- Associated Press - Friday, June 12, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs made some costly physical mistakes in a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, but manager Joe Maddon could blame no one for the defeat.

Eugenio Suarez drove in Todd Frazier with an unearned tie-breaking run in the 10th, and banged-up Cincinnati rebounded for the victory after the Cubs had come back to tie it at 4 in the sixth inning on Starlin Castro’s two-run homer.

Chicago starter Jason Hammel and Addison Russell also had RBIs.

Suarez was playing in his second game after being called up to replace injured shortstop Zack Cozart. He singled on a 3-2 pitch through a drawn-in infield off Hector Rondon (3-1), for his first RBI with the Reds.

Frazier, who reached in the 10th on third baseman Kris Bryant’s throwing error, hit his team-leading 18th homer and drove in a run with a double. Ivan Dejesus Jr. and Brayan Pena also had RBIs in Cincinnati’s three-run first inning.

Until Rondon was tagged with the run in the 10th, the Cubs’ bullpen sparkled. Four relievers - Zac Rosscup, James Russell, Jason Motte and Pedro Strop - pitched four hitless innings while striking out six.

Maddon, who called his bullpen “pretty fabulous again,” wouldn’t finger Rondon, Bryant or anyone in the loss played before an announced crowd of 40,016, the largest this season at Wrigley Field.

Fog rolled in and out of the soggy, chilly ballpark. Combined with a strong wind blowing in from the north, that made some normally routine plays adventurous.

Including possibly Frazier’s grounder to third leading off the 10th that the normally slick-fielding Bryant bobbled, then threw wide of first base.

“The ball might have been more moist than normal I would imagine,” Maddon said. “I’m not concerned about this guy. He files things and he comes back and plays.

“He’s tough on himself in a way that I like.”

Cincinnati’s J.J. Hoover (5-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for the win. Aroldis Chapman struck out two in scoreless 10th for his 13th save in 14 chances

Before his game-winning hit, Suarez tried to bunt - a suicide squeeze - on a 2-1 count. He fouled off the pitch, so he worked the count full and swung away.

“We took one shot at it and it was an up and away fastball,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He did a good job to foul it off. And then came through big time with that base hit on 3-2 to drive in the run.”

Suarez, a 23-year-old former Detroit Tiger playing in just his second National League game, was smiling at the outcome.

“After that I kept my concentration,” he said. “I hit a good slider he threw me and I hit it real good. I felt very, very excited because we won a really good game.”

Reds starter Johnny Cueto was sailing along with a 4-2 lead until Castro tied it with one out in the sixth on drive that cleared the bleachers just inside the left field foul pole. Cueto finished with nine strikeouts and no walks through seven innings, while allowing four runs.

Partly done in by Russell’s game-opening error Hammel labored and allowed four runs - two earned - through five innings before leaving after 103 pitches. He permitted seven hits, struck out four, walked three and hit a batter.

Hammel had been solid in his previous two starts, winning both while allowing a combined three earned runs and striking out 18 in 14 2/3 innings at Miami and Washington.

“Basically, I was out of sync today,” Hammel said. “It cost me a lot of deep counts and I battled for five innings.”

Russell, Chicago’s rookie second baseman, couldn’t handle leadoff man Skip Schumaker’s routine grounder in the first. That set the stage for Cincinnati’s three-run inning when eight men batted.

Dejesus Jr. and Frazier had RBI doubles, and Pena knocked in the third run with a sharp single.

Hamel helped his own cause as the Cubs cut it to 3-2 in the second. His single drove in Chicago’s first run with a single, then scored on Russell’s double.

Frazier’s solo shot leading off the third on an 0-2 pitch made it 4-2.


Reds: CF Billy Hamilton (sore left hand) was back in the lineup and batted ninth after missing three games. He entered the game leading the majors with 25 stolen bases in 29 attempts.

2B and three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips (groin) pinch hit in the eighth after missing three games. He was hurt Tuesday sliding into second base.

Devin Mesoraco, an All-Star catcher last season, will discontinue a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville where he was playing left field - a position the Reds hoped would put less strain on a left hip injury.

Cubs: Maddon said OF Jorge Soler, on the 15-day DL (left ankle sprain), is making progress, although he hasn’t resumed baseball activities.


Cincinnati RHP Mike Leake (3-4, 4.29 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-2, 3.96) on Saturday.

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