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Reds reach milestone win; Cold temperatures don't slow attack

CHICAGO -- The Cincinnati Reds used a lot of little hits to achieve a very big milestone.

Cincinnati rapped out 12 hits -- nine singles -- and cruised to a 9-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday for the 10,000th win in franchise history.

"When you look at 30 different teams and being one of six, it's a pretty cool thing," said outfielder Drew Stubbs. "To be a part of it is pretty special."

Harsh winds and chilly temperatures didn't slow Cincinnati's offense. Stubbs drove in three runs for the Reds, who joined the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals as the only teams to reach the 10,000 win plateau.

The Cubs dropped their sixth straight and fell to 3-11 on the year.

Winds were blowing in, gusting up to 27 mph, and the game-time temperature was 35 degrees with the wind chill.

Chris Volstad (0-2) labored through a four-run, 41-pitch first inning. He gave up RBI singles to Joey Votto and Chris Heisey, and an RBI-groundout to Willie Harris as the Reds batted around for the first time this season.

"It breeds confidence the more hits you get," said Reds manager Dusty Baker. "So it was good for us to get those hits."

Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd didn't help Volstad by committing errors in the inning, but only one of the runs was unearned.

Fielding woes were contagious as Heisey was unable to haul in Castro's fly ball in the third inning, which led to two unearned runs. The teams combined to make five errors.

The Reds tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth on Stubbs' double into the right-field corner. He finished with three hits and two stolen bases.

"I stayed on every pitch," said Stubbs. "Leading up to that I had been kind of pulling off of some sliders, especially, but I got a lot of them today and was able to drive one to right field."

Homer Bailey (1-2) pitched seven solid innings for his first victory of the year. He allowed four runs, but only one was earned. Bailey struck out two and walked none. He also drove in a run with a groundout in the sixth.

"Especially with the wind, it's here it is, hit it as hard as you can," said Bailey. "It's probably not going to go anywhere."

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