Alfonso Soriano can't snare a Joey Votto fly, which went for an RBI double in the eighth. (AP)
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Ted Lilly was up to the task of keeping the Cubs close despite a dominant performance from Reds starter Johnny Cueto, but the bats never broke through -- collecting just six hits. Lilly's lone mistake, an error in the third inning, led to the decisive run.
a-Grounded out for Cueto in the 8th. b-Struck out for Weathers in the 9th.
BATTING 2B: Votto (5, Guzman, A). HR: Bruce (3, 9th inning off Gregg, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Hairston, J; Votto 2; Cueto 2; Gonzalez, Al; Bruce 5; Phillips 2. RBI: Taveras, W (2), Votto (13), Bruce (8). 2-out RBI: Votto. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, Ra 2; Encarnacion. SAC: Taveras, W. SF: Taveras, W. GIDP: Hairston, J. Team RISP: 1-for-4. Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING SB: Phillips (2, 2nd base off Lilly/Soto, G).