How it happened: Shin-Soo Choo drove in the go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning. Eduardo Sanchez takes the loss in relief. The Cubs finally broke their Wrigley Field scoreless streak at 33 innings, which set a franchise record. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run home run in the second inning off of Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. The blast was the 15th of the season for Schierholtz. Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija continued to have control issues, walking and wild pitching his way into early trouble. The Cubs got a long solo home run from Dioner Navarro in the fourth inning, his career best 10th of the season. Samardzjia threw 110 pitches in his six innings of work, hitting the showers trailing by a run. Third baseman Donnie Murphy was able to get the Cubs starter off the hook, hitting a solo homer into the right field bleachers leading off the seventh inning. Murphy has four home runs in his first 27 at-bats with Chicago.
What it means: Samardzjia has one win in his last nine starts. The Reds have dominated the Cubs in head-to-head competition, having won 12 of the first 15 games the teams have played in 2013.
Outside the box: President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the Cubs will continue to be active in the international market place. Expect the Cubs to be in pursuit of the power-hitting Cuban defector Jose Abreu when the first baseman makes his way to the United States over the coming months. … Mr. Cub, Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks, was honored by Cubs ownership for his Presidential Medal of Freedom prior to Tuesday evening’s game. President Barack Obama bestowed the medal upon Banks last week. Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was also recognized by the President. The medal is the highest honor that can be awarded to a private citizen of the United States.