CINCINNATI - Dylan Axelrod pitched five scoreless innings and the Reds swiped six bases - their highest total in eight years - in a 7-2 victory over the Cubs Thursday afternoon.
Axelrod (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Louisville to make his second start as a Red, struck out eight while giving up two hits and three walks.
Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier knocked in two runs apiece.
Hamiilton went 2-for-2 with a double, walked twice, scored two runs and got his 51st stolen base.
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Axelrod, 28, was one inning shy of his second quality start. He got a no-decision in a 10-5 loss at Colorado on Aug. 17 when he allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings - with seven strikeouts.
"He had roughly 60 pitches in the first three innings," Price said. "It looked like he would only make it through three but he made an in-game adjustment and made it through five."
"They took some tough two-strike pitches in the first two innings," Axelrod said. "I decided to attack with my fastball. The three-run lead made it easier."