Fukudome Wins it for Cubs in Ninth

Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2

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    Kosuke Fukudome

    Kosuke Fukudome hit a game-ending single as the Chicago Cubs scored twice in the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Saturday.

    Carlos Pena led off the ninth with a homer to tie it and Blake DeWitt also connected for the Cubs, who have won three of four.

    An out after Pena homer to open the ninth, DeWitt singled up the middle. He advanced to third on Jeff Baker's ground-rule double to center field. Fukudome won it with a two-out single up the middle.

    Francisco Cordero (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits while getting just two outs for the Reds, who snapped a three-game winning streak.

    Marcos Mateo (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the Cubs.

    Chicago's offense didn't get going until Reds starter Bronson Arroyo exited in the eighth. Arroyo allowed one run on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out three. He also had a hit. His only blemish came in the fourth, when DeWitt hit a solo shot to right.

    But Casey Coleman kept Chicago close, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out a career-high six and walked three.

    Coleman breezed through six scoreless innings before walking Chris Heisey to lead off the seventh. Ryan Hanigan singled to advance Heisey to third.

    Kerry Wood relieved Coleman gave up Fred Lewis' RBI fielder's choice to shortstop. Lewis advanced to second on Arroyo's sacrifice. Lewis scored when Drew Stubbs lined a single to center.