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Chi. Cubs (44-68)020000000250

Reds 4, Cubs 2

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CHICAGO -- Ryan Ludwick has hit like Joey Votto the past three weeks.

With Votto hurt the last three weeks, Ludwick continued a torrid month with a two-run double in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon.

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After Drew Stubbs doubled and Brandon Phillips singled off Cubs reliever James Russell (5-1), Ludwick looped a pitch down the left-field line and into the corner.

The comeback made a winner of Bronson Arroyo (8-7), who held the Cubs to two runs and five hits over eight innings. Arroyo gave up both runs early, but settled down to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts at Wrigley Field.

"With a runner on third, especially when I got to two strikes, I was just trying to put the ball in play," Ludwick said. "I didn't want to strike out and obviously I was fortunate enough to hit the double and get two [runs] instead of one.

"Big hit being able to get Bronson a win and win two in a row after losing those five."

Ludwick has driven in 28 runs since the All-Star break to go along with eight home runs.

"He's deserved everything he's gotten," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Once a veteran guy gets his stroke, once his confidence level is high, he can continue that for an extended period of time."

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman continued his recent dominance by setting down three straight in the ninth and converting his 27th save, including his last 19 straight.

Chapman last blew a save on June 24, he's thrown 20 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 44.

Before the game, the Reds announced Votto had flown from Chicago to Cincinnati Friday after feeling soreness in the left knee he had arthroscopic surgery on July 17. The 2010 NL MVP had a minor procedure to remove a piece of floating cartilage, but will likely miss an additional week. The Reds don't expect him back until mid-August now.

"I think everyone in here is praying and wishing he can get back as soon as possible because we definitely need him on our team, but I think some of the guys have taken it as a challenge to pick one another up," Ludwick said.

Wilson Valdez's RBI single scored Chris Heisey as the Reds tacked on a run to complete their three-run, eighth-inning rally. Todd Frazier drove in a run and reached base three times.

Cubs starter Travis Wood held Cincinnati to five hits and matched a career-high with eight strikeouts but finished with a no decision despite leaving with a 2-1 lead. Wood had posted an 8.78 ERA in losing his previous five starts.

David DeJesus provided the offense for Chicago, stroking a two-out, two run single off Arroyo in the second inning.

Russell allowed three runs and five hits in the eighth and the Cubs lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

The first-place Reds have won two straight after snapping a five-game losing streak on Friday. Cincinnati's 21-8 mark since the All-Star break is the best in the majors.

After DeJesus singled up the middle just past Arroyo to plate the Cubs' runs in the second, the Reds' right-hander retired 12 straight hitters.

Despite his recent struggles, Wood was sharp in his first appearance against his former team. He was dealt to the Cubs during the offseason for LHP Sean Marshall after going 11-10 over two seasons with Cincinnati.

The only run against Wood came in the fourth on an RBI double by Frazier.

Notes

  • Manager Dusty Baker said Votto felt soreness in his knee after participating in a sliding drill. The 2010 NL MVP was injured while sliding into third base on July 17.
  • Baker said slumping OF Jay Bruce will be back in the Cincinnati lineup on Sunday. Bruce is 1 for his last 16 with seven strikeouts.
  • The Cubs activated RHP Lendy Castillo from the disabled list and optioned LHP Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa.
  • Chicago promoted Tim Wilken to a role as a special assistant to general manager Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein. Jaron Madison was hired from the San Diego organization to take Wilken's place as director of amateur scouting.
 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS5010032 .245
Drew Stubbs, CF5110032 .231
Brandon Phillips, 2B5230000 .299
Ryan Ludwick, LF4012002 .266
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Todd Frazier, 1B3021100 .277
Chris Heisey, RF4110014 .268
Wilson Valdez, 3B4011003 .217
Ryan Hanigan, C4020001 .278
Bronson Arroyo, P2000011 .143
   a- Xavier Paul, PH-LF1000000 .355
Totals37412418  
a-grounded out for Arroyo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs (13, Russell), Brandon Phillips (22, Wood), Ryan Ludwick (22, Russell), Chris Heisey (14, Russell)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (3)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (62), Todd Frazier (48), Wilson Valdez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Valdez (4)
SB - Chris Heisey (5, 3rd base off Russell/Clevenger)
Team LOB - 9
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,8-7) 8522140 3.95
Aroldis Chapman (S,27) 1000020 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 104-75, Aroldis Chapman 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-13
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 30, Aroldis Chapman 3
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4012000 .263
Darwin Barney, 2B4000012 .267
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4010000 .298
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000011 .265
Starlin Castro, SS4010000 .274
Luis Valbuena, 3B3110001 .208
   a- Josh Vitters, PH1000010 .125
Bryan LaHair, RF2100100 .260
    Joe Mather, RF0000000 .212
Steve Clevenger, C3010010 .234
Travis Wood, P3000023 .200
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Cabrera, P0000000 .000
Totals3225216  
a-struck out for Valbuena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luis Valbuena (11, Arroyo)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (30)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (13)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alfonso Soriano 1
DP - Soriano-Barney
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood 7511180 4.52
James Russell (BS,2; L,5-1) 1533000 3.59
Alberto Cabrera 1200000 9.00
HBP - Ludwick (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 99-69, James Russell 31-22, Alberto Cabrera 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 6-7, James Russell 1-1, Alberto Cabrera 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, James Russell 7, Alberto Cabrera 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40602
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Al Porter