Castillo’s RBI double in 10th gives Cubs 5-4 win over Reds
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org May 26, 2013 4:35PM
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 26: Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at Great American Ball Park on May 26, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Updated: May 26, 2013 4:39PM
CINCINNATI – Welington Castillo doubled with two out in the 10th inning to drive home Scott Hairston from first as the Cubs came from behind to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Sunday and snap their six-game losing streak.
Hairston, who entered the game on a double switch in the bottom of the ninth, walked just ahead of Castillo.
Closer Kevin Gregg (1-0) recorded the final four outs to earn the win.
The win didn’t come without a potential loss as reliever Kyuji Fujikawa could be facing a second stint on the disabled list already after leaving the mound with the trainer following a two-out walk to Joey Votto in the ninth.
Fujikawa shook his arm, apparently in discomfort, more than once during the Votto at-bat, including after the final pitch. He returned from the DL May 10 after four weeks sidelined with a forearm strain.
Cubs right-hander Matt Garza looked strong – if inefficient – for the first three innings of his second start back from the disabled list, striking out six but using 62 pitches through three.
But the wheels came off in a four-run fourth that started with a one-out homer by Jay Bruce, followed by a hit batter, walk, RBI single, intentional walk and two-run double.
Garza got the final out but needed 92 pitches to get through four and was replaced by Rafael Dolis to start the fifth.
Despite the early hole, the Cubs bullpen held through four shift changes as the lineup got one back in the seventh on a two-out run-scoring single by Luis Valbuena, then rallied for three more in the eighth after two were out with nobody on.
Starlin Castro singled to center, and Anthony Rizzo followed with an RBI double to right to make it 4-2. And Alfonso Soriano then tied it with a home run to center.
The Cubs looked like they might take the lead in the top of the ninth when Darwin Barney led off with a double. But he got only as far as third, on a one-out grounder to the right side, before Castro struck out on a half-swing at a high, 94-mph fastball from J.J. Hoover.