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Reds' magic number drops to three with extra inning win

Reds battle back to beat the Cubs in 11


The Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs with a run in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on the road.

The win reduced the team's magic number to three.

After achieving a 5-1 lead in the first 5 innings at Wrigley field, the Reds let the Cubs come back with 3 runs in the 6th inning, and another in another in the 8th that tied the game at 5 runs each.

With two out at the top of the 11th, Brandon Phillips reached 2nd base on a fielding error by Cubs' right field David DeJesus.  Drew Stubbs hit a line drive single to left, scoring Phillips and earning the game-winning RBI.  The Reds went on to load the bases, but were held to the single run, which proved to be enough.

Starter Mike Leake was strong through 5 innings, but gave up three runs while completing the 6th inning, his last. 

For the second time in a week, Logan Ondrusek picked up the overtime victory and Jonathan Broxton got the save.

With the magic number at three, any combination of three Reds wins or three losses for the second-place St. Louis Cardinals will clinch the National League Central Division for the Reds.  That could happen as early as Friday at Great American Ball Park.

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