Reds 4, Cubs 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (5-10) was working on a three-hitter when he allowed a leadoff homer to Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs in the eighth inning. Stubbs had just two hits in his previous 39 at-bats. Wells allowed three runs - all earned - on five hits in seven-plus innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked two.

Goat: Koyie Hill went 0-for-3 and was called out on strikes in the ninth inning, dropping his average to .189. Since June 30, Hill has just one hit in his last 26 at-bats (.038).

Key Play: The Cubs were trailing 4-2 with one out in the ninth and had the bases loaded, but Derrek Lee was struck out by Nick Masset in a situation where he had to make contact.

Comments: The Reds tacked on what proved to be a key insurance run in the top of the ninth after second baseman Blake DeWitt dropped a popup to set the stage for a two-out RBI single by Stubbs. It was the 72nd unearned run allowed by the Cubs this season.

The Cubs did not get a hit during their two-run ninth inning rally. The runs scored courtesy of four walks (three of them issued by Francisco Cordero) and a hit batsman. It fell short when Masset escaped the bases loaded jam by striking out Marlon Byrd. it was the Cubs' major league worst 26th one-run loss of the season.

Next: The Cubs (47-63), who have lost nine of their last 10 and are a season-low 16 games below .500, send Thomas Diamond (0-1, 4.50) to the mound Sunday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.) against Cincinnati (63-48) rookie right-hander Travis Wood (2-1, 2.42).

Diamond struck out 10 in his major league debut, against Milwaukee, on Tuesday. Wood is coming off his second scoreless starts, allowing Pittsburgh just two hits over seven innings Monday. Wood has worked at least five innings in each of his last five starts and has posted a 1.91 ERA over that span. In his big league debut, against the Cubs, at Wrigley Field on July 1, Wood allowed just two runs on two hits over seven innings but did not figure in the decision.

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