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Reds sweep Cubs with 7-4 win

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  • Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, top, jumps after forcing out Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco during the eighth inning of an MLB National League baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Cincinnati Reds' Donald Lutz was safe at first.

      Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, top, jumps after forcing out Cincinnati Reds' Devin Mesoraco during the eighth inning of an MLB National League baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Cincinnati Reds' Donald Lutz was safe at first.
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Joey Votto had three hits, Todd Frazier hit a two-run single and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Cubs with a 7-4 victory Sunday at Wrigley Field.

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The Cubs rallied for three runs off Mat Latos to make it a one-run game in the fifth inning, helped when Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo and second baseman Brandon Phillips collided trying to catch Alfonso Soriano's short fly.

Latos (3-0) extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings, tying a career high, but didn't pitch past the fifth inning for the first time in seven starts this season. He struck out six and walked three.

J.J. Hoover earned his second save.

Edwin Jackson (0-5) struggled again for the Cubs, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one. He has yet to pitch past the sixth inning in seven starts this season.

The Reds got a scare in the fifth when Choo and Phillips ran into each other. The ball deflected off Phillips' glove and hit Choo in the face. Trainers checked both players. \

Phillips later exited in the eighth inning. Two runs scored on Soriano's double, ending Latos' scoreless streak. Nate Schierholtz followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-3.

The Reds got two more in the seventh. Votto's second double drove in one, and Phillips had a sacrifice fly.

The Cubs cut the lead to 6-4 in the bottom of the inning when David DeJesus scored on a groundout, but the Reds added another in the eighth.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI double off Jackson in the fourth and the Reds extended the lead to 3-0 on Frazier's two-run single.

The Reds added a run in the fifth on Zack Cozart's sacrifice fly. Choo scored after he singled, stole second and advanced on catcher Dioner Navarro's throwing error.

The Cubs brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with no outs after Scott Hairston reached on a single and dvanced to third on Hoover's throwing error to second when DeJesus hit a chopper to the mound.

Hoover got three flyouts to end the game.

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