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Four Home Runs Power Cincinnati Reds Past Chicago Cubs 12-2

June 12th, 2013 at 1:29 PM
By Cody Dalga

A day after Brandon Phillips put on a one-man show, the Cincinnati Reds offense exploded for 12 runs on 16 hits including four home runs in a 12-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. 

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Tony Cingrani, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Louisville, got the start for the Reds and went seven innings allowing only four hits and two earned runs. He also struck out five batters.

"I know everybody made a big deal out of the whole 'Cueto vs. me' thing, but it was over the day I left Cincinnati," Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza said. "Today was go out there and try to put up the best I can and give my team a chance to win, and definitely that didn't happen."

The offense gave him an early lead with a run in the second and two more runs in the third. The first of the homers came from Todd Frazier in the second inning. It was his seventh home run of the year. Joey Votto had a two-run bomb, his eleventh if the year, in the third that extended the lead to 3-0. 

The Cubs scored a run in the fourth off of a sacrifice fly, but a little over an inning later the Reds blew the game open. 

In the sixth, Joey Votto led off a single and reached third on an error and Phillips walked. Jay Bruce scored both runners with his 20th double of the year. After Todd Frazier was hit-by-pitch, Xavier Paul took the first pitch and smacked it into left field for the three-run homerun. Four batters later, Zack Cozart had an RBI single. After the dust settled, the Reds had scored six runs and extended their lead to 9-1. 

"For some reason, we do like playing here in Chicago," said Todd Frazier, who hit his first home run since April 24 on Tuesday. "Like we're happy-go-lucky here. It's pretty fun. It gets us back on that winning track. We've got two more to go, and we're trying to get that sweep for sure."

Cody Ransom hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning for the Cubs. The Reds added three more runs in the eighth inning including a home run by Cozart. 
Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, MLB, todd frazier, Tony Cingrani, zack cozart

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