CHICAGO – It took the Chicago Cubs 14 innings before they finally found a way to win at home against Cincinnati.
Pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled home the winning run with two outs in the 14th and Chicago beat the Reds 6-5 Thursday to end Cincinnati’s record 12-game winning streak at Wrigley Field.
I was ready from probably the ninth inning on, probably even a little earlier, just trying to get that opportunity to go up there and help in any way possible, Borbon said. It feels pretty good.
The Cubs hadn’t beaten Cincinnati at Wrigley since last Aug. 9. With the win, Chicago avoided a four-game sweep.
Hector Rondon (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory and Chicago’s bullpen finished with 13 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in a game that lasted 5 hours, 7 minutes.
David DeJesus homered and Nate Schierholtz became the first player this season to hit two triples in a game for the Cubs, who had lost eight of 10 to fall a season-high 13 games below .500. They scored at least five runs for the first time since June 5.
I think we needed that win today, Rondon said.
Jonathan Broxton (2-2) took the loss in the longest game for both teams this season.
The previous record for consecutive victories by a visitor at Wrigley Field was 10, by the St. Louis Cardinals (1943-44) and matched by the New York Giants (1950-51) and Montreal Expos (1982-83).
Chicago had lost 25 of 31 to the Reds dating to Sept. 13, 2011.
CARDINALS 2, METS 1: In New York, Adam Wainwright became the major leagues’ first 10-game winner by pitching seven scoreless innings and sent Matt Harvey to his first loss, leading St. Louis.
Wainwright (10-3) gave up four hits with six strikeouts.
NATIONALS 5, ROCKIES 4: In Denver, Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs, Ian Desmond got four hits and Washington beat depleted Colorado.
Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler were injured early and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left for an undisclosed reason in the eighth. Reliever Wilton Lopez and pitching coach Jim Wright were ejected in the seventh.
GIANTS 10, PIRATES 0: In Pittsburgh, Matt Cain allowed two hits over 6 2/3 innings to lead San Francisco.
ROYALS 10, RAYS 1: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Elliot Johnson had a three three-run homer for his second hit of an eight-run sixth inning, leading surging Kansas City.
BLUE JAYS 3, RANGERS 1: In Arlington, Texas, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning to lift Toronto.