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
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
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
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.