Reds 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 6, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) was a tough-luck loser after allowing three runs - all earned - on four hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked four.

Goats: The top three hitters in the Cubs lineup - Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro, and Derrek Lee - combined to go 0-for-12 with four strikeouts.

Key Plays: Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Cubs had runners at second and third with no outs against Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (12-6), but Gorzelanny struck out, Colvin popped out softly to shortstop Paul Janish, and Castro struck out.

Comment: The Cubs (47-62) managed just five hits and stranded seven baserunners as they were shut out for the eighth time this season.

Next: Randy Wells (5-9, 4.40 ERA) will try to bounce back from a horrendous start Saturday (CSN, 12:05 p.m.) when he opposes Cincinnati (62-48) right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-1, 6.35).

Wells was hammered by Milwaukee for seven runs on 10 hits in four-plus innings Monday. He allowed six straight hits during one stretch.

Volquez, who will be making his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery, struck out six and walked five while struggling through five innings his last time out against Atlanta on Sunday.

Cincinnati's Joey Votto, who went 0-for-2 with two walks Friday, has an outside shot at winning the National League's first triple crown since Joe Medwick in 1937 and the majors' first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Votto is tied for the NL lead in batting average (.322), is tied for second in homers (27), and is fifth in RBI (73).

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