CINCINNATI (AP) — The
Chicago Cubs had a runner in scoring position in each of the first six
innings and managed only one unearned run on Jay Bruce's error at first
base. After wasting those chances to take control, they fell apart.
played first base for the first time since high school and committed an
error that let in a run Monday night, but he later homered to help the
Cincinnati Reds rally for a 9-3 victory over Chicago in the opener of a
Billy Hamilton drove in a career-high four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple.
Coghlan had four hits for the Cubs, who stranded six runners in scoring
position. They had a runner thrown out at the plate in the sixth when
Skip Schumaker — filling Bruce's spot in right field — nailed Welington
Castillo as he tagged from third on a fly ball.
The Cubs had 11 hits — five for extra bases — but they didn't get much out of them.
think for us more the story line is we had some opportunities to score
some runs today," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We had some guys in
scoring position and we left a lot of guys out there."
have won 11 of their last 16 games despite getting little production
from injured first baseman Joey Votto, who had another test on his
troublesome left thigh on Monday. The Reds were awaiting results before
deciding whether to put him back on the disabled list.
(7-7) gave up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo and an unearned run off
Bruce's error during seven innings. Leake is 8-2 in his career against
Chicago, including 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA.
Bruce's error let in a run that tied it 1-all in the fifth, he singled
and scored on Devin Mesoraco's double off Edwin Jackson (5-9). Bruce hit
a two-run homer off left-hander James Russell in the seventh. Hamilton
tripled home the three runs in the eighth.
Jackson gave up two
runs with two outs in the fifth, when the Reds went ahead to stay. The
bullpen allowed five runs in the last two innings.
"It's just a
matter of making a pitch with two outs," said Jackson, who allowed seven
hits and four runs in six innings. "That's pretty much what it boils
down to. I'm a pitch away from being out of that inning."
the NL's MVP in 2010, has missed the last two games with a strained
muscle above his left knee, an injury that sidelined him for 23 games
starting in May. He's batting only .250 with no homers since his return.
volunteered to move to first base to help the short-handed Reds, who
have no experienced backup at the position. He was on the field four
hours before the game taking grounders and getting tips on how to cover
the base in various situations.
Bruce made a couple of nice plays
on ground balls and plucked a low pickoff throw out of the dirt. His
first error in the infield helped the Cubs tie it 1-all in the fifth.
two outs, Coghlan singled and went to third on Justin Ruggiano's
single. Bruce reacted slowly to Anthony Rizzo's grounder toward the
line, and it tipped off his glove for an error.
Bruce's homer was
his second in two days and his 49th off a lefty in the last five
seasons, the most by any batter in the majors.
NOTES: The game was
delayed by rain for 21 minutes in the middle of the third inning. ...
The teams play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, the first game
making up for a rainout on April 28. The Cubs will go with LHP Travis
Wood (7-6) and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0). Cincinnati will use Johnny Cueto
(8-6) and LHP David Holmberg (0-0). ... It's the first time the Cubs
and Reds have played a five-game series since 1999. ... Former Nasty
Boys relievers Rob Dibble, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers threw
ceremonial pitches. Dibble had some history with the Cubs, plunking Doug
Dascenzo in the back of the legs after his squeeze bunt during a game
at Wrigley Field in 1991.