Cubs rally falls short, lose to Reds 6-5
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com May 3, 2013 5:00PM
Chicago Cubs Carlos Villanueva reacts to striking out during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, May 3, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media
The Cincinnati Reds had only three road victories before Friday, but they made themselves at home at Wrigley Field with a 6-5 victory over the Cubs.
The Reds are 12-4 at home but won only their fourth road game in defeating the Cubs, who made it close in the ninth but fell one run short.
The Reds scored a run in the first off starter Carlos Villanueva (1-2) and never trailed, adding a run in the second and two more in the sixth off the Cubs right-hander. They scored once in the seventh off reliever Michael Bowden without getting a hit, drawing two walks and a hit batter. The run scored on a ground out.
They scored again in the eighth with two outs when Shin-Soo Choo doubled and scored on Zack Cozart’s single.
The Cubs scored twice in the sixth when Alfonso Soriano singled home Anthony Rizzo. Nate Schierholtz then singled to score Soriano.They added runs in the ninth after loading the bases before pinch hitter Scott Hairston drew a walk from Aroldis Chapman, forcing in a run. Welington Castro’s single drove in two more. Pinch hitter Cody Ransom drew a walk to again load the bases.
Reliever J.J. Hoover (first save) replaced Chapman and struck out Darwin Barney to end the game.
The Cubs had 15 hits, including nine off starter Mike Leake (2-1) but stranded 12 men in falling to 11-18 overall.