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Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 1:01 AM EDT
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Cincinnati Reds
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11 11 0
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3 11 3
W Anderson (1-1)
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CINCINNATI 11, CHICAGO CUBS 3
 

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Jason LaRue and the Cincinnati Reds did just enough against Mark Prior , then feasted on the bullpen of the Chicago Cubs .

LaRue doubled three times off Prior and Sean Casey also had three hits as the Reds posted an 11-3 victory over the Cubs.

Prior (2-1) came in with a 0.60 ERA after his first career shutout, Wednesday's four-hitter against Montreal. He was trying to become the first Cub to toss back-to-back shutouts since Steve Trout in 1987.

"Hard to believe, so it feels pretty good," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "You are always trying to get runs, so it's more of a coincidence, but our guys played with a lot of heart."

The bid ended in the second inning, when Cincinnati took a 2-0 lead. Adam Dunn walked in front of a double by LaRue and scored on a wild pitch. Reggie Taylor plated LaRue with a squeeze bunt.

LaRue doubled to lead off the fifth and Brandon Larson reached when Prior threw away his slow chopper for an error. Felipe Lopez drove in a pair of runs with a single.

"If I don't throw that ball away, we're probably still in the game," Prior said. "So even though I didn't pitch awful, it really doesn't matter when you do stupid stuff like that. I just didn't keep my team in the ballgame."

Prior allowed five runs - three earned - and five hits in six innings. He had given up just one run in his first 15 innings.

LaRue matched a career high with his three hits and scored a pair of runs.

"I was just trying to get good wood on the ball and make some solid contact because he is such a good pitcher," LaRue said.

Cincinnati added four runs in the seventh and Jose Guillen 's two-run homer in the eighth turned the game into a rout.

Reds starter Jimmy Anderson (1-1) got his first win, despite yielding three runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings. John Riedling allowed just one hit over the final three innings for his first save since April 5, 2001.

Anderson pitched around a pair of hits in the second inning before Mark Bellhorn 's sacrifice fly in the fourth finally got Chicago on the board.

But Bellhorn's RBI double in the sixth inning chased Anderson in favor of Kent Mercker , who struck out Corey Patterson with runners on second and third and none out. Scott Sullivan fanned Damian Miller before issuing an intentional walk to pinch hitter Troy O'Leary. Mark Grudzielanek grounded out to end the threat.

"Right from the start, our guys got good at-bats, which was great and then our bullpen came in and saved me," Anderson said.

Juan Cruz came on for Prior and issued a walk to Larson before pinch hitter Guillen singled. Lopez sacrificed, but Cruz committed an error that allowed Larson to score as Lopez reached.

Aaron Boone struck out before Casey came through with a two-run single for an 8-3 cushion. Dunn later added an RBI single off Mike Remlinger .

"Wasn't a very good night by us," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "Frankly, we looked more like the Cubs of last year, which hasn't happened to us very often this season. We're just going to have to work a little harder. Overall, we didn't play any of the game tonight very well."

Cincinnati picked up its first win by more than one run.

"Doesn't matter, home or on the road, we hadn't had a laugher yet," Bob Boone said.


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