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|Lilly, Lee Lead Cubs Past Reds
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Ted Lilly pitched six scoreless innings and Derrek Lee homered and singled twice Sunday, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Andres Blanco had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who won the season series 10-5. They are 41-25 against NL Central opponents, 32-43 in games outside the division.
The Reds were officially eliminated from the NL Central race. They were 26-20 and 1 1/2 games out of first place on May 28th, but are 38-58 since and have fallen 19 1/2 games behind St. Louis. The Reds took the Central title in 1995, the first year of three-division play, but haven't won it since.
Lilly (12-8) allowed six hits, walked two and struck out seven in winning his seventh consecutive home decision.
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