CINCINNATI -- Luis Valbuena's two-run triple in the 12th inning was the difference in the Cubs' 6-4 win over the Reds in the series finale after Chicago lost the first four contests of the five-game set. But the triple was nearly an inside-the-park home run.
Valbuena drove a pitch deep to right field off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover that was just off the glove of a leaping Skip Schumaker, who slammed against the wall. By the time Schumaker recovered, got to the ball and threw it back toward the infield, Valbuena was rounding third and heading home.
The relay from first baseman Brayan Pena was in time, and though Valbuena initially eluded the tag attempt by catcher Devin Mesoraco, he was tagged out on his second lunge toward the plate.
After a two-minute, 45-second crew-chief-initiated review to determine whether Mesoraco illegally blocked the plate in violation of Rule 7.13, the call was confirmed and the inning was over.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.