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Dempster blows ninth save
Reds 3, Cubs 2
Buck Coats watches his solo homer off Aaron Harang in the eighth inning. (David Kohl/AP)
Aramis Ramirez set a career high with his 37th home run, and Buck Coats put Chicago ahead with his first career homer, but closer Ryan Dempster blew his ninth save of the season as the Cubs fell to the Reds. Starter Juan Mateo went five innings and held Cincinnati to one run in the loss.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 24, 2006
CHC
Chi Cubs (63-93)
Lost 1
Cincinnati 3, Chi Cubs 2   CIN
Cincinnati (76-79)
Won 1
September 24, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0   2 6 0
Cincinnati
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2   3 9 1
Standings thru 9/24/06  |  Gameday  |  Cubs Stats  |  Reds Stats
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pierre, CF4010000.290
Bynum, 2B4010011.254
  Dempster, P0000000.000
  Eyre, P0000000.000
Ramirez, 3B4111002.290
Murton, LF4000012.294
Moore, 1B3000010.280
  Howry, P00000001.000
  b-Theriot, PH-2B1010000.336
Blanco, C4010020.260
Coats, RF4111003.176
Cedeno, SS3000031.245
Mateo, P2000011.000
  Wuertz, P0000000.000
  Ohman, P00000001.000
  a-Mabry, PH-1B1000000.211
Totals342620910 

a-Popped out for Ohman in the 8th. b-Singled for Howry in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Ramirez (37, 4th inning off Harang, 0 on, 1 out), Coats (1, 8th inning off Harang, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Pierre; Bynum; Ramirez 4; Theriot; Blanco; Coats 4.
RBI: Ramirez (114), Coats (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murton; Coats 2.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bynum (8, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue), Pierre (56, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue).

 
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denorfia, CF4120100.256
Hatteberg, 1B2010311.288
Aurilia, SS4000104.296
Dunn, LF1000012.239
  Wise, LF3010001.219
  c-Clayton, PH1011000.258
Encarnacion, 3B4120002.287
Phillips, 2B4010012.281
Hopper, RF4001023.267
LaRue, C2000110.187
  a-Hollandsworth, PH1010000.249
  1-Olmedo, PR0100000.216
Harang, P3000032.114
  b-Castro, PH1000011.245
Totals3439261018 

a-Doubled for LaRue in the 9th. b-Struck out for Harang in the 9th. c-Singled for Wise in the 9th.
1-Ran for Hollandsworth in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Hollandsworth (17, Dempster).
TB: Denorfia 2; Hatteberg; Wise; Clayton; Encarnacion 2; Phillips; Hollandsworth 2.
RBI: Hopper (5), Clayton (39).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Encarnacion; Harang; Hopper.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Hatteberg (4, fielding).

 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mateo 5.03114404.09
Wuertz 1.20001202.63
Ohman 0.10000104.22
Howry (H, 21)1.02000203.18
Dempster (BS, 9)(L, 1-9)0.13221105.00
Eyre 0.01000002.85
 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Harang (W, 15-11)9.06220923.83

WP: Dempster 2.
IBB: LaRue (by Mateo), Aurilia (by Dempster).
Pitches-strikes: Mateo 86-46, Wuertz 22-14, Ohman 5-3, Howry 16-14, Dempster 24-11, Eyre 11-8, Harang 110-87.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mateo 6-5, Wuertz 2-1, Ohman 0-0, Howry 0-1, Dempster 0-0, Eyre 0-0, Harang 8-10.
Batters faced: Mateo 22, Wuertz 6, Ohman 1, Howry 5, Dempster 5, Eyre 1, Harang 34.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 1-0, Eyre 3-1.
EjectionsCincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Dunn ejected by HP umpire Jeff Nelson. (1st).
Umpires: HP: Jeff Nelson. 1B: Adam Dowdy. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Tim Timmons.
Weather: 69 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, R to L.
T: 2:38.
Att: 22,226.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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