Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Reds recorded 16 hits, including
four home runs, in a 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a
four-game series at Wrigley Field.
Zack Cozart and Xavier Paul both hit three-run home runs while Joey Votto had
a two-run homer for the Reds. Jay Bruce also drove in two runs in the victory.
Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani (3-0) pitched seven solid innings, giving up
two runs on four hits while striking out five. He was recalled from Triple-A
Louisville prior to the contest.
Reds manager Dusty Baker also earned his 1,620th career win to pass Ralph Houk
for 16th-most all-time.
Cody Ransom had a home run but also committed three errors and Alfonso Soriano
drove in one run for the Cubs, who have lost four of their last five games.
Starter Matt Garza (1-1) was battered, surrendering nine runs on nine hits
over five-plus frames.
Todd Frazier hit a solo shot with two outs in the second. An inning later,
Cingrani reached first on a bunt and advanced to second on Ransom's errant
throw. Three batters later, Votto smashed the first pitch he saw over the
left-field wall to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.
Ransom drew a walk to begin the fourth, advanced to third on a single by
Anthony Rizzo and scored on a sacrifice fly by Soriano.
However, in the sixth, the Reds exploded for six runs. Votto singled to lead
off and got to third as Scott Hairston was unable to make the catch. Brandon
Phillips then walked, followed by a two-run double to left by Bruce. Frazier
was then hit by a pitch, setting up Paul's three-run smash to right.
After Ryan Hanigan drew a walk, Hector Rondon relieved Garza. Cingrani reached
first on a sacrifice bunt, as Ransom was unable to keep the ball in his glove.
Shin-Soo Choo grounded into a double play, but Cozart singled to right,
Ransom made up for his blunder with a solo shot in the home half, but the Cubs
mustered just one more hit over the final three frames.
In the eighth, pinch-hitter Jack Hannahan singled and Choo smacked a double to
center. Cozart then hammered a 1-1 pitch to left for the final margin.
Votto has 141 home runs at first base, tied with Tony Perez (1964-76, 1984-86)
for second-most in Reds history. He is also on a nine-game hitting streak at
Wrigley Field, hitting 16-for-30 with nine RBI in that span ... Soriano
snapped a seven-game hitting streak ... The Cubs are 3-for-29 with runners in
scoring position over their last five games.
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