Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.
With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco came around to score.
Sanchez walked the first two batters of the inning and Cesar Izturis reached on an error by third baseman Donnie Murphy to set up Choo's clutch swing.
Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro and Murphy homered for Chicago, which was shut out in each of its previous three home games. Schierholtz's two-run drive in the second snapped a franchise record home scoreless stretch at 33 innings.
Hoover (3-5) allowed one hit in 2 1-3 innings, running his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24 2-3 innings. Aroldis Chapman finished for his 29th save in 33 chances, closing out Cincinnati's sixth win in se...