Cubs bullpen implodes as Reds walk off winners

Cubs bullpen implodes as Reds walk off winners
July 8, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Associated Press

Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) Jay Bruce homered in the opener, and then helped the Cincinnati Reds pull off their biggest comeback of the season for a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, 4-2 and 6-5 over the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds overcame a 5-0 deficit in the second game, sending Chicago to its fifth straight loss.

Bruce doubled home the tying run in the eighth. Billy Hamilton then had a broken-bat RBI single in the ninth off Hector Rondon (1-3) for the Reds' first doubleheader sweep since 2009 against Pittsburgh.

The Cubs have been swept in all three of their doubleheaders this season. They haven't won a game since trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a package of prospects.

In the opener, Bruce returned to right field and hit another two-run homer, connecting off Travis Wood (7-7) during a three-run first inning.

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Johnny Cueto (9-6) extended his stretch of success against the Cubs. He is 5-0 in his last seven starts against Chicago with a 1.19 ERA.

Chris Coghlan homered in both games and helped the Cubs get in position for a split, but Chicago's bullpen couldn't hold on.

Coghlan hit the first of three homers off left-hander David Holmberg, who lasted only 2 2-3 innings in his Reds debut. Coghlan is 7 for 12 in the series with two homers and two doubles.

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada made his major league debut and gave up an unearned run in five innings, leaving with a 5-1 lead. Hamilton's RBI triple cut it to 5-4 in the seventh, and Bruce - playing first base in the nightcap - had another pivotal extra-base hit against Pedro Strop.

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