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Hamilton hits first career homer as Reds top Cubs

Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Hamilton hit his first career home 
run  to  help the Cincinnati  Reds to a  3-2 win over  the Chicago Cubs in the 
opener of an abbreviated two-game series. 

Hamilton  went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a game that saw the first pitch 
delayed  close  to 20 minutes  and also included two  delays once the game got 
underway. 

Monday's game between the two teams was washed out due to rain. No makeup date 
has been announced. 

Brandon  Phillips and Chris  Heisey both knocked in runs for the Reds, who saw 
starter  Alfredo Simon  (4-1)  pick up  his  fourth win  of  the season  after 
pitching  six  innings and  surrendering  two  runs  on  five hits  with  five 
strikeouts.  Jonathan  Broxton picked up  his fifth save  of the season with a 
perfect ninth inning. 

Starlin  Castro knocked in both runs for Chicago, which has lost five of their 
last six games. 

Jeff  Samardzija (0-3) took the loss after he allowed three runs on eight hits 
over 5 2/3 innings with four walks and four strikeouts. 

Samardzija  issued a leadoff walk to Hamilton, who stole second and moved over 
to third on a wild pitch to quickly get into scoring position. 

Joey  Votto walked to  put runners at the corners and Phillips followed with a 
long sacrifice fly to right that gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. 

The Cubs  took the  lead in the  third with  a two-run single  off the bat of 
Castro. 

Emilio Bonifacio singled with one out and moved over to third on a single from 
Ryan  Kalish. Anthony Rizzo followed with a walk and Castro ripped a single up 
the middle that plated Bonifacio and Kalish. 

After  the first  in-game  rain  delay that  lasted  about  30 minutes,  Simon 
faced  the  minimum in the fifth  and Hamilton led  off the bottom half of the 
inning with a laser out to right that tied the game. 

Zack  Cozart tripled  with  two  outs in  the  sixth  and pinch-hitter  Heisey 
followed with a single to left that broke the tie. 

The  second delay  lasted over an hour. Logan Ondrusek, Sam LeCure and Broxton 
collectively  allowed three  hits to  seal  the win  for the  Reds after  play 
resumed. 

                                   Game Notes 

Time  of game: 3:00 (1:45 delay) ... The Reds collected 11 hits, while Chicago 
had  eight ...  Votto walked three times  in the win ... The Cubs were 1-for-7 
with runners in scoring position ... Cincinnati was 2-for-8 with RISP. 

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