National League Game Summary - Chicago at Cincinnati|
(Thursday, May 3rd)
Final Score: Cincinnati 4, Chicago 3 (10 innings)
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Scott Rolen's sacrifice fly in the bottom of
the 10th inning provided the winning run, as Cincinnati rallied from a late
three-run deficit to beat Chicago, 4-3, in the final contest of a truncated
Zack Cosart singled to begin the frame and moved to third when Rafael Dolis
(1-2) threw wild to first on a Chris Heisey sacrifice bunt attempt. Rolen
then lofted a ball deep enough to right field to bring in the deciding run.
"After we came all the way back to tie the game, the only thing left for us to
do then was win it," said Rolen, who entered the contest as a late defensive
It made a winner of Logan Ondrusek (2-0), who turned in a scoreless top of the
10th. Starter Homer Bailey worked six full frames, yielding nine hits and
Willie Harris, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips scored in the ninth for the
Reds, who dropped the opener on Wednesday.
Starlin Castro, Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto hit solo homers for the Cubs,
who have lost three of their last five.
Ryan Dempster made the most of his return from the 15-day disabled list,
tossing eight scoreless innings. He scattered three hits and walked one while
fanning six, but Carlos Marmol wasted that effort in the ninth.
He walked Harris and Votto before Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart booted a
Phillips grounder, allowing a run to score. Jay Bruce followed with a single
to load the bases, and Ryan Ludwick then walked to force in a run and make it
3-2. Dolis was called on and induced Devin Mesoraco's 6-4-3 double-play
grounder which tied the score.
"To have a game like that...I'm embarrassed," Marmol said.
Chicago began the game on the right foot, as Castro deposited a pitch just
over the center-field wall with two down in the first.
LaHair doubled Chicago's advantage in the fourth with a leadoff solo shot to
left, and Soto began the fifth with a blast to left for a 3-0 game.
Dempster kept Cincinnati off balance, not allowing a runner past second base
for the duration of his outing.
Cincinnati has taken three of five meetings with Chicago this season, and has
beaten the Cubs in four of the last five matchups in Ohio...The Cubs also
activated reliever Kerry Wood from the 15-day DL, while optioning pitchers
Randy Wells and Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa...Both starters celebrated
birthdays on Thursday, with Dempster turning 35 and Bailey turning 26.
05/03 19:31:44 ET