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Rapid Reaction: Reds 4, Cubs 2

9/7/2011

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Reds' win over the Cubs on Tuesday night.

How it happened: Bryan LaHair was a ninth-inning hero, hitting a homer that sent the Cubs and Reds to extra frames. His heroics, however, didn’t hold up. The Cubs were unable to capitalize extra-inning scoring opportunities, eventually falling to the Reds in the 13th. Prior to LaHair's home run, Cincinnati starter Mike Leake was in command from the beginning of the game on, allowing only one hit through the first seven innings (an Alfonso Soriano single in the second). The Cubs hit three baseballs that would have left the park if not for a stiff northeast wind off the lake. As usual, Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez was efficient through five innings before the Reds posted two runs and four hits in the sixth to send him to the showers.

What it means: The Cubs lost their 81st game of the season after consecutive wins.

Outside the box: Right-hander Andrew Cashner should be one of the first relievers out of the bullpen on Wednesday night. Cashner hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since April 6 when he strained his right rotator cuff during his first big league start.

Next: Right-hander Ryan Dempster (10-11, 4.75 ERA) takes on Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.29).