Rapid Reaction: Cubs 12, Reds 8

September, 12, 2011
9/12/11
9:36
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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CINCINNATI -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs’ 12-8 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night at Great American Ball Park.

How it happened: The Cubs staked starter Rodrigo Lopez to a three-run lead in the first inning and kept adding on. It was a big night for shortstop Starlin Castro, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Castro had a homer a double and a walk and scored three times in the first five innings. Alfonso Soriano had a single and a double and three RBIs. Aramis Ramirez became the second Cub in history to record six seasons with at least 30 doubles and 25 home runs. Lopez got the win, although he gave up four long home runs, including 961 feet of home runs in the Reds’ second inning. Brandon Phillips hit his first of two homers off Lopez and Juan Francisco’s home run was measured at 502 feet, the second longest in park history. Andrew Cashner came on in relief of Lopez and retired two batters, including a strikeout of Phillips on a 98 mph fastball.

What it means: The Cubs have won 3-of-4 games on this current seven-game road trip.

Outside the box: Lefty John Gaub made his major league debut in the seventh inning. … Castro is the first Cub since Mark Grace in 1992 to have four separate hitting streaks of at least 10 games.

What’s next: Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster (10-11, 4.74) faces Reds right-hander Mike Leake (11-9, 4.00) on Tuesday at 6:10 p.m.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167