CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 25: Starter Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 25, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Final: Reds 4 Cubs 1 Boxscore
Mat Latos was excellent over 7 innings of one run baseball, Jay Bruce delivered two RBI 2B, and the Reds broke open a 1-1 game with 3 runs in the 6th on the way to a 4-1 win.
*Reds had to have that one...could not not lose series and lose another game to Milw.
*Reds back above .500 (39-38)...have won 10 of 14.
*Reds have won 19 of last 22 at Wrigley.
*Reds win another series/4 in a row: 2 of 3 Milwaukee, Piitsburgh, Toronto, Chicago.
*Reds stay 7.5 back Milwaukee (W), move ahead Pirates (L) into 3rd.
*Reds have scored 1st in 12 of their last 14 games.
*Reds have scored in 1st inning of 10 of last 14 games.
*Bruce 2 RBI 2B.
*5 doubles: 2 Bruce, 2 Schumaker, 1 Votto.
*2 hits: Bruce, Schumaker.
*Reds have 5 players on base twice.
*2 BB: Votto, Cozart......Zack's 1st two walk game of season.
*1st time Cozart has drawn 2 walks in a game in 195 games. Last time: May 4, 2013 vs Cubs. Only time last season.
*3rd time in 372 career games Cozart has drawn 2 walks in a game. 0 in '11, 1x each season in '12-13-14.
*Bruce 8 RBI last 7 games, had 8 RBI in previous 33 games.
*Reds have scored 3 or more runs in inning 12 times in last 14 games......2 or more runs 20 times last 14 games.
*Reds executed 1st successful squeeze of year.
*Billy Hamilton hit streaks ends at 12 games.
*Devin Mesoraco HR streak ends 5 games.
*Hesiey 0 for 4......now 19 for 97 as a starter this year (.196).
*Since going 3 for 6 on May 19 vs Nats, Heisey has 36 AB in last 34 games, including
7 starts in that span.
*From Jeff: Bryan Price did Heisey no favors in the Cub series. Heisey hits .500 off Samardzija but sat in favor of Ludwick who hits .167 off him. So Hesiey gets the starts against Jackson who he is hitting .091 against.
*No Brandon Phillips 3rd straight game (heel). In original lineup, then scratched.
*Reds have played 2 position players short for the last 3 games, w/o Phillips and carrying 13 pitchers. That can't continue on the trip.
*21st time Reds pitching has allowed 1 run or less.
*Reds 18-9 when Skip Schumaker starts: .234 BA, .259 OBP.
*Mat Latos: 7 IN, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 106 pitches/76 strikes.
*Best start, by far, of his 3 since coming off DL.
*Latos 1st win since September 2, 2013 vs St Louis...
Jonathan Broxton, 8th: 1-2-3. ERA drops to 0.71.
Aroldis Chapman, 9th: 14th save....32nd straight appearance with at least one K.
T1: Jay Bruce RBI 2B, 1-0 Reds
B4: Starlin Castro RBI 1B, 1-1
T6: Votto RBI 2B, 2-1 Reds
T6: Bruce RBI 2B, 3-1 Reds
T6: Skip Schumaker squeeze, 4-1 Reds
Next: At San Francisco, 10:15, Thursday. Leake vs Vogelson.
Reds play Wednesday night game, fly to SF and play Thursday night?