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Choo snaps slump in Sunday's extra-innings victory

Choo snaps slump in Sunday's extra-innings victory

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Choo snaps slump in Sunday's extra-innings victory

CHICAGO -- On Sunday, leadoff hitter and center fielder Shin-Soo Choo ended the longest hitting slump of his brief tenure with the Reds at the most optimal time.

Choo ripped a one-out double to right field in the bottom of the 13th inning during the winning rally for a 3-2 win over the Padres. The hit snapped a 0-for-16 funk. He entered the at-bat 0-for-5 on the day.

"Hopefully I have turned it around and I will have a better series, starting today," Choo said on Monday in the visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field. "It was my first hit against San Diego this year [after also being 0-for-16]. That's part of baseball.

"It made me feel better [since] we've been winning games. I helped the team at the end of the game with the double."

Choo, who entered the day batting .276 and leading all Major League leadoff hitters with 15 home runs, 74 walks and a .410 on-base percentage, didn't diagnose any mechanical issues during his hitting drought.

"I always look at video of my at-bats to see if anything is different," Choo said. "I'll check, if I am hitting good or not. Mechanics is not really a big problem.

"Maybe it's mental, the approach. Most of the problem is mental -- you try to hit too much. You think too much sometimes. That makes it worse. Hopefully I have turned the page."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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