The Reds played long enough Tuesday night to allow the Chicago Cubs to self-destruct.
A couple of walks a wild pitch and an error loaded the bases for Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the 11th inning. Choo delivered a two-run single to lift the Reds to a 6-4 11-inning win over the Cubs before a few stranglers from the crowd of 33286 at Wrigley Field.
Choo was 0-for-4 on the night and 1-for-his-last-20 when he came up in the 11th.
"I felt good all night" he said. "I hit the ball good to center field. I walked the first at-bat. Before the last at-bat I tell myself to be aggressive so I swung at the first pitch."
J.J. Hoover earned the win on his 26th birthday with a career-high 2 1/3-inning outing. Hoover pushed his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24 2/3 innings.
"I just wanted to give the offense a chance to score a run" Hoover said. "(The media) bring up the streak. I treat every outing the same. I try to keep the score the same and not let the offense get any momentum."