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.