Local News

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Hamilton drove in the go-ahead run and 
Devin  Mesoraco  added a  game-sealing grand  slam in the  ninth inning as the 
Cincinnati Reds downed the Chicago Cubs, 6-1, at Wrigley Field. 

The  Reds went hitless over five straight innings before Chris Heisey, who was 
mired  in an 0-for-16 slump, stepped in as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the 
ninth and blooped a single to right. 

Heisey  stole second  to get into scoring position, and Hamilton's dribbler up 
the middle snuck past a diving Starlin Castro to break a 1-1 tie. 

A  single and walk loaded the bases for Mesoraco, who cleared the netting over 
the  wall  in left-center  for a clinching  slam that sent  the Reds over .500 
(38-37) for the first time all season. 

Todd  Frazier went  3-for-5 with a run  scored and an RBI, while Alfredo Simon 
was  terrific  in another  quality start  for Cincinnati,  which has won three 
straight and six of its last eight. 

Hector  Rondon  (1-2), who  had given  up seven earned  runs in 27 appearances 
coming into the opener of this three-game series, surrendered all five runs in 
the ninth to take the loss, Chicago's third straight. 

The  Reds  were poised  for a  big first inning  when Hamilton  led off with a 
double and scored on Frazier's triple to the right-field gap. 

Jeff  Samardzija  kept the damage  to just the one  run, however, and wound up 
giving up only two more hits during his six-inning start. 

"He settled down...and did a nice job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of his 

Simon  worked  out of several jams  himself, first shaking off Darwin Barney's 
leadoff  double in  the third,  then retiring  three straight  after the Cub
opened the fourth with a single and a double. 

Anthony  Rizzo, however,  solved Cincinnati's  starter  in the  sixth with  an 
incredible  display  of power. Simon's  hanging curveball was well outside the 
strike  zone,  and Rizzo  reached out  and muscled  it the  other way into the 
bleachers in left-center for his 16th home run of the season. 

Simon went on to pitch seven innings, allowing just five hits with one walk. 

"To  do  what he's  done this  year has been  spectacular," Reds manager Bryan 
Price said of Simon. 

Jonathan Broxton (3-0) hurled a perfect eighth to claim the victory 

                                   Game Notes 

Mesoraco,  who worked two walks and was hit by a pitch twice, has three career 
grand  slams and has homered in four straight games ... All but two of Simon's 
15  starts this year have been quality outings ... Samardzija struck out seven 
and walked two ... Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips sat out with a bruised 
left heel ... Cincinnati has won 18 of its last 20 at Wrigley Field. 

Main Office: