired from Miami in a trade on Aug. 8 for a pair of minor league pitchers. He'd made two relief appearances with the Cubs. ... Chicago won a challenge in the fifth, when Kristopher Negron was initially ruled safe at first on a close play. The call was overturned on review. ... Heisey's homer was his third this season as a pinch-hitter and ninth career.

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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

S. Schumaker
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Soler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Chris Coghlan, LF4120111.270.342.441
Javier Baez, 2B5112014.198.232.462
Starlin Castro, SS4010020.286.333.429
Luis Valbuena, 3B3111112.241.322.428
Jorge Soler, RF4122011.500.5001.250
Welington Castillo, C4010022.234.297.380
Arismendy Alcantara, CF4010012.229.284.371
Chris Valaika, 1B4010022.200.229.289
Jacob Turner, P1000011.200.250.333
   Carlos Villanueva, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyuji Fujikawa, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Logan Watkins, PH1110000.364.364.455
   Zac Rosscup, P0000000.000.000.000
   Justin Grimm, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Matt Szczur, PH1000011.200.250.200
Totals355115213    
a-singled for Fujikawa in the 8th
b-struck out for Grimm in the 9th
Batting
2B - Javier Baez (3, Broxton)
HR - Luis Valbuena (13, Latos), Jorge Soler (1, Latos)
SH - Carlos Villanueva (3)
RBI - Javier Baez 2 (13), Luis Valbuena (43), Jorge Soler 2 (2)
SB - Luis Valbuena (1, 2nd base off Latos/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Baez-Valaika
E - Javier Baez (4, Misplayed grounder), Starlin Castro (14, Misplayed grounder), Luis Valbuena (7, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (L,4-8) 3.2763210 5.84
Carlos Villanueva 2.1300050 4.61
Kyuji Fujikawa 1100010 1.42
Zac Rosscup 0.1111001 7.36
Justin Grimm 0.2000010 4.01
HBP - Mesoraco (by Kyuji Fujikawa)
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 66-39, Carlos Villanueva 39-30, Kyuji Fujikawa 15-10, Zac Rosscup 7-5, Justin Grimm 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 7-3, Carlos Villanueva 2-0, Kyuji Fujikawa 2-0, Zac Rosscup 1-0, Justin Grimm 1-0
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 20, Carlos Villanueva 10, Kyuji Fujikawa 5, Zac Rosscup 2, Justin Grimm 2
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF5120010.264.297.380
Todd Frazier, 1B5110020.278.341.456
Brandon Phillips, 2B5011021.266.304.377
Devin Mesoraco, C2121100.278.354.537
Jay Bruce, RF3110114.221.298.377
Kris Negron, 3B4110013.273.319.477
Skip Schumaker, LF4122000.240.290.319
Zack Cozart, SS4011002.226.274.301
Mat Latos, P2000012.071.103.071
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Chris Heisey, PH1111000.226.275.372
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals35712628    
a-homered for Broxton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kris Negron (4, Turner), Skip Schumaker (12, Turner)
HR - Chris Heisey (5, Rosscup)
SH - Mat Latos (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (42), Devin Mesoraco (64), Skip Schumaker 2 (21), Zack Cozart (34), Chris Heisey (15)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips (13), Devin Mesoraco (38)
SB - Billy Hamilton (50, 3rd base off Villanueva/Castillo)
CS - Billy Hamilton (19, 2nd base by Turner/Castillo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Negron-B. Phillips-Frazier, Negron-B. Phillips-Frazier-B. Phillips-Cozart-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos (W,5-3) 77441102 3.15
Jonathan Broxton (H,21) 1311010 1.52
Aroldis Chapman (S,28) 1100120 2.49
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 102-66, Jonathan Broxton 19-14, Aroldis Chapman 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 4-6, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 28, Jonathan Broxton 5, Aroldis Chapman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 20497
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Ben May, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Bill Miller