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Cubs Drop Rubber Game With Reds

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Cozart went 3-for-5 with a home run and 
three  RBI as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs, 8-2, on Sunday to 
take the rubber match of a three-game set. 

Jay  Bruce hit a  solo homer and scored twice, while Todd Frazier went 2-for-5 
with an RBI and two runs scored in the win. 

Reds  starter Homer  Bailey (1-1) pitched six scoreless innings and struck out 
eight to earn his first win of the season. 

"It's about the fourth game in a row that the offense really picked me up," 
said Bailey. "Every time I take the mound (the offense) shows up. I'm just 
glad I could contribute." 

Cincinnati has won 17-of-19 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

Nate  Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney each knocked in a run for the Cubs, who saw 
starter Carlos Villanueva (1-4) take the loss after allowing five runs on nine 
hits with seven strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. 

"It's been strange going so far," said Villanueva. "I know for me and the 
team. It doesn't do us any good hanging our heads or being negative." 

Devin  Mesoraco kept  up his torrid start  to the season with an RBI double in 
the top of the fourth to open the scoring and give the Reds a 1-0 lead. 

Mesoraco  is now 17-for-33  on the season and has hit safely in all nine games 
he has played. 

Cozart  followed with  a double that plated Mesoraco and Bailey helped his own 
cause with an RBI single that scored Cozart. 

The  Reds  added on  in the  fifth when Frazier  knocked in  Bruce to push the 
spread to 4-0. Ryan Ludwick then singled home Frazier. 

Bruce  led off  the seventh  inning with  a solo  blast to  center and  Cozart 
followed a Mesoraco walk with a two-run shot that made it an 8-0 game. 

Schierholtz  and  Sweeney collected RBI singles  in the seventh to account for 
the final margin. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Reds  were 4-for-10 with  runners in scoring position  and left 10 men on 
base ... Chicago went 3-for-15 with RISP and left 14 runners on base ... Billy 
Hamilton  stole his seventh base of the season in the win ... Emilio Bonifacio 
swiped his ninth bag of the season in the setback. 

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