By John Fay

Nothing comes easy for these 2014 Reds.

It looked like they would wrap up a fairly easy victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. It wasn’t easy. But it was a victory. Despite a very tense eighth inning and a fairly tense ninth, the Reds prevailed for a 7-5 win before a crowd of 20,497 at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds took the lead in the fourth. Kristopher Negron led off with a line drive to center.

Schumaker singled to get Negron in. An out later, Latos sacrificed Schumaker to second. Billy Hamilton followed with a slow grounder to shortstop Castro. Castro charged hard with Hamilton running. The ball went under his glove. It was originally scored an error and later changed to a hit. Schumaker scored to make it 4-2.

After Frazier reached on Valbuena’s error, starter Jacob Turner was done.

Brandon Phillips greeted reliever Carlos Villanueva with a single.

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