Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Reds 4 (F/10)
May, 26, 2013
By Mark Schmetzer, Special to ESPNChicago.com
CINCINNATI -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday at Great American Ball Park.
How it happened: Unlike the first two games, in which Chicago took an early lead and at least made Cincinnati come from behind, the Cubs fell behind 4-0 before pushing across a run in the seventh and three in the eighth with two outs to tie the score before winning it in the 10th on Welington Castillo’s double, which drove in Scott Hairston. Anthony Rizzo cut the Reds' lead to 4-2 with a double down the right-field line, his third double in the past two games, and Alfonso Soriano followed with his fifth home run of the season and first since May 13. Chicago right-hander Matt Garza, making his second start of the season after coming off the disabled list, pitched three shutout innings before the Reds erupted in the fourth. Jay Bruce hit a one-out solo homer, Ryan Hanigan launched a run-scoring drive to straightaway center field on which David DeJesus almost made a tremendous diving catch with his back to the plate, and Zack Cozart capped the inning with a bases-loaded, two-run double.
What it means: The Cubs snap their season-high losing streak at six games.
Outside the box: Soriano moved into a tie with Jeff Kent and Norm Cash for 67th place on the career home run list with his 377th. Matt Williams is next with 378.
Up next: The Cubs open a stretch of 14 games in 16 days in Chicago with interleague “road” games Monday and Tuesday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2-6) is the Cubs’ projected starter. He expects to face left-hander Jose Quintana (3-1) in the 12:10 p.m. game.