has had a busy year. He has been traded from the
, done the shuttle between the minors and majors and battled mononucleosis and dehydration.
He added something else his to his resume Saturday - a go-ahead pinch-hit double in the ninth to lift the Reds to a 7-5 victory
after Cincinnati had squandered a five-run lead.
''That was pretty neat,'' Sutton said. ''I don't really know what to say about it. Coming off the bench is not something you
get to work a whole lot on in the minors, so it's been a little bit of a challenge doing it up here.''
Sutton's two-out liner into the right field corner came after Cubs closer
(2-3) walked two straight batters.
''You're facing guys like Marmol and just trying to get something straight and over the plate to hit is a challenge enough,''
Sutton added. ''Just being able to come up with a hit like that and drive in a couple of runs in that situation, that was
Marmol's season-long control problems continued. He took over the closer's role Aug. 18 and had converted his last nine save
chances. But pitching Saturday in a non-save situation, he issued his 60th and 61st walks in 67 2-3 innings.
''I don't know,'' Marmol said of his control issues, insisting that he didn't get a call from the umpire on his first walk
''You got to try to get three outs no matter what the situation is. ...The first batter I walked it was right down the middle.
I see it. ... I had a bad day today.''
(1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win.
worked the ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.
The Cubs made three infield errors in the third inning, helping the Reds score twice en route to a 5-0 lead after four innings.
''They helped us early. It was a sloppy game early and that's uncharacteristic of the Cubs because usually their defense,
especially their infield defense, is pretty good,'' Reds manager
''But, we'll take it big time and we still left some runners out there.''
Chicago scored three in the sixth off starter
and tied the game in the seventh on
's two-out, two-run, bases-loaded double off
tried to score from first on Soto's drive to the center field wall but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from shortstop
Cueto gave up four hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. He was driven out in the sixth after an RBI single by Ramirez and
a run-scoring double by Soto.
had a sacrifice fly off reliever
Daniel Ray Herrera
Chicago first baseman
, third baseman Ramirez and shortstop
all made errors in the third.
hit a leadoff single before Lee fumbled Cueto's bunt for an error, putting runners at first and second.
hit a grounder to Ramirez, he attempted to start a double play but his throw to second hit Miller in the helmet for another
error. The ball ricocheted into the stands, and umpire Joe West awarded home to Miller, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead and putting
runners at second and third.
''We didn't play very well early in the game. A couple of freak plays. The ball that hit the catcher in the helmet and bounced
out of the ball park,'' Cubs manager
''I've never seen that one before.''
Cueto was thrown out at the plate on a grounder to Theriot. But moments later, Theriot dropped Lee's throw for Chicago's third
error of the inning, loading the bases.
then delivered an RBI single.
The Reds added three more runs in the fourth.
singled, Cueto bunted him to second, Stubbs beat out a single to deep short and
hit an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
followed with another run-scoring single off Lee's glove at first and
drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-0 and finish starter
Wells gave up six hits and five runs - three earned - in 3 2-3 innings.
Notes: Rhodes appeared in his 777th career game, tying him with
for 46th on baseball's career list.