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Chicago,  IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Bruce  drove in two runs and Mat Latos 
pitched  seven strong  innings as the Cincinnati  Reds took a 4-1 win over the 
Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday. 

Latos  (1-0) gave up  just a run on five hits while striking out five and Joey 
Votto  and Skip Schumaker  each drove in a run for the Reds, who have won four 
of their last five. 

"When you can go deep into your game it can help out your bullpen a lot," said 
Latos. "It's always key to go as deep as you can in every outing." 

Starlin  Castro drove in  the only run of the game for the Cubs, who have lost 
four of their past five. Edwin Jackson (5-8) gave up all four runs on six hits 
with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. 

"Aside  from the  start in  San  Diego I've  been feeling  pretty good,"  said 
Jackson.  "It's tough when you're not getting the results on how you feel, but 
it's a long season and things can turn around quick." 

In  the first  inning, Bruce  doubled to  right with  two outs  to score  Todd 
Frazier. Votto, though, was nailed at home to end the inning. 

Chicago  had  just one baserunner through  the first three innings, but got on 
the  board in  the fourth  as Ryan  Sweeney doubled  to start  the inning  and 
Castro  singled  to batters later to  tie the game. Luis Valbuena singled, but 
Nate Schierholtz and John Baker popped out to end the frame. 

Cincinnati  went back on top in the sixth as Frazier walked to start the frame 
and  Votto scored  him  with a  double. After  Devin  Mesoraco singled,  Bruce 
brought home Votto with a double. 

Chris  Heisey  then struck  out and  James Russell took  over for Jackson, but 
Schumaker laid down a perfect suicide squeeze for a 4-1 lead. 

Jonathan  Broxton tossed  a flawless eighth for Cincinnati and Aroldis Chapman 
allowed  a two-out double from Justin Ruggiano before striking out Mike Olt to 
end the game and pick up his 14th save of the season. 

                                   Game Notes 

Cincinnati  begins a four-game series in San Francisco on Thursday ... Chicago 
hosts  Washington for  a four-game set starting Thursday ... The Reds have won 
five of eight games against the Cubs this season ... Cincinnati center fielder 
Billy  Hamilton went 0-for-5 to have his 12-game hitting streak broken. It was 
the  longest  by a National  League rookie this  season and the longest active 
streak in the NL. 

 
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