Reds deal Cubs seventh straight lossJun 7, 2011 - 4:32 AM
Mike Leake (5-2) pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs while scattering 10 hits and a walk to help the Reds claim their fourth win in seven games.
"He was good. He was very good. He didn't have any strikeouts but he used his defense, and that's what pitching is all about," Reds manager Dusty Baker said about Leake.
Chicago's Matt Garza (2-5) made his first start since landing on the 15-day disabled list May 18 with a right elbow contusion. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in four innings as the Cubs' season-high losing streak reached seven games.
"We're in a tough place right now. We're just going to keep grinding out, keep fighting through just like everybody else is doing," said Garza. "We're not going to roll over and I don't think anybody is going to roll over for us."
Darwin Barney scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Pena in the first inning to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Barney reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a Starlin Castro single.
That was be the only time in the contest Chicago had the lead.
Jay Bruce led off the second with a double and came around to score on a single by Gomes to knot the game at one.
The Reds took a 2-1 advantage in the third when Drew Stubbs homered into the right-field bleachers.
Cincinnati loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on a Miguel Cairo walk, a Ryan Hanigan single and a Paul Janish walk. Leake then singled on a grounder through the right side of the infield to bring home Cairo. Stubbs followed with a grounder to short that was almost an inning-ending double play, but he just beat the throw to first and Hanigan crossed the plate. Brandon Phillips lined out to second to end the inning as the Reds made the score 4-1.
Chicago got a run back in the fifth after Kosuke Fukudome doubled and moved to third on a infield single by Barney. Castro's sacrifice fly to deep right field made it a two-run game.
But Cincinnati took control of the game in the bottom half after Joey Votto was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Bruce doubled to put men on second and third with no outs. Gomes followed with a shot over the left-field wall to give the Reds a 7-2 lead.
The Reds added their final run after they loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. Bruce singled, Gomes was hit by a pitch and Hanigan walked to fill the bags. Janish then hit a grounder to third that may have been an inning ending double play, but Aramis Ramirez took his eye off the ball before it went into his glove and it bounced away, allowing Bruce to score on the fielding error.
Pena has reached base safely in 27 of his last 30 contests this season...Leake threw a career-high 114 pitches...Each team had 10 hits.
- CHICAGO: 2
Jun 6 10:08 PM
- Paul Janish reached first on Aramis Ramirez's fielding error scoring Jay Bruce with one out. On the play, Ryan Hanigan advances to second, Jonny Gomes advances to third. Bases loaded and Mike Leake due up.
Cubs 2, Reds 8 Bot 7, 1 OutJun 6 9:40 PM
- Jonny Gomes none-out, three-run Home Run (8) to left scored Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Miguel Cairo due up.
Cubs 2, Reds 7 Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 6 9:00 PM
- Starlin Castro's sacrifice fly scores Kosuke Fukudome with two out. Runner on first and Carlos Pena due up.
Cubs 2, Reds 4 Top 5, 2 OutsJun 6 8:44 PM
- Drew Stubbs grounded into a fielder's choice scoring Ryan Hanigan with two out. Mike Leake out at second. Paul Janish advances to third. Runners on first and third with Brandon Phillips due up.
Cubs 1, Reds 4 Bot 4, 2 OutsJun 6 8:35 PM
- Mike Leake singled in Miguel Cairo with one out. On the play, Paul Janish advances to second and Ryan Hanigan advances to third. Bases loaded and Drew Stubbs due up.
Cubs 1, Reds 3 Bot 4, 1 OutJun 6 8:33 PM
- Drew Stubbs one-out, solo Home Run (9) to right. Brandon Phillips due up.
Cubs 1, Reds 2 Bot 3, 1 OutJun 6 8:12 PM
- Jonny Gomes singled in Jay Bruce with none out. Runner on first and Miguel Cairo due up.
Cubs 1, Reds 1 Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 6 7:42 PM
- Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly scores Darwin Barney with two out. Runner on first with Aramis Ramirez due up.
Cubs 1, Reds 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 6 7:17 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 6 7:10 PM
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