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He only pitched two games, but Baker hopes they pay off for a long time.
"That was a long-term deal to help him get his stuff together," Baker said. "He went down there and worked."
Volquez helped the Reds tie the game in the third, following Paul Janish's leadoff single off of Cubs left-hander Doug Davis (0-5) with a sacrifice that set up Drew Stubbs' RBI double.
In the fourth, Jay Bruce led off by grounding a single up the middle and eventually scored on Ramon Hernandez's sacrifice fly.
Volquez helped generate some insurance in the fifth, leading off with a ground single through the hole into left field. Stubbs followed with a single, and Davis walked Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto to force in Cincinnati's third run. Jonny Gomes added a sacrifice fly off reliever Rodrigo Lopez.
Davis, who's lost all five of his starts since being called up on May 14 from Triple-A Iowa, allowed seven hits and four runs -- all earned -- with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings.
"It's a new day, but it seems like everyday is the same because we're losing," Davis said. "I don't know how the guys that play everyday handle it. I've only been out there for two of the eight. If guys are struggling everyday, that must be tougher. We could score more runs, but if I could keep the leadoff hitter off the bases, it would make it easier. Four of the five innings the leadoff hitter was on. It's tough pitching out of the stretch so much."
NOTES: The Reds optioned RHP Daryl Thompson to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Volquez. ... LHP Aroldis Chapman's rehab assignment was switched to Double-Carolina, mainly because of convenience with Louisville on the road. "The competition doesn't matter as much as getting on the mound," manager Dusty Baker said. "Right now, his competition is himself." ... Cubs left fielder Blake DeWitt had three hits for the second consecutive night and third time in his last eight games. Since May 31, he is 13-for-30 (.433), raising his overall average from .239 to .316.
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