CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning on September 19, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Cubs Vs. Reds: Chicago Swept By Cincinnati Over 3-Game Series

The Cubs couldn't pull off a late rally on Thursday in a Game 3 loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field, 5-3.

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Cincinnati Pulls Off 3-Game Sweep With 5-3 Win Over Chicago

The Chicago Cubs dropped their fourth consecutive game on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field, as the visiting Cincinnati Reds walked away with a 5-3 victory after a late surge in the series finale.

Chicago right-hander Jason Berken was masterful over six innings of work by holding the Reds to just two hits, but curiously gave way to the bullpen after tossing just 86 pitches heading into the seventh. Cubs reliever Manny Corpas was then given the ball in a scoreless tie, and somehow managed to surrender three straight RBI singles before a two-run double to Cincinnati's Henry Rodriguez that blew the game wide open.

Youngsters Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each chipped in two-hit performances from the plate for the Cubs in the loss, while catcher Welington Castillo belted his fifth home run of the season with a solo shot in the eighth. A difficult weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals now lies ahead for Chicago, as the team will hope that Chris Volstad can keep his recent magic going strong on Friday in Game 1.

Head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue for more on the Cubs, and be sure to visit Red Reporter for more Cincinnati baseball coverage. Also check out Baseball Nation for more news and analysis from around the league.

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Reds Manager Dusty Baker Will Stay In Hospital Until Friday

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, hospitalized in downtown Chicago with an irregular heartbeat he felt Wednesday afternoon, will remain in care until Friday, it was reported Thursday.

Baker underwent tests but is still expected to be released Friday, when he'll fly back to Cincinnati. Baker left a lineup card for Thursday's game before being transported to the hospital.

The Reds wrap up a series with the Chicago Cubs Thursday, then go home to host the wild-card contending Los Angeles Dodgers for a weekend series. It remains to be seen if Baker will manage on Friday, but Chris Speier, who is managing the Reds in Baker's absence, says he wouldn't be surprised if Baker is back in the dugout that night.

Said Speier:

"That would be a situation that I’m sure, knowing Dusty, yes he will... But then it’ll be doctor’s orders as to what he’s specifically and probably allowed to do or not to do. This is so premature, I don’t have an answer to that. But if it was Dusty’s decision and he’s OK to go back to Cincinnati, I’m sure he’d want to be managing again (Friday)."

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Reds Vs. Cubs Lineups: Cincinnati Is One Win Away From Postseason

The Chicago Cubs continue to play out the string that is the 2012 baseball season, and hope to keep the Cincinnati Reds from clinching a postseason spot for at least another day.

The Cubs and Reds play their series finale at Wrigley Field Thursday starting at 1:20 p.m. CT. A win for the Reds clinches a Wild Card spot and puts them in the playoffs.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

Cubs

1. David DeJesus CF

2. Darwin Barney 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo 1B

4. Bryan LaHair LF

5. Starlin Castro SS

6. Luis Valbuena 3B

7. Welington Castillo C

8. Dave Sappelt RF

9. Jason Berken RHP

And now, the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds:

1. Xavier Paul LF

2. Miguel Cairo 1B

3. Henry Rodriguez 2B

4. Todd Frazier 3B

5. Chris Heisey RF

6. Denis Phipps CF

7. Ryan Hanigan C

8. Didi Gregorius SS

9. Johnny Cueto RHP

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Reds Vs. Cubs Final Score: Cincinnati Tops Chicago In 11 Innings

The Chicago Cubs dropped the second game of the series to the Cincinnati Reds with a 6-5 loss in 11 innings on Wednesday night. A Drew Stubbs RBI single drove home Brandon Phillips in the top of the 11th, and the Cubs were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning. Phillips reached based thanks to a David DeJesus error, who overran the ball allowing Phillips to reach second. Alberto Cabrera (0-1) picked up the loss for the Cubs.

The Reds took an early lead in the game with a three-run first inning and had a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning when Alfonso Soriano hit his 30th home run of the season to narrow the gap to 5-3. Chicago got one more run in the sixth and one in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5 and had a chance to get the win with the bases loaded in the tenth inning but failed to do so.

The Reds magic number to clinch the NL Central is now three. The Cubs (58-91) need five more wins to avoid hitting 100 losses on the season.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Chicago, Cincinnati Wrap Up Series

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will wrap up their season series on Thursday afternoon. On the mound for the Cubs will be Jason Berken, and he'll be opposed by Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto.

Berken, a Baltimore cast-off acquired by the Cubs in September, will be making his second start for the team. In his first start on Sept. 15 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, Berken allowed two earned runs in four innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked one.

Cueto, meanwhile, will be looking to strengthen his case as the National League's top pitcher. Cueto, though, has been skidding of late, having allowed 14 earned runs over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. In three starts vs. the Cubs this year, Cueto has dominated Chicago, posting a 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings.

Thursday's game will start at 1:20 p.m. and will be broadcast on CSN.

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Chicago Cubs Won't Draw 3 Million In Attendance For 1st Time Since 2003

The 2012 season has been one of the worst in Chicago Cubs history, and that has been reflected in the team's attendance numbers. With nine home games left in the year, the Cubs will fail to surpass 3 million in attendance for the first time since 2003, the year in which the team made a run to the NLCS.

Through Tuesday night, the Cubs have had the 10th highest attendance in baseball, with 2,630,171 fans having visited Wrigley Field in 2012. That's slightly down from the No. 9 position that they held during the 2011 season, which itself was a step down from years prior. The Cubs are averaging 36,029 fans per game this year, down from the 37,528 that they averaged in 2011.

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Cubs Vs. Reds Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Chicago Cubs rookie Chris Rusin gets his fifth career start Wednesday night against the Cincinnati Reds, as the Reds creep closer and closer to clinching their first National League Central Division title since 2010.

Rusin, who will be limited again to about 80 pitches, gave up two earned runs and four hits in five innings in his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. He struck out six in that start, which is a career best to this point.

Through 16 innings as a major leaguer-he made his debut Aug. 21-Rusin has 15 stirkeouts to six walks.

For the Reds, pitcher Mike Leake will start in an ongoing effort to reclaim his season and make a case for Cincinnati's postseason roster. Leake has generally struggled with an ERA of 4.78 through 167 innings, establishing himself as the Reds' fifth starter.

In two starts against the Cubs this season, Leake has pitched 11 2/3 innings, giving up eight earned runs and 16 hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

The Reds' magic number to clinch the NL Central Division is four.

First pitch between the Cubs and the Reds is set for 7:05 p.m. CT on CSN TV in Chicago.

Take a look at Bleed Cubbie Blue for more info on the Cubs. Head over to Red Reporter for more Cincinnati Reds coverage, and check out Baseball Nation for even more news from around the league.

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