Cubs blank Reds, move winning streak to four games

Cubs blank Reds, move winning streak to four games
August 26, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) Travis Wood got his first win in months and impressed his former pitching coach along the way.

Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Wood (8-11) struck out five and walked one in his first victory since he pitched eight innings in a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15. The left-hander, who made the All-Star team last season, was 0-6 with a 5.45 ERA in his previous 12 starts.

"That was nice," he said. "My command was good. I was able to keep the ball down in the zone and get some quick outs."

Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzoconnected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.

Cincinnati was shut out for the 12th time this season. Johnny Cueto (15-8) struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings in his second straight loss after winning seven consecutive decisions.

Wood improved to 2-5 with a 3.30 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds.

"He was commanding both sides of the plate with his cutter," said Cincinnati manager Bryan Price, who was the pitching coach when Wood was with the Reds. "He didn't give us anything good to hit."

Neil Ramirez struck out the side in the seventh, Pedro Strop pitched the eighth and Hector Rondon finished for his 22nd save.

Rizzo went deep with two out in the first, driving a 2-1 pitch into the seats in right. He joined Miami's Giancarlo Stanton as the only two National Leaguers with at least 30 home runs.

Starlin Castro, in his first game back from the bereavement list, followed with a single as the rain increased, forcing a 50-minute delay just five minutes into the game.

Cueto blamed the rain for Rizzo's home run.

"I was upset," he said with catcher Brayan Pena serving as his interpreter. "They knew it was going to rain. They should've called timeout and not started the game. I was afraid I was going to hit him with a pitch. I couldn't grip the ball."

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