Soler homers twice, Cubs top Reds in 10 innings

Chicago, IL ( – Arismendy Alcantara’s walk-off RBI single in
the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Chicago Cubs to a 7-6 win over the
Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set.

Anthony Rizzo and Chris Coghlan sandwiched walks around a single by Jorge
Soler, who tied the game in the eighth with his second two-run homer of the
game, to load the bases in the 10th.

Manny Parra (0-1), who threw just seven of his 18 pitches for strikes, was
then replaced by Burke Badenhop. Starlin Castro grounded into a forceout at
the plate on his bouncer to short, but Alcantara squirted a grounder through
the middle with the infield in to bring home Rizzo.

The Reds squandered a Joey Votto leadoff double in the top of the 10th. Todd
Frazier rolled one back to Hector Rondon (1-0), who went to third to nab
Votto. Brandon Phillips then lined out to left and Jay Bruce struck out after
a Marlon Byrd single to end the top of the inning.