National League Game Summary - Chicago at Cincinnati|
(Sunday, May 26th)
Final Score: Chicago 5, Cincinnati 4 (10 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Welington Castillo plated the go-ahead run
with a two-out double in the top of the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs
avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Cincinnati
Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Cubs overcame a four-run deficit with some clutch two-out hitting to snap
a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Scott Hairston drew a two-out walk to extend the 10th for Castillo, who
grounded a J.J. Hoover (0-4) pitch past third baseman Todd Frazier and into
the left-field corner.
"A four-run deficit against that team, to come back -- we got some big hits,"
Chicago manager Dale Sveum said.
Kevin Gregg (1-0) recorded the final out with two runners aboard in the ninth
and worked out of a jam in the bottom of the 10th. He issued a one-out walk to
Frazier before pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan reached on catcher's interference.
The Reds, who failed to get a hit after the fifth inning, couldn't capitalize
on their opportunity as Ryan Hanigan flied out and Donald Lutz grounded out.
Cincinnati, which had its win streak end at five games, got a solid
performance from Johnny Cueto. The right-hander held the Cubs scoreless
through the first six innings, but Luis Valbuena started Chicago's rally with
a two-out RBI single off Cueto in the seventh.
"We went as far as we could with Johnny," Baker said of Cueto.
The Reds appeared headed for a clean eighth inning when reliever Logan
Ondrusek retired the first two batters. Starlin Castro, though, kept the frame
alive with a single and scored on a double by Anthony Rizzo. Alfonso Soriano
then tied things up with a home run to center field.
Cincinnati plated all its runs in the fourth inning against Chicago starter
Jay Bruce got the scoring started with his seventh home run of the season, a
lined smash to the right-field seats.
Garza then hit the next batter, Frazier, before walking Xavier Paul in front
of Hanigan, who sent a Garza pitch to center field for an RBI single. David
DeJesus nearly made an acrobatic catch on the play, but the ball was just out
of his reach.
After throwing a wild pitch, Garza fanned Cueto for the second out. With first
base open, the Cubs opted to intentionally walk Shin-Soo Choo in order to face
Zack Cozart. The move backfired, however, as Cozart delivered a two-run
double to left.
Garza was removed after the Reds' fourth-inning outburst, and like Cueto, made
his second start since a stint on the disabled list. He gave up four hits,
walked four and struck out seven.
The Cubs beat the Reds for only the third time in the last 19 matchups ...
Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips went 0-for-4 to snap his hitting
streak at 12 games ... Cueto scattered four hits and walked two ... The Reds
left 11 men on base.
05/27 00:02:02 ET