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Cubs Crush Reds

Cincinnati,  OH  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Anthony Rizzo hit  a two-run homer and 
scored  three  runs as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-4, in 
the second and final installment of a rain-shortened series. 

Starlin  Castro  and Wellington  Castillo both supplied  three hits apiece and 
Nate  Schierholtz  drove in three  runs for Chicago, which  has won two of its 
last three games. 

Starter  Edwin Jackson  (2-2) earned the win despite surrendering four runs on 
five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. 

Todd Frazier hit a two-run double and Brayan Pena homered as the Reds lost for 
the fourth time in five games. 

Starter  Tony  Cingrani gave  up three  runs on six  hits, but Nick Christiani 
(0-1)  was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs on two hits with three 
walks across two innings. 

"I'm just a little fatigued," said Cingrani. "I was laboring. I don't know 
what it is about the first inning, I've just got to pitch." 

Emilio  Bonifacio  singled to  right to lead  off the first  for the Cubs. Two 
batters  later,  Rizzo crushed  a deep home  run to left  center field to give 
Chicago an early 2-0 lead. 

The Reds responded quickly in the bottom half of the frame. Joey Votto reached 
on a double with one out and moved up to third on Brandon Phillips' groundout. 
Jackson  walked  Jay  Bruce  to  put runners  on  the  corners.  Todd  Frazier 
crushed  a fastball  off the left-field wall  for a double that brought in two 
runs to tie the game at two apiece. 

Pena  led off the  bottom of the second with a solo shot to right, making it a 
3-2 game. 

Chicago  tied it in the top of the third. Junior Lake hit a one-out single and 
Rizzo walked before Lake raced home on Castro's RBI single. 

Christiani  entered the  game in  relief of  Cingrani to  start the  fifth. He 
was  greeted  with a double from  Lake and then  he walked Rizzo and Castro to 
load  the bases  with no outs. Mike  Olt grounded into a force out that scored 
Lake,  and Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Rizzo for a 
5-3 lead. 

Cincinnati  got one back  in the fifth. Billy Hamilton got aboard on a one-out 
single, moved up to second on Votto's grounder, stole third, and made it a 5-4 
game on Phillips' single to left. 

The Cubs  tacked on insurance  runs in the  ninth. Schierholtz connected on a 
single  up the  middle to  score Rizzo  and Castro.  Three batters  later with 
runners  on  second and  third, Ryan  Kalish reached on  a fielding error that 
scored  Schierholtz.  Bonifacio then doubled  to bring in Castillo, giving the 
Cubs a 9-4 advantage. 

"We had good at-bats all night," Rizzo said. "Schierholtz had a huge at-bat in 
the ninth." 

                                   Game Notes 

Rizzo  walked  four times ...  Pena's home run was  the first that Jackson has 
given  up this season. He had not given up a home run in 31 1/3 innings dating 
back  to  Sep. 28 of  last season ...  Chicago will return  home to kick off a 
three-game  series with  St.  Louis  on Friday  ...  The  Reds continue  their 
homestand with a four-game set against the Brewers on Thursday. 

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