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Lilly, Lee lead Cubs over Reds 5-2

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[September 14, 2009]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Ted Lilly pitched six scoreless innings and Derrek Lee homered and singled twice Sunday, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

RestaurantAndres Blanco had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who won the season series 10-5. They are 41-25 against NL Central opponents, 32-43 in games outside the division.

The Reds were officially eliminated from the NL Central race. They were 26-20 and 1 1/2 games out of first place on May 28 but are 38-58 since and have fallen 19 1/2 behind St. Louis. The Reds took the Central title in 1995, the first year of three-division play, but haven't won it since.

Lilly (12-8) allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven in winning his seventh consecutive home decision. The Reds had runners in scoring position in five of his six innings, but he worked out of trouble each time.


The left-hander has 44 victories since joining the Cubs before the 2007 season, the most of any NL pitcher during that span. Lilly is 8-1 with a 1.60 ERA in 12 starts at Wrigley Field this season and has a 1.37 ERA since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 17.

Cincinnati avoided being shut out on Drew Stubbs' two-run, ninth-inning single off John Grabow.

Homer Bailey (5-5) allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings, losing after a four-start stretch in which he went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA.

All the runs against him came in the fourth. Lee and Aramis Ramirez opened the inning with singles. After Micah Hoffpauir walked and Jeff Baker struck out, Koyie Hill lined an RBI single. Blanco followed with a soft single to right, scoring Ramirez and Hoffpauir.

The hits by Lee, Hill and Blanco all came on 0-2 pitches.

Lee made it 4-0 with a homer off Jared Burton in the seventh, his 32nd of the season. In 100 games since May 16, Lee is batting .330 with 29 home runs and 82 RBIs.

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Bobby Scales had an RBI groundout in the eighth.

NOTES: Cubs manager Lou Piniella said the No. 5 spot in the batting order is "what we need to solve more than anything else." RF Milton Bradley, signed for $30 million last offseason, has only 39 RBIs. He went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts Sunday, completing a 1-for-13 series in which he fanned six times and stranded 12 baserunners. After drawing a team-high 66 walks through August, he hasn't had one in September. ... It was the last assignment at Wrigley for Dayton Daily News sportswriter Hal McCoy, a Hall of Famer who has covered the Reds for 37 years and is retiring after the season. The Cubs gave him a No. 37 panel from the center-field scoreboard.

[Associated Press]

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