Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago Cubs, 5-3

CINCINNATI -- The problem wasn't the conversation or the decision, and maybe not even the pitch that Joey Votto hit halfway to Kentucky.

It's that game after game, the Cubs keep finding themselves in the same place they were when manager Lou Piniella ambled to the mound Sunday to check in with ace Ryan Dempster with them clinging to a one-run lead in a low-scoring game with men on base and two out in the seventh.

Piniella had left-hander Sean Marshall ready in the bu...