Final Score: Cincinnati 7, Chicago 4
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer and
Brandon Phillips smacked a two-run shot to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the
Chicago Cubs, 7-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Great American Ball
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and scored twice and Xavier Paul
drove in a run for the Reds, winners in four straight.
Bronson Arroyo (5-4) allowed three runs on six hits over six frames to get the
win. Aroldis Chapman stranded a pair of runners in the ninth for his 11th save
of the season.
Scott Feldman (4-4) was tagged for a season-high five runs on seven hits over
5 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Feldman also stroked his first career homer, a two-run blast in the second
inning, and Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney added one RBI apiece for the
Cubs, losers in five straight.
"Scott was just one pitch away from another solid outing. A hanging curveball.
It seems like that been our motto lately. One hanging off-speed pitch in
situations when we can do anything with the baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum
The Cubs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Valbuena doubled then
moved to third on a Dioner Navarro single. Barney followed with a sacrifice
fly to center to plate Valbuena before Feldman helped his own cause with a
two-run blast to right field to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
The Reds scored five runs in the fourth to take the lead. Votto smashed a one-
out solo homer to left-center. Phillips singled and Todd Frazier walked to put
two on with two outs before Paul laced a single to center to bring Phillips
across. Hanigan followed with a three-run shot to left to give the hosts a 5-3
"Sometimes in a game like that you get into a deficit and can't get anything
going. Luckily for us, Hanigan got an opportunity there and popped one out of
the park," Arroyo said.
Ryan Sweeney opened the eighth with a double to right before coming around on
a Valbuena single up the middle.
Phillips' two-run shot in the eighth gave the Reds some breathing room. Votto
singled before Phillips cracked a no-doubter over the wall in center.
Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Over that stretch, Votto is
batting .510 with four homers and 10 RBI ... Phillips extended his hitting
streak to a season-high 11 games ... The Reds starting pitchers are 6-0 with a
2.24 earned run average over the last 10 games ... Cincinnati is 17-6 at home
this season ... The Cubs have dropped six of their last seven games.
05/25 02:56:32 ET
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