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|Pena, Ramirez Power Cubs to Win Over Reds
|CINCINNATI (AP) -- Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez hit home runs on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning to back Ryan Dempster's pitching and the Chicago Cubs snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Dempster (5-5) went six innings for his fourth win in his last five decisions this season, and first win in five decisions as a visitor at the ballpark he called home in 2002 and 2003.
The right-hander allowed three hits and one run with one walk and eight strikeouts to break a tie with Kirk McCaskill for the second-most major league wins by a Canadian-born pitcher. Dempster now has 107, behind only Hall of Famer and former Cub Ferguson Jenkins' 284. Dempster also hit a batter.
Kerry Wood and Sean Marshall each pitched a scoreless inning before Carlos Marmol pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
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