Reds 11, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hero: Jeff Baker led off a four-run Cubs seventh with his fourth home run of the season.

Goat: It was quite a contrast from his major league debut. Thomas Diamond (0-2) was hammered for five runs - all earned - on four hits in just three innings. Diamond walked three and struck out one.

Key Play: Jay Bruce's two-run, two-out double in the first inning reaped Cincinnati's first two runs and put the Reds ahead to stay.

Comments: The Cubs (47-64) have lost 10 of their last 11, lost their 10th in 13 games against Cincinnati, and fell to 20-35 against NL Central opponents. They are a season-high 16.5 games out of first.

Carlos Zambrano was used as a pinch hitter with a runner at second abd two out in the seventh and tapped out to Reds pitcher Billy Bray. Big Z is hitting .217 and is 0-for-4 as a pinch hitter this season.

Next: Zambrano (3-6, 5.61) will return to the starting rotation against the San Francisco Giants (63-49) at AT&T Park on Monday (CSN+, 9:15 p.m.) and will oppose 21-year-old left-hander Madison Bumgarner (4-4, 3.20 ERA).

Zambrano, who will be making his first start since June 25 at U.S. Cellular Field when he was removed after the first inning and subsequently placed on the restricted list, will be limited to 75-80 pitches.

Bumgarner had the worst of his eight major league starts Wednesday against Colorado, allowing four runs on nine hits in four-plus innings.

Lou Piniella will miss the start of this series so that he can visit his ailing 90-year-old mother. Bench coach Alan Trammell, who was 0-3 during his most recent tenure as acting manager, will again assume Piniella's duties.

The Giants trail first-place San Diego by two games in the NL West.

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