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Reds swipe six, run away with rubber match

Cincinnati hasn't accomplished rare feat in more than eight years

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CINCINNATI -- The Reds accomplished something on the basepaths in Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park that they hadn't done in more than eight years.

Cincinnati stole six bases in a game for the first time since May 10, 2006 against the Nationals.

Manager Bryan Price said after the game that running on Chicago starter Jake Arrieta was part of the game plan.

"Arrieta, we knew, was going to be very hard to score on," Price said. "So I felt kind of like we needed to create some scoring opportunities by running. He's a little bit slower and more deliberate to the plate, and we were able to take advantage of that."

Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart had two steals each. Frazier has 19 stolen bases this season, one shy of making him the third Reds third baseman to hit 20 home runs (he has 22) and steal 20 bags in the same season. Aaron Boone had 26 homers and 32 stolen bases in 2002, and Chris Sabo had 25 homers and 25 stolen bases in 1990.

"[Arrieta's] kind of slow to the plate, so might as well take that opportunity and go," Frazier said. "It's exciting; when people run, you get more opportunities to get RBIs."

Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base in the first inning, bringing him to within three of the franchise rookie record of 54, set by Bob Bescher in 1909. Kristopher Negron had the other stolen base in the second inning.

"It makes it fun," Cozart said. "You can just tell, even throughout this year, we've been so much more aggressive on the bases. Obviously you've got Billy, but other guys chipping in to get more stolen bases. And it opens up opportunities. You get guys in scoring position and you get big hits like we did today."

The Reds entered Thursday third in the Majors with 106 stolen bases as a team, behind the Dodgers (120) and the Royals (117).

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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