Rondon, Cubs collapse in ninth inning, fall to Reds

Rondon, Cubs collapse in ninth inning, fall to Reds
June 23, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam with two outs in Cincinnati's five-run ninth inning, leading the Reds to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

Mesoraco went deep for the fourth straight game, driving a 1-0 pitch from Hector Rondon (1-2) into the basket in left-center for his 13th homer. It was Mesoraco's second grand slam of the season and No. 3 of his career.

Billy Hamilton had a tiebreaking RBI single earlier in the inning as Cincinnati won for the sixth time in seven games to move above .500 for the first time this season at 38-37. The winning sequence started when Chris Heisey reached on a pinch-hit single with two outs and no one on base, snapping an 0-for-16 rut.

It was the first homer allowed by Rondon since last Aug. 3.

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