CINCINNATI (AP) -
got lost on his way to Cincinnati, and the
manager wasn't in the mood to talk as he headed out of town Sunday.
hit a game-ending RBI single off Cubs closer
to complete Cincinnati's three-run ninth inning and give the Reds a 4-3 win.
NL Central-leading Chicago has lost seven of eight and is off Monday before beginning a three-game series at St. Louis on
Piniella's weekend went awry at the start when the former Reds manager and first base coach
got lost driving from Chicago to Cincinnati on Friday. It ended with Piniella canceling his postgame press conference after
his team lost two of three against the lowly Reds.
''No postgame interview,'' director of media relations Peter Chase said. ''He declined.''
started the rally with a leadoff single into center field and hustled to second when the ball got past a charging
walked, Encarnacion was cut down at third when
bunted into a forceout but Wood (4-4) walked pinch-hitter
to load the bases.
followed with a chopper up the middle that glanced off the glove of shortstop
and into short center field for what originally was ruled a two-base error that allowed the tying runs to score. The official
scorer later changed the error to a two-run double.
''That was a tough play - not for me, but for the team,'' said Cedeno, who entered the game in the bottom of the sixth when
started feeling sick. ''I wasn't trying to do too much. I wanted to get at least one. If we get one, we're still ahead and
we can get out of it.''
Cabrera then ripped a single into left field, giving Wood his sixth blown save.
''I was a little rusty,'' said Wood, who hadn't pitched in four days. ''I couldn't throw the ball where I wanted to. Other
than the last one, they didn't hit the ball hard.''
Cincinnati's win sent the large contingent of Cubs fans, who made up the vast majority of the crowds at Great American Ball
Park for the series, home with a bitter taste in their mouths.
''It feels like you're playing in Chicago, so it feels pretty good,'' Cabrera said. ''I think it sends a message to the contending
clubs that, if you're going to play us, you'll have to earn your wins.''
, who managed the Cubs from 2003 through 2006, diplomatically wouldn't comment on whether he took extra pleasure in coming
from behind to beat his former team and win the series.
''What do you think?'' he replied, allowing himself a small smile.
(5-4) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win.
Chicago scored two runs in the seventh to take a 3-1 lead, taking advantage when
to start the inning. Cedeno had a one-out RBI single and pinch-hitter
drove in DeRosa with a sacrifice fly.
, subbing for ailing Cubs ace
, allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Zambrano left Tuesday's start against Houston after five innings because
of a tired arm.
After combining to score 35 runs while splitting the first two games of the weekend series, the teams struggled to put together
any offense against Harang, who went into the game tied with the Cubs'
for second in the major leagues with 31 home runs allowed, and Marshall, whose start was just his sixth of the season in 29
The Reds capitalized on Marshall's control problems to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. After Encarnacion singled with
one out, Marshall hit Bruce with a pitch and walked Hanigan to load the bases for
, who lined out to right fielder
for a sacrifice fly.
The Cubs loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth on consecutive singles by Hoffpauir,
, and Hoffpauir scored on Soto's double-play ball.
Harang lasted seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs.
Notes: Dickerson was scratched from Cincinnati's lineup with a sore left ankle. ... Patterson's bunt single to lead off the
fifth inning was his 10th bunt hit of the season. ...
, who hit three home runs in Chicago's 14-9 win Saturday, hit the first pitch of the game to the warning track in right for