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Reds settle for DH split as Cubs beat Chapman in 9th

Cincinnati’s outfielder Billy Hamilton doubles home two runs in the second inning to help the Reds to a 5-0 lead. However, the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Reds 6-5 and get a split of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Reds won the opener 9-1 behind the pitching of Mike Leake. (Courtesy of The Cincinnati Reds.com)

Cincinnati’s outfielder Billy Hamilton doubles home two runs in the second inning to help the Reds to a 5-0 lead. However, the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the Reds 6-5 and get a split of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Reds won the opener 9-1 behind the pitching of Mike Leake. (Courtesy of The Cincinnati Reds.com)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Even with their rested closer on the mound, the Cincinnati Reds couldn’t finish it off.

Taylor Teagarden singled home the tiebreaking run off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night, completing the Chicago Cubs’ biggest comeback of the season for a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader split with Cincinnati.

The Reds won the opener 9-1 behind another strong showing by Mike Leake, who could be traded this month.

The Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to get the split, completed with Teagarden’s pinch-hit single off Chapman (3-4). Coming off a day of rest, the left-hander gave up three hits in the ninth, the last by a .154 hitter with one RBI.

“In that situation, you’ve just got to go with your best,” catcher Brayan Pena said, “and that’s a 100-plus mph fastball.”

Hector Rondon (4-2) escaped a bases-loaded threat in the eighth, and Jason Motte finished it for his sixth save in as many chances.

Leake (8-5) went eight innings in the opener to beat the Cubs for the fifth straight time. Todd Frazier extended his post-home run derby surge with three more hits, including a two-run double in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks (4-5).

Leake was thinking that it might be his last start for the Reds in Cincinnati with the non-waiver trade deadline approaching. He’s in the final year of his contract and the Reds are out of contention.

“Each one from here on could be (the last one),” Leake said. “It’s very ironic that the first one and the last one could be against the same team.”

Leake made his debut against the Pirates in 2010 and has dominated them lately. The right-hander retired the last 16 batters he faced on Wednesday, extending his streak of success against Chicago. He hasn’t lost to the Cubs since April 21, 2012, going 5-0 in his last nine starts against them with a 2.68 ERA.

“It’s always difficult to say goodbye to players,” manager Bryan Price said. “We don’t know if that’s going to happen or not.”

Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, who grew up in nearby Middletown, Ohio, went 7 for 16 in the series with an RBI double, two homers and a stolen base.

Both teams had 10-batter, five-run rallies in the nightcap.

The Reds piled up their five in the second inning against Dallas Beeler, who didn’t make it past the inning. Shortstop Starlin Castro booted a potential double-play grounder to extend the rally, and Billy Hamilton doubled home two runs.

The Cubs got their five runs in the top of the third off left-hander Tony Cingrani, who failed to make it out of the inning. Chris Denorfia doubled home two runs, and Kris Bryant tied it with a pinch-hit, two-run single.

The Reds got the bulk of their runs from big innings. Twice in the opener, they sent nine batters to the plate to score four runs.

OUTTA HERE

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the fourth inning by first base umpire Adam Hamari for arguing a balk call. It was his third ejection of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler jammed his right hand on the wall in center while catching Frazier’s fly ball in the fourth. He repeatedly flexed his hand but stayed in the game.

Reds: Cingrani was activated off the DL as the 26th man for the second game. He had been sidelined since June 15 with a strained pitching shoulder. He was returned to Triple-A Louisville after the game.

UP NEXT

Cubs: After a day off, the Cubs return to Wrigley Field to start a series against the Phillies. Jon Lester (5-8) faces Jerome Williams (3-7).

Reds: They are off on Thursday as well before going to Colorado for a series. Anthony DeSclafani (5-7) faces Eddie Butler (3-6) in the opener.

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FIRST GAME

Reds 9, Cubs 1

Chicago (NL) AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Coghlan lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .256

Schwarber c 3 0 2 1 1 0 .429

Rizzo 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .285

Soler rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 .257

Bryant 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .257

Denorfia cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .295

J.Herrera 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .247

Hendricks p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .079

Medina p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

a-Teagarden ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .154

Ne.Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

A.Russell ss 3 1 1 0 0 1 .233

Totals 31 1 5 1 2 7

 

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Phillips 2b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .280

Bourgeois rf 5 1 1 0 0 1 .174

Votto 1b 4 3 3 1 1 1 .293

Frazier 3b 5 2 3 2 0 0 .283

Suarez ss 4 1 1 2 1 1 .302

Schumaker lf 3 1 1 1 1 1 .211

B.Hamilton cf 4 0 1 2 0 2 .220

Barnhart c 3 0 2 1 1 1 .262

Leake p 4 0 0 0 0 2 .122

Badenhop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Totals 37 9 13 9 4 11

 

Chicago 001 000 000 — 1 5 1

Cincinnati 400 010 40x — 9 13 0

 

a-struck out for Medina in the 8th.

