The game was a reversal of the series opener Monday when the Reds knocked out
and beat the Cubs, 11-3.
On Tuesday afternoon, with the wind blowing out at 24 miles per hour, the Cubs banged out 14 hits, including solo home runs by Sosa, Bellhorn and
Hee Seop Choi
Meanwhile, Estes (1-1) silenced his former teammates with a sharp breaking ball and pinpoint location, getting 13 ground-ball outs and walking just one.
"I don't get extra satisfaction from beating them, but I do get satisfaction from beating a team in our division," Estes said. "I didn't even really take the wind into consideration, but it helped that I had a strong breaking ball today."
Estes retired the first nine batters he faced before walking
to open the fourth. He also hit
with a pitch in that inning, but got
to hit into an inning-ending double play.
"My key inning was the fourth getting Kearns to hit into the double play to get out of the inning and then we came back with five runs," Estes said.
The Reds did not have a hit until
led off the sixth inning with a wind-aided double that sailed over the head of center fielder
By that time, the Cubs had built a 9-0 lead with five runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth off converted reliever
Signed as a free agent in the offseason by the Cubs after flopping with the
New York Mets
and Reds last season, Estes yielded five hits and struck out four.
Last year, Estes was just 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in six starts with the Reds after being acquired in August.
That convinced the Reds not to re-sign him. The decision looked like a good one when they pounded Estes for eight runs - four earned - and eight hits over four innings in a 10-9 win on April 4.
But they saw a different Estes on Tuesday.
"He was just throwing strikes with his fastball and did a good job of keeping the ball down, and that's the key here on a day like this," Stinnett said.
Meanwhile, Graves showed the effects of a pitcher making the transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation. After throwing three scoreless innings, Graves surrendered nine runs - six earned - and nine hits over the next two innings.
"First three innings went well and things went downhill from there," Graves said. "It seemed like everything I threw up the last few innings they were hitting, and hitting them pretty well."
Sosa, who hit his 500th career home run at Cincinnati on April 4, led off the fourth with his second home run of the season, launching a 2-2 pitch over the right center field wall.
"I hit it but I didn't think I had hit it quite enough to go out," Sosa said.
"He (Sosa) hit it straight up and the wind carried it out," Graves said. "By his reaction, I don't think he thought it was a home run either, but that's Wrigley Field."
Graves then gave up a single to Troy O'Leary, a walk to Choi and a single to
to load the bases and Bellhorn followed with a two-run single, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Martinez scored the fourth run of the inning when left fielder
's fly ball and
drove in Bellhorn with a double over Dunn's head.
The Cubs picked up where they left off in the fifth. Choi led off with a single and scored all the way from first on a double by Martinez. Patterson delivered a two-out, RBI single and, after
reached safely on a throwing error by third baseman
, Sosa capped the inning with a two-run double.
Choi led off the sixth with a home run off reliever
, his second of the season.
"I think I get lucky," Choi said through an interpreter. "I think he (Manzanillo) made a mistake. He wanted to throw inside but it went middle and it felt good."
One out later, Bellhorn hit his first home run of the season.
The Reds scored their lone run in the seventh when
singled, took second on fielder's indifference, moved to third on a deep flyout to center by Kearns and came home on a grounder to second by Dunn.