CINCINNATI – Johnny Cueto woke up the Chicago Cubs.
The Cincinnati right-hander had a four-run lead when he threw a pitch over the head of David DeJesus with one out in the sixth inning Sunday, drawing a warning from plate umpire Bob Davidson.
Chicago rebounded as Alfonso Soriano hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th. The 5-4 victory stopped a season-high, six-game losing streak.
That just goes to show, don’t wake a sleeping dog, Cubs starter Matt Garza said. That’s immature on his part. ... If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he’s got a problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll do the same. Hopefully, he grows ... up. I hope he hears this. I really don’t care. I don’t know if there’s anything between him and (DeJesus), but I’ll stop it. I don’t think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don’t want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum thought the high pitch to Cueto was a response to DeJesus taking his time to get in the batter’s box.
Cueto, who gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, wasn’t in the Reds clubhouse after the game, and manager Dusty Baker wasn’t asked about it.
We went as far as we could with Johnny, Baker said. We had to turn it over to some other guys. This one got away. We’ll start a new streak tomorrow. We’ve been playing good ball.
Cincinnati, which had won five straight and 16 of 20, plays the Cubs next in a four-game series at Wrigley Field starting June 10.