Reds 5, Cubs 4 (13): Hits by Bruce, Izturis spark rally

By Joe Kay
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CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce hit a tying double and scored on Cesar Izturis’ two-out single in the 13th inning last night, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the 13th off Alfredo Simon (2-1) for a 4-2 Cubs lead, but Michael Bowden (0-1) couldn’t hold it. He gave up a single by Xavier Paul and a double by Brandon Phillips before Bruce roped a liner to right-center field to tie the score.

Bruce moved to third on a groundout, and Izturis’ single over shortstop Starlin Castro sent the Reds to their seventh victory in eight games on their homestand.

Long games have become the norm in Cincinnati, where the Reds have gone extra innings four times and another game was suspended overnight because of rain. They have played 13 innings three times.

The Cubs have dropped four games in a row and 12 of 15.

The game matched two starters who not long ago went head-to-head for the fifth spot in Cincinnati’s rotation. Both gave up two runs and didn’t figure in the decision.

Chicago left-hander Travis Wood, who was Cincinnati’s second-round draft pick in 2005, couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead in the seventh.

Bruce led off with his first homer of the season, and Chris Heisey singled. Jack Hannahan came off the bench and hit a triple off reliever James Russell — his fifth pinch hit of the season — to tie it.

Wood was traded to the Cubs after the 2011 season, when the Reds chose to keep right-hander Mike Leake at the back of their rotation.

David DeJesus opened the game with a home run on Leake’s third pitch. Castro’s RBI single in the third inning made it 2-0 and gave him a 14-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors.

Shortstop Zack Cozart was back in the lineup after missing one game because of an injured index finger, but another Reds player got injured.Reliever Jonathan Broxton left in the eighth inning after knocking down Nate Schierholtz’s liner up the middle. A trainer examined Broxton’s right hand, and he flexed it several times before leaving the game. X-rays were negative.

The Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo kept getting hit — and getting on base — at a phenomenal pace. Wood hit him in the right arm with a pitch in the sixth. Choo has been hit by pitches 10 times, a Reds record for a month. He has reached base safely in 14 of 18 plate appearances over the past three games.

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