Reds 7, Cubs 4, 11 innings

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CHICAGO (AP)—Same game, different ending for the Cincinnati Reds.

Sean Casey’s three-run double in the 11th inning gave the Reds a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

The Cubs beat the Reds 4-3 in 10 innings on Tuesday night in another game where both teams had plenty of chances to win.

“Yeah, another short game for us. It was kind of the same kind of game last night,” Casey said. “They had opportunities, we had opportunities. Guys just couldn’t capitalize. We were able to capitalize in the 11th finally.”

Casey had four RBIs and Adam Dunn added three hits for the Reds, who have won four of their last five games.

Todd Coffey (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Cubs reliever Jermaine Van Buren (0-1) walked Ryan Freel to lead off the 11th. Rich Hill replaced Van Buren to face Felipe Lopez, who laid down a bunt. Hill fielded the ball and tried to force Freel at second, but the throw was late. Dunn moved the runners to second and third with a fly out after center fielder Jerry Hairston made an ill-advised throw to third. Hill intentionally walked Rich Aurilia and Casey then cleared the bases with a double to deep center.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker was frustrated after the game with his team’s mental lapses.

“Mistakes. Freel running on the bunt, it’s going to be hard to throw him out, and then when we moved Jerry to the outfield we told him many times about throwing the ball to keep the double play in order and that’s what led to having to walk to get to Casey,” he said. “We didn’t really want to get to Casey, but Rich Aurilia is hitting like .390 with runners in scoring position with less than two outs and Casey has 26 double plays and we were hoping to get 27—that was our best shot of getting out of the inning—and we didn’t get out.”

Jeromy Burnitz hit a two-run homer for the Cubs and Todd Walker tied the game 4-4 in the eighth with a solo homer off Allan Simpson.

Derrek Lee followed Walker’s homer with a double to left-center and Nomar Garciaparra chased Simpson with a single that sent Lee to third.

Kent Mercker relieved and got Burnitz to fly out to shallow center. Matt Belisle came on and hit Michael Barrett in the helmet with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Belisle got out of the inning, by getting Matt Murton to ground out and Neifi Perez to pop out.

“It looked like they had the game won. They had a lot of opportunities there and our pitchers were able to step up and come through for us big time,” Casey said.

Barrett was taken to Northwestern Memorial hospital where he underwent a CT scan. Results would not be made available until Thursday.

“You try to anticipate things and hitting a guy in the head isn’t one of those. That was a little frightening,” Belisle said.

Cincinnati scored three runs in the eighth to take a 4-3 lead.

Aurilia doubled to right-center, then Casey chased Roberto Novoa with an RBI-single to right. Reliever Michael Wuertz struck out Wily Mo Pena then gave up a double to Jason LaRue that sent Casey to third. Will Ohman came on and balked, scoring Casey. Pinch-hitter Javier Valentin gave the Reds the lead with an RBI single.

“I honestly can’t remember ever in my professional career that I ever balked and ultimately it cost us the game,” Ohman said. “It’s embarrassing.”

Randy Keisler made his first start of the season for the Reds, replacing Luke Hudson, who was moved to the bullpen. He allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. Keisler’s last start came on May 25, 2003, for San Diego.

Cubs starter Jerome Williams allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings.


Reds OF Austin Kearns left the team for personal reasons. He is expected to be back with the club in Pittsburgh on Friday. … Ryan Theriot got his first major league hit for the Cubs in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter. He was picked off first base. … Cubs reliever Ryan Dempster hit Aurilia with a pitch in the ninth and home plate umpire Dan Iassogna warned both teams.

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