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Hamilton's single lifts Reds past Cubs

Cincinnati,  OH (SportsNetwork.com)  - Billy  Hamilton's single  in the  ninth 
inning completed a comeback from a five-run deficit  and helped the Cincinnati 
Reds sweep a day-night doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs with a 6-5 win. 

Brayan  Pena blooped a  single into shallow left to begin the ninth off Hector 
Rondon  (1-3) before Devin Mesoraco ripped a single into left that sent pinch- 
runner Mike Leake to third. 

Hamilton  then slapped a single into left that drove in Leake to give the Reds 
their  fourth  straight win. Cincinnati  won the  opener of the twinbill, 4-2, 
behind 6 1/3 innings from Johnny Cueto and a two-run homer from Jay Bruce. 

Logan  Ondrusek (3-2)  capped  6  1/3 scoreless  innings  from the  Cincinnati 
bullpen with two innings of relief to earn the win in the nightcap. 

"Our  bullpen  did a tremendous  job and  shut them down  in the middle of the 
game," said Cincinnati's Skip Schumaker. "It gave us a chance to come back." 

Three  straight  singles from the Reds  to begin the fifth put Chicago starter 
Tsuyoshi Wada into some trouble. The Japanese southpaw struck out pinch-hitter 
Chris  Heisey for  the first out of the  inning and got Hamilton to pop out to 
shallow  center,  but Junior  Lake's  throw  back  into  the infield  hit  the 
pitcher's  mound,  allowing Schumaker  to scamper  home for Cincinnati's first 
run. 

Catcher  Welington  Castillo then  snapped a  throw down to  first that was in 
time to get Tucker Barnhart for the third out. 

Todd  Frazier  doubled to lead  off the sixth and  scored on a Bruce groundout 
later in the inning as the Reds cut the deficit to 5-2. 

Three  straight walks  with no outs loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Mesoraco 
in the seventh. Mesoraco, who entered the game 4-for-4 with two grand slams in 
bases  loaded  situations this  season, grounded  into a  6-4-3 double play to 
score  a run and Hamilton then tripled to right-center that cut the deficit to 
5-4 before Frazier grounded out sharply to shortstop to end the inning. 

Brandon  Phillips singled to open the home eighth and tied the game when Bruce 
flicked  a  double into the left-field  corner. However, Bruce was stranded on 
second as the game headed to the ninth knotted at 5-5. 

Earlier,  Mike  Olt walked with  one out in the  second and Chris Coghlan, who 
homered for Chicago in the first game, skied a two-run shot just over the wall 
in right for his second homer in as many games to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. 

Anthony  Rizzo led off the third with a solo blast to right that increased the 
cushion  to 3-0. Starlin  Castro followed with a single and Olt brought him in 
with his 12th homer of the year two batters later. 

"We  stopped  scoring  after  those  five runs,"  said  Chicago  manager  Rick 
Renteria. "They kept plugging away and found a way to get it done." 

Cincinnati  starter David  Holmberg  then allowed  a walk  to  Coghlan and  an 
infield  single  to Darwin  Barney  before  Wada moved  the  two  over with  a 
sacrifice  bunt. Carlos Contreras was called upon to get out of trouble and he 
got Lake to pop out to end the inning. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  start of the second game was delayed 35 minutes due to a forecast of rain 
that  never  came ...  Wada was  dealt a no-decision  in his big-league debut, 
allowing  one  unearned run  on five hits  and a walk  over five innings. Wada 
compiled  a  107-61 record with  a 3.13 ERA over  nine seasons in the Japanese 
Pacific League ... Holmberg, who made his Reds debut, was tagged for five runs 
on  seven hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings. He went 0-4 with a 5.28 ERA 
in  10  starts for Triple-A Louisville.  The left-hander made his major league 
debut  a season  ago with Arizona, giving up  three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 
innings on Aug. 27 against San Diego ... Frazier was selected as a participant 
for  the  2014 Home Run  Derby prior  to the game  ... Reds first baseman Joey 
Votto  was  placed on  the 15-day  disabled list earlier  in the  day due to a 
lingering  left quad  injury. The Reds activated Pena from the paternity leave 
list to fill the roster spot ... Chicago has been swept in three doubleheaders 
this  season ... The five-run deficit marked the Reds' largest comeback of the 
season  ...  Coghlan extended his  hitting streak to  nine games ... The Reds' 
last doubleheader sweep came against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 31, 2009. 

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