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Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Monday, September 12
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 13
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 14
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Reds 3

(67-77, 28-41 away)

Cubs 4

(72-73, 34-37 home)

    8:05 PM ET, September 13, 2005

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: M. Wuertz (6-2)

    L: D. Weathers (7-2)

    Walker's single lifts Cubs past Reds

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker will take any win he can get to keep his team's slim playoff hopes alive.

    Todd Walker's long single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Cubs a far-from-perfect 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

    Trailing the Florida Marlins by six games in the NL wild-card race, the Cubs were able to win despite leaving 15 runners on base and not being able to execute a rundown in the ninth inning.

    "We dodged some bullets and got out of some jams. We botched that rundown play, I'm just glad that didn't cost us," Baker said. "I will take a sloppy win, a win is a win right now."

    Derrek Lee homered for the Cubs, who have won nine of 12.

    Felipe Lopez and Edwin Encarnacion hit homers for the Reds, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

    The Reds executed just as poorly as the Cubs, leaving 10 runners on base.

    "We had some opportunities," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "We know if we keep getting guys on base we're going to have some big innings -- tonight we just didn't."

    Matt Murton led off the 10th with his third hit of the game, a single off Reds reliever David Weathers (7-2). Neifi Perez put down a bunt that first baseman Sean Casey fielded and threw to second baseman Ray Olmedo, who was covering first. But Olmedo dropped the ball, giving the Cubs runners first and second with no outs.

    Weathers struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot, then walked Jerry Hairston to load the bases. Walker ended it with a fly ball that landed on the warning track in right.

    "The big at-bat was Hairston, walking him and loading the bases. I tried to get him to hit into a double play, but I just kept missing with my sinker, and Walker got the best of me at the end," Weathers said.

    Michael Wuertz (6-2) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win.

    Both teams had runners in scoring position in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, including both leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.

    Cubs reliever Ryan Dempster had to pitch out of the jam in the ninth because of the blown rundown.

    With a runner on second and two outs, Lopez hit a grounder to Perez at short, but he wasn't able to make a throw because he was too deep in the hole. Chris Denorfia, the runner at second, rounded third and was caught in a rundown. Catcher Michael Barrett ran down Denorfia, but he was able to get back to third after a high throw by Barrett. Dempster walked Adam Dunn to load the bases and then got pinch-hitter Javier Valentin to fly out.

    Lee got his 100th RBI with his 42nd homer, a shot off Eric Milton in the first that landed on Waveland Avenue.

    "I told him congratulations and he didn't even know what I was talking about," Baker said.

    The Cubs scored two runs in the second on an RBI triple by Murton and a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by Perez.

    Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the second, his sixth and Lopez tied the game the next inning with a solo homer, his 20th. Both were off Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano.

    Zambrano, who had won his last five decisions, allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked three on 115 pitches.

    "I think I gave my team a chance to win the ballgame and I was feeling pretty good," Zambrano said.

    Milton pitched six innings and allowed three runs and six hits.

    Game notes

    The Cubs recalled OF Ben Grieve from Triple-A Iowa. ... Lee had 98 RBI last season. ... Lopez became the third Cincinnati SS to hit 20 homers in a season, joining Barry Larkin and Leo Cardenas. Larkin hit 20 in 1991 and 33 in 1996. Cardenas hit 20 in 1966. ... Both benches were warned in the third inning after Zambrano hit Wily Mo Pena with a pitch and Milton hit Burnitz. ... Theriot made his major league debut for the Cubs. ... Hairston reached base five times, four on walks.

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