E—A.Russell (11). LOB—Chicago 5, Cincinnati 8. 2B—A.Russell (17), Frazier 2 (28), Suarez (5). HR—Votto (17), off Hendricks. RBIs—Schwarber (11), Votto (45), Frazier 2 (63), Suarez 2 (17), Schumaker (8), B.Hamilton 2 (21), Barnhart (8). SB—Schwarber (1), Schumaker (1).

Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 4 (Soler, Rizzo, Denorfia 2); Cincinnati 6 (Leake 3, Phillips, Suarez 2). RISP—Chicago 2 for 7; Cincinnati 5 for 13.

GIDP—Rizzo.

DP—Cincinnati 1 (Suarez, Votto).

 

Chicago (NL) IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Hendricks L, 4-5 6 7 5 5 2 9 99 3.66

Medina 1 4 4 4 2 1 42 6.00

Ne.Ramirez 1 2 0 0 0 1 15 3.52

 

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Leake W, 8-5 8 4 1 1 0 6 111 3.78

Badenhop 1 1 0 0 2 1 26 4.58

Balk—Hendricks.

Umpires—Home, Jim Reynolds; First, Adam Hamari; Second, Paul Schrieber; Third, Fieldin Culbreth.

T—2:43. A—35,093 (42,319).

 

SECOND GAME

Cubs 6, Reds 5

Chicago (NL) AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Fowler cf 5 0 2 0 0 1 .239

S.Castro ss 5 1 1 1 0 1 .239

Rizzo 1b 4 2 2 0 0 0 .287

Soler rf 3 1 0 0 2 0 .254

Denorfia lf 3 1 1 2 0 2 .296

Strop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

b-Hammel ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .190

Soriano p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

H.Rondon p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

e-Teagarden ph-c 1 0 1 1 0 0 .214

A.Russell 2b 4 0 2 0 1 1 .237

D.Ross c 2 0 1 0 1 0 .181

c-Schwarber ph-c 2 0 0 0 0 2 .409

Motte p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Beeler p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333

a-Bryant ph-3b 3 0 1 2 0 0 .258

J.Herrera 3b 2 1 1 0 0 0 .253

T.Wood p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .115

Coghlan lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .254

Totals 38 6 12 6 4 9

 

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

B.Hamilton cf 5 0 3 2 0 2 .226

Votto 1b 2 0 2 0 3 0 .298

Frazier 3b 5 0 0 0 0 0 .279

Bruce rf 5 0 0 1 0 1 .251

B.Pena c 5 1 1 0 0 0 .276

Byrd lf 3 1 2 0 2 1 .247

Suarez ss 5 1 2 0 0 3 .306

De Jesus Jr. 2b 4 1 2 1 1 2 .253

Cingrani p 1 1 0 1 0 0 .000

Villarreal p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000

Ju.Diaz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

d-Schumaker ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .217

A.Chapman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 —

Totals 38 5 13 5 6 11

 

Chicago 005 000 001 — 6 12 1

Cincinnati 050 000 000 — 5 13 0

 

a-singled for Beeler in the 3rd. b-grounded out for Strop in the 7th. c-struck out for D.Ross in the 8th. d-singled for Ju.Diaz in the 8th. e-singled for H.Rondon in the 9th.

E—S.Castro (16). LOB—Chicago 10, Cincinnati 12. 2B—Fowler (14), S.Castro (9), Rizzo (25), Denorfia (8), J.Herrera (3), B.Hamilton 2 (6). RBIs—S.Castro (40), Denorfia 2 (13), Teagarden (2), Bryant 2 (54), B.Hamilton 2 (23), Bruce (49), De Jesus Jr. (10), Cingrani (1). SB—Fowler (15), Rizzo (13), Bryant 2 (10). CS—Byrd (1).

Runners left in scoring position—Chicago 7 (Soler, J.Herrera 2, Hammel, Coghlan, Schwarber 2); Cincinnati 6 (Bruce 3, B.Pena 2, Villarreal). RISP—Chicago 5 for 16; Cincinnati 3 for 13.

Runners moved up—Soler, Bruce. GIDP—Bruce.

DP—Chicago 1 (A.Russell, S.Castro, Rizzo).

 

Chicago (NL) IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Beeler 2 6 5 3 2 0 48 6.43

T.Wood 2 1-3 3 0 0 1 3 48 4.39

Strop 1 2-3 0 0 0 2 4 30 3.14

Soriano 1 1 0 0 0 1 14 0.00

H.Rondon W, 4-2 1 2 0 0 1 1 23 1.93

Motte S, 6-6 1 1 0 0 0 2 17 2.63

 

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Cingrani 2 2-3 6 5 5 2 3 70 4.85

Villarreal 4 1-3 2 0 0 0 2 46 4.32

Ju.Diaz 1 1 0 0 0 2 21 5.60

A.Chapman L, 3-4 1 3 1 1 2 2 26 1.74

Inherited runners-scored—Strop 1-0, Villarreal 2-0. IBB—off H.Rondon (Votto), off Beeler (Votto), off Cingrani (D.Ross). HBP—by Cingrani (Rizzo). WP—Strop.

Umpires—Home, Manny Gonzalez; First, Paul Schrieber; Second, Fieldin Culbreth; Third, Adam Hamari.

T—3:39. A—39,183 (42,319).