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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 11, Reds 4

8/6/2011

CHICAGO – A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 11-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

How it happened: Johnny Cueto came into Saturday's contest as one of the hottest pitchers in the game, leading the league in ERA. However, after falling behind 2-0 in the third, the scorching Cubs had no problems with Cueto. Carlos Zambrano led off the inning with a home run and the Cubs continued to pour it on, as they battered the Reds' ace for five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Reds bullpen didn't do much to stem the tide either. Five Cubs had multi-hit games and three batters -- Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, and Carlos Pena -- reached base four times.

What it means: The Cubs extended their season-high winning streak to seven games as they continue to play the spoiler role to perfection. Over the past week, they've managed to put a big dent in both the Pittsburgh Pirates' and Reds' playoff hopes.

Outside the box: Zambrano's home run was the 23rd of his career. That ties him with Walter Johnson for ninth place on the all-time list for home runs by a pitcher.

What’s next: Randy Wells (3-4, 5.89) looks to extend the Cubs’ winning streak to eight as he takes the mound against Bronson Arroyo (7-9, 5.45) on Sunday at Wrigley Field at 1:20 pm.