Cubs 7, Reds 1
CHICAGO (AP) _ Jeremi Gonzalez won his second straight start since being promoted to the majors and Ryne Sandberg drove in three runs, leading the Chicago Cubs past the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 Sunday.
Shawon Dunston hit a pair of RBI singles as the Cubs won for the fifth time in seven games.
Gonzalez (2-0) gave up three hits in five scoreless innings, striking out seven. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning by fanning Eduardo Perez and getting Joe Oliver on a grounder.
Gonzalez, 22, made his big league debut May 27 and beat Pittsburgh, allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Iowa.
John Smiley (5-7) gave up seven hits in four innings and left with the Reds trailing 4-0. Cincinnati has lost six of its last eight road games.
Doug Glanville and Mark Grace singled with one out in the first. With two outs, Dunston and Sandberg followed with RBI singles.
Dunston singled with one out in the third and Sandberg walked, and they pulled a double steal. Kevin Orie had an RBI groundout, and another run scored on second baseman Jeff Branson’s error.
Turk Wendell replaced Gonzalez to start the sixth, and Barry Larkin met him by homering for the third straight game.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the sixth against Hector Carrasco on singles by Brian McRae, Glanville and Grace.
Reliever Stan Belinda struck out Sammy Sosa, but Dunston blooped an RBI single and Sandberg had a sacrifice fly. Sandberg singled home a run in the eighth.
Notes: Reds first baseman Hal Morris was a late scratch because of a tight right hamstring. ... Larkin extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Sandberg is two hits shy of becoming the 109th player in major league history to reach 2,300 career hits. ... The Cubs were 15-13 in May, the top record in the NL Central.