Borbon’s two-out, RBI single in the 14th gives Cubs 6-5 win
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 13, 2013 6:40PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 8:11PM
The Cubs needed 14 innings Thursday to end Cincinnati’s 12-game win streak at Wrigley Field.
The 6-5 victory in 14 innings was the longest game of the year for the Cubs and lasted more than five hours, but salvaged the final game of the four-game series.
The winning run scored when Starlin Castro singled off Jonathan Broxton, stole second and scored on pinch hitter Julio Borbon’s two out single.
Cubs pitchers struck out 19 Reds in the marathon.
The Cubs had chances to win in the ninth and 10th but stranded two runners in each frame. In the ninth, Starlin Castro’s fly ball off J.J. Hoover was held up by a strong 23-mph wind blowing in and fell at the wall for a double.
Jeff Samardzija was on the hook for his second straight loss until the Cubs tied the score at 5-5 in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Darwin Barney.
Samardzija gave up five runs on 10 hits through six innings in his second straight loss. Reds starter Mat Latos also went six innings but held the Cubs to four runs on eight hits, one of them a solo home run by David DeJesus (sixth) in the fifth.
Cubs rightfielder Nate Schierholtz had a pair of triples and scored both times.
Manager Dale Sveum also moved Castro back to the number two spot in the order from seventh.
Castro had a single and stolen base in his first at-bat before his ninth inning double and single in the 14th.
Catcher Welington Castillo had three hits, twice driving in Schierholtz, who also scored the tying run after drawing a walk in the eighth and coming around on Barney’s hit.