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National League Game Summary - Chicago at Cincinnati



(Thursday, July 10)

Final Score: Chicago 6, Cincinnati 4 (12 innings)

Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Luis Valbuena's two-run triple in the top of the 12th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs over the Cincinnati Reds, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Arismendy Alcantara, in his second big league game, went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for the Cubs, who salvaged the finale of this five- game set and ended and six-game slide. Starlin Castro added a pair of hits and an RBI for Chicago, which went 5-6 on its 11-game road trip.

Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI for the Reds, who blew a three-run lead and saw a five-game win streak come to a halt. No other Cincinnati player had multiple hits in a game that saw the Reds lose another starter and tempers flare before a dramatic end for the Cubs.

With the game tied in the ninth inning, the game got heated when the Cubs took exception to Aroldis Chapman throwing high and inside to a couple of the players in the top of the inning. Chapman escalated the issue by making gestures towards the Cubs dugout as he walked off the field after the top of the frame.

Then, while Chicago was warming up in the field in the middle of the inning, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo walked towards the Reds dugout, taking off his hat and throwing down his glove, appearing to challenge Chapman and his antics. Benches cleared and cooler heads eventually prevailed without any ejections and only warnings issued.

The game remained deadlocked until the 12th when the Cubs went ahead. With two outs and a pair of runners on, Valbuena drove a pitch from J.J. Hoover deep to right. Skip Schumaker tracked it down and made a leaping attempt. However, the ball went off his glove, caromed off the wall and the race was on. By the time Schumaker tracked down the ball, two runs scored. The relay throw, though, got Valbuena at home despite a replay on the bang-bang play at the plate.

Hoover (1-6) suffered the setback, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings.

"It's baseball," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "You have these situations throughout the course of the year. You have to acknowledge the fact that they played a good ball game."

Blake Parker (1-0) got the win for the Cubs, striking out three in two innings.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey left the game in the sixth inning with pain in the patellar tendon in his right knee. With Castro at the plate leading off the inning, Bailey never delivered a 1-2 pitch after pulling up when feeling pain. The pitch prior he was seen flexing his right leg after his delivery. He is, however, likely to make his next start after the All-Star break.

Cincinnati got going in the first inning, jumping on Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks in his major league debut. Consecutive walks to begin the inning set the table for Brayan Pena's one-out RBI double. Ludwick added an RBI single and Pena scored on Ramon Santiago's base hit to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs got a run back in the third when Hendricks scored on an Alcantara sac fly, but Ludwick's homer in the home half of the frame gave the Reds another three-run edge.

"Hendricks kept us in the game," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "He did a nice job."

Chicago got back into the game in the fifth when Alcantara doubled home a pair of runs and later tied the game off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth when Castro singled home Alcantara, who reached on an infield single that glanced off the glove of Broxton and later moved to third when first baseman Pena's errant throw to second went into left field.

Bailey was charged with three runs on two hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Hendricks also got a no-decision, surrendering four runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Game Notes

To make room for Hendricks, Chicago optioned pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa ... Prior to the game, the Reds selected infielder Kristopher Negron from Triple-A Louisville and optioned pitcher Carlos Contreras to Louisville ... Chapman has a strikeout in 39 consecutive games, tied for the longest strikeout streak in history by a reliever since 1900 (Bruce Sutter, 1977) ... Alcantara ended a homer shy of the cycle.

07/11 09:00:38 ET

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