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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reds Lose 12th Straight To Playoff Bound Cubs

The 107th rookie start and 61st in a row was handled by John Lamb against the playoff bound Cubs.

Lamb comes into the game 1-4 and has been plagued by one bad inning or one bad pitch..

Austin Jackson hit the one bad pitch in the third inning for a three-run home run that followed one-out walks to Addison Russell and Dexter Fowler. Lamb rebounded to strike out Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo but the damage was done. The stage was set for a 5-3 Cubs victory, a sweep that gave the Chicago team a 13-6 season series record against the Reds..

Jason Hammel started for the Cubs and pitched around a leadoff double by Jason Bougeois in the first inning, and two on, one-out jams in the third and fourth.
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Anthony Rizzo hit a ground rule double to score Fowler with the fourth Cub run to chase Lamb after 4 2/3 innings. Chris Denorfia's infield single scored Jackson to make if 5-0.

Brandon Phillips bonehead play cost the Reds a potential run in the sixth. He led off with the 300th double of his career. Phillips then stole his 22nd base of the season to put himself on thirdbase with no outs.  Todd Frazier hit a fly to short left that thirdbaseman Javier Baez fielded.  Phillips bluffed going home with no one covering third. He wandered down the line and slipped halfway between third and home and was tagged out to complete an improbable double play.

The Reds got on the scoreboard against Fernando Rodney.  Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart singled to open the seventh.  Ramon Cabrera pinch hit and hit a potential double play ball to Russell at shortstop, who booted the ball for an error to load the bases. Bourgeois hit a slow roller to Russell, who shoveled the throw to Castro at second but Bourgeois beat the relay to first as Saurez scored.  Cubs' manager Joe Maddon summoned Clayton Richard from the bullpen to create the lefty-lefty matchup with Joey Votto, who singled up the middle to score Barnhart. Phillips singled off Russell's glove to drive in Bourgeois.  The three unearned runs brought the Reds to within two runs at 5-3.

Votto has reached base in each of his last 47 games. He has reached base in 142 of his 155 appearances.

Hector Rondon, the seventh Cub pitcher on the day, earned his 29th save in 33 chances.

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