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Reds run all over Arrieta, beat Cubs 7-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Arrieta wishes he would've held onto the ball a bit longer.

Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base and the Cincinnati Reds swiped six in all, beating the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Thursday.

The Reds stole six times in the first four innings, using six hits and four walks to build a 6-0 lead against Arrieta (7-5).

All six steals came at second base. Cubs catcher John Baker wasn't able to throw out anyone.

"I was bad at holding the runners. That's my fault," Arrieta said. "I wasn't giving Baker an opportunity to throw them out."

"I've got to vary my times better at holding the ball. They were aggressive on the bases and at the plate. They were able to get good reads and good jumps," he said.

Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each stole twice, and Kristopher Negron added one more.

Cincinnati stole three in a three-run second inning and two in a three-run fourth.

Arrieta had seven good starts and a rain-shortened outing coming into the game, but let the Reds run wild in his four innings.

"Jake actually had good stuff," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "His command wasn't very good. He didn't have his Jake-like command."

Controlling the running game hasn't been a problem for him until today.

"If that was the case, you would've seen it all season," Renteria said."

Cubs rookie Jorge Soler doubled and singled in his second major league game and drove in a run. He homered and singled in his debut on Wednesday.

Dylan Axelrod (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings and struck out eight.

The Cubs managed just two hits against Axelrod. Chicago scored twice in the ninth.

The Cubs made two errors one of which led to an unearned run.

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