Cubs fight for 6-4 victory over Reds in 12 innings

 

Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Cubs put up a fight Thursday before rallying for a 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in 12 innings.

Luis Valbuena snapped a 4-4 tie and 0-for-12 slump with a triple off the outstretched glove of Skip Schumaker in right field to score two runs with two out in the 12th.

After the Cubs' dugout took exception to three pitches that sailed near heads of their batters by closer Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth inning, first baseman Anthony Rizzo walked toward the Reds' dugout, prompting a bench-clearing incident in which no players were ejected.

Rizzo and Chris Coghlan were seen on camera yelling at Chapman from the dugout after Chapman nearly drilled John Baker. After the benches emptied, Chapman had to be restrained by pitcher Johnny Cueto and a member of the Reds' staff.

After allowing three runs in the bottom of the first, rookie Kyle Hendricks settled down and allowed the Cubs to rally.

Starlin Castro snapped a 2-for-24 slump by hitting a single to score rookie Arismendy Alcantara in the eighth with the tying run.

Pedro Strop loaded the bases after two outs and had a 3-0 count on Chris Heisey before striking him out to end the eighth.

Hendricks threw eight balls to the first two batters before settling down. After the first, Hendricks allowed only two hits and finished with six innings of five-hit ball. Hendricks relied on his off-speed pitches more effectively and finished with seven strikeouts.

After allowing a home run to Ryan Ludwick in the third, Hendricks retired eight consecutive batters. With runners at first and second with two out, manager Rick Renteria visited the mound but allowed Hendricks to face formidable Jay Bruce.

Hendricks struck out Bruce to end the threat on his 95th pitch.

Alcantara hit a two-run double down the left-field line for his first major league hit with two out in the fifth to cut the Reds' lead to one. Alcantara also hit a sacrifice fly in the third.

Hendricks allowed an RBI double to Brayan Pena and consecutive RBI singles to Ryan Ludwick and Ramon Santiago.

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