Heroes: Carlos Pena (home run) Kosuke Fukudome (double) each contributed three hits and bookended a dramatic two-run ninth inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (2-1) to lead the Cubs (15-17), as Pat Hughes described it, "to their most gratifying victory of the season."
Goat: Tyler Colvin's sophomore struggles continued as he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, lowering his batting average to .121.
Key Plays: Pena led off the bottom of the ninth with his third home run in the last four games to tie the game. With two outs and Blake DeWitt on first, Jeff Baker blasted a long drive to center. Cincinnati's Drew Stubbs was unable to haul it in, but the ball bounced on the warning track and into the bleachers for a ground-rule double. It was a tough break as DeWitt would have scored the winning run easily on the play, but was only permitted to advance two bases. But the next hitter, Fukudome, rolled a single through the middle to end the game. The Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position Saturday prior to Fukudome's game-winner.
Comments: Cubs starter Casey Coleman (6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 SO, 3 BB) had his best showing of the season, but exited with the Cubs leading 1-0 after the first two Reds (17-16) in the seventh reached base. ... Kerry Wood relieved Coleman and allowed both inherited runners to score for his second blown save of the season. Wood, James Russell, and Marcos Mateo (1-1) with three shutout innings, however, were able to increase the Cubs' bullpen's shutout streak to 20 2/3 innings in a span of 10 games. ... A slumping Starlin Castro was given his first day off of the season. ... DeWitt, getting a rare start, homered in the fourth inning off Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (7 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 SO, 2 BB).
Next: The Cubs will try for the series victory Sunday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.) with Ryan Dempster (1-3, 8.05 ERA) opposing Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto. Despite a quality seven-inning effort his last time out, Dempster still has the worst ERA among NL starters. Cueto will be making his season debut after missing the season's first five weeks because of inflammation in his pitching shoulder.