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Reds jump on Cubs early en route to 7-2 victory

CINCINNATI -- The Chicago Cubs were beaten 7-2 Thursday by the Reds, who took two out of three in the series at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds took advantage of struggling starter Jake Arrieta (7-5), who walked four batters in four innings and watched six Reds steal bases, largely because of his deliberate leg kick motion to home plate. Dylan Axelrod (1-0) got the win for the Reds.

The Reds have beaten the Cubs 11 out of 16 games this season.

Jorge Soler, who homered in his first major league at-bat Wednesday night, batted fifth again and recorded a double to lead off the second inning and an RBI single in the ninth. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup for the second straight game with tightness in his back. Chris Valaika started at first in his place again.

At the plate: The Reds took a 3-0 lead in the second inning as Arrieta struggled with his control and the Reds stole four bases in the first two innings. Zach Cozart, Billy Hamilton and Todd Frazier had RBI hits. They added three more runs in the fourth. Brandon Phillips had a two-run double.

On the mound: Arrieta threw 96 pitches in his four-inning stint, allowing six runs on six hits. He walked four and struck out eight.

The quote: Manager Rick Renteria, commenting on Starlin Castro's failure to run hard after hitting a long drive to center in the eighth inning Wednesday night that bounced off the wall and wound up being a single. "When a young man tells you he made a mistake, what can you say? He was apologizing to everybody."

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