Cubs 4, Reds 3

The Chicago Cubs are really rolling now. Even little Tony

Campana has a homer, and manager Mike Quade called it before the

game.

Campana drove in a pair of runs with an inside-the-park homer

and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Friday for their sixth

consecutive victory.

”It was fun,” he said. ”Got out there and had a chance to

play. Every time I get out there, I just try to make things

exciting. I think I did that today.”

It was the first major league homer for the 5-foot-8, 165-pound

Campana, who also singled, doubled and made a nice catch in center

field. Campana became the first Cub to hit an inside-the-park shot

at Wrigley Field for his first homer.

It also came shortly after Quade, while discussing Chicago’s

recent power surge before the game, predicted Campana would get one

against the Reds.

”As soon as it happened, I looked at (bench coach) Pat

(Listach) and said, `You’re not going to believe this,”’ Quade

said.

”What a day (Campana) had, huh? Little son of a gun got off the

plane – I don’t even know if he slept – and did one heck of a

job.”

Ryan Dempster (9-8) struggled with his control, matching his

season high with six walks, but held the Reds to two runs and four

hits in six innings.

”It was all right,” Dempster said. ”I felt like I battled

good. One minute I felt like I could throw the ball where I want,

the next I was hoping to hit somewhere around the plate.”

Carlos Marmol worked the ninth for his 24th save in 31 chances

and third in as many days. He is 5 for 5 since he returned to the

closer role after being temporarily removed from the back end of

games because of control problems.

”He wanted in bad,” Quade said. ”He’s been though his

struggles. He’s pitching well and I think he had something to prove

here at home. When my closer comes to me and tells me that, he’s

in.”

Ramon Hernandez homered for Cincinnati, which has lost three of

four since a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants. Brandon

Phillips and rookie Yonder Alonso each had two hits, but the Reds

picked up their 26th one-run loss of the season, most in the

majors.

”Seems like we can’t get the big hit when we need a clutch

hit,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Reds starter Mike Leake (9-7) allowed three runs and six hits in

six innings. He also had an RBI single in Cincinnati’s two-run

fourth that trimmed Chicago’s lead to 3-2.

”I was missing some spots early, but then I locked in a little

bit,” Leake said.

The Cubs jumped on Leake in the first. Starlin Castro hit a

leadoff single and Campana followed with a slicing drive that

landed inside the left-field line, bounced off the brick wall in

foul territory and rolled past stumbling left fielder Alonso.

Campana, among the fastest players in baseball, zipped around

the bases and scored standing up before the Reds could even return

the ball to the infield, electrifying the crowd while some fans

were still looking for their seats.

”I hit the ball and the first thing I thought is that the third

baseman is going to catch it,” Campana said. ”Then it got behind

and I thought, `OK, that’s a double.’ Then saw the guy hit the wall

and I thought I had a chance to get all the way around.”

It was the Cubs’ first inside-the-park homer at Wrigley Field

since Sammy Sosa accomplished the feat against the Pirates on Oct.

6, 2001.

Campana, who is from Kettering, Ohio, and played college ball at

the University of Cincinnati, never homered in 1,308 plate

appearances in the minor leagues, though he said he did have an

inside-the-parker in a Double-A playoff game last season.

”I always a hard time from guys in the minors saying no way I’m

ever going to hit a home run,” Campana said. ”It was an

inside-the-parker, so I guess so far they’re right.”

Colvin added his fourth homer in the second inning, a drive into

the right-field bleachers. It was his fourth career homer off

Leake.

”It’s just one of those things,” Colvin said. ”I’ve been

fortunate enough to get pitches I should hit off of him and that’s

pretty much it.”

Castro also singled in the second and eighth, upping his NL-best

hit total to 146.

Hernandez struck out to leave the bases loaded in the first, but

the Reds rallied with two out in the fourth. With runners on first

and second, Leake hit a shallow fly to center. Campana raced in and

made a diving attempt, but the ball popped out of his glove when he

struck the ground, allowing Alonso to score. Frazier then scored on

a wild pitch.

”It was in my glove,” Campana said of his near-miss. ”I blame

my glove.”

Campana got another chance in the seventh and hauled in

Phillips’ deep drive to center just left of the 400-foot sign.

”When he first hit it, I thought it was gone,” Campana said.

”So I just turned my back and started running and peeked up said,

`I think I’m going to have a shot at it.”’

Carlos Pena added a sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but

Hernandez connected against Kerry Wood in the eighth. Hernandez’s

11th homer cut Chicago’s lead to 4-3.

But the day belonged to the baby-faced Campana.

”He’s been a real good addition off the bench for sure,” Quade

said. ”Helped us win a lot of games.”

NOTES: Reds OF Chris Heisey was held out of the lineup for the

second straight game after injuring his left oblique during batting

practice in Houston on Wednesday. He was used as a pinch-runner in

the eighth inning. Baker said Heisey was to be examined by team

doctor Timothy Kremchek in Chicago on Friday. … Baker said SS

Zack Cozart reported he was feeling better and was slated to take

batting practice before the game. Cozart has been on the disabled

list since July 24 with a hyperextended left elbow. … Quade said

he’s leaning toward giving Rodrigo Lopez another start when his

turn in the rotation comes up again. Lopez has allowed 12 runs in 8

1-3 innings over his last two starts. … Johnny Cueto will pitch

for the Reds on Saturday against Carlos Zambrano. Cueto (7-4, 1.72

ERA) needs to throw at least 3 1-3 innings to qualify for the

league ERA lead, which he held earlier this week before falling shy

of the required one inning pitched per team game played. San

Francisco’s Ryan Vogelsong currently leads the National League with

a 2.19 ERA. Zambrano will be going for his 17th career win against

Cincinnati. . After starting the season 25-17, the defending NL

Central champion Reds are just 29-41. . Carmen Mauro was the last

Cub whose first big league homer was of the inside-the-park

variety. He did at St. Louis on Oct. 3, 1948. Mauro hit only one

other big league homer. . Cincinnati’s Joey Votto walked twice, but

his nine-game hitting streak came to an end.