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
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
Derrek Lee followed Walker's homer with a double to left-center
and Nomar Garciaparra chased Simpson with a single that sent Lee to
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
``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
``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
``I honestly can't remember ever in my professional career that
I ever balked and ultimately it cost us the game,'' Ohman said.
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
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.