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MLB: Cincinnati 9, Chi. Cubs 2

April 17, 2008 at 7:02 PM

CHICAGO, April 17 (UPI) -- Joey Votto drove in five runs Thursday when the Cincinnati Reds blasted the Chicago Cubs 9-2.

One of Votto's two hits was a three-run double in the top of the fourth and the other was a two-run homer in the sixth.

Cincinnati built a 5-2 lead through six innings.

Ken Griffey Jr. also had two hits, one a three-run homer in the seventh, the 596th homer in his career.

Ryan Freel had two hits and one RBI. Edwin Encarnacion had two runs and two hits while Jeff Keppinger had a run and two hits for the Reds, who ended a five-game losing streak.

Winner Edinson Volquez (2-0) gave up an earned run and four hits in five innings with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Chicago got one RBI each from Henry Blanco and starter and losing pitcher Ted Lilly. Reed Johnson went 4-for-4 for the Cubs, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Lilly (0-3) surrendered five earned runs and six hits in six innings with three walks and six strikeouts.

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