After having a two-run lead erased on two separate occasions earlier in the game, Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run single in the top of the 11th inning to give the Reds the lead for good in a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
It looked good early for Cincinnati as they took an early 2-0 lead in the first. Choo led off the game by drawing a walk. After Todd Frazier flied out to center, Joey Votto smacked his 24th double of the year putting runners on second and third. Brandon Phillips, who entered the game with 89 RBI's, added to that total with an run-scoring single. Jay Bruce followed Phillips with an RBI groundout.
Homer Bailey was on the mound for the Reds and pitched relatively well. He did however allow three Chicago home runs. Nate Schierholtz launched a two-run home run in the second to tie the game at two. Dinoer Navarro hit a solo shot in the fourth and Donnie Murphy his a solo homer of his own in the seventh. Bailey's outing lasted six and a third innings. He gave up six hits and four earned runs while striking out five.
Following Murphy's game-tying home run, the Reds relief pitching took over.
Parra retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before J.J Hoover was called to the mound. He struck out Starlin Castro to end the eighth and took down the Cubs in order in the ninth. David Dejesus singled to begin the tenth but Hoover hunkered down and got a pop out and a double play to end the threat.
Hoover's two and a third innings were a career high. He also has a 21 appearance scoreless streak.
After Choo's go ahead two-run single in the top half of the eleventh, Aroldis Chapman entered to try and finish off the Cubs. It took 11 pitches to retire the Cubs in order and record the save.
Cincinnati will go for the three game sweep this afternoon. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:20 ET.
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