CINCINNATI — Matt Garza made his second start since rehabbing from his lat and elbow injuries, facing the Reds in the final of the three-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Manager Dale Sveum said he would take the leash off Garza, who pitched five shutout innings against Pittsburgh in his debut and was pulled after 82 pitches.
Sveum said Garza could throw up to 110 pitches, depending on how the game plays out. But Garza threw 62 pitches the first three innings, and was pulled after four innings and 92 pitches, trailing 4-0.
But the Cubs came back and won 5-4 in 10 innings, ending their six-game losing streak.
A two-out walk by Scott Hairston and Welington Castillo’s RBI double gave them the lead. Kevin Gregg escaped a jam, stranding two in the tenth to end a 4-hour, 17-minute affair.
The Cubs were throttled by Johnny Cueto for six innings, before scoring a run in the seventh and three off Logan Ondrusek in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4.
Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single made it 4-2, before Alfonso Soriano’s two-run homer knotted the game.
The Reds scored first on a solo homer by Jay Bruce in the fourth. After a hit batter and walk, Ryan Hanigan hit a 400-foot single to center that David DeJesus tried to make a diving catch of, bringing home the second run. An intentional walk to Shin-Soo Choo loaded the bases with two outs, but Zach Cozart’s two-run double made it 4-0.
Garza was yanked after the fourth, allowing four runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Cueto held the Cubs to one hit over six innings, before giving up a run in the seventh.