CINCINNATI (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run in the 12th inning and the Chicago Cubs avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati with a 6-4 win Thursday.
Highly regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro’s two-out infield single. Valbuena, 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, sent a ball to deep right field off J.J. Hoover (1-6) that Skip Schumaker couldn’t catch up with and was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run. The out call stood after a umpire crew chief request for a replay review to make sure the new rule regarding home plate collisions wasn’t violated.
Blake Parker (1-0) pitched the last two and the Cubs snapped their losing streak at a season-high six games.