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Wood, Cubs stifle surging Reds with shutout effort

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CINCINNATI -- Left-hander Travis Wood has pitched well enough to beat his former team a few times, only to see the Cubs offense let him down.

Didn't need any help this time.

Wood beat Cincinnati for the first time in his career, repeatedly pitching out of threats for seven innings, and Chicago stalled the Reds' week-long surge with a 2-0 victory Monday night.

Wood (9-11) finally beat the team that traded him after the 2011 season. He was 0-4 in his career, including three losses this season, even though he had pitched well in most of the games. He allowed six hits and fanned seven.

Finally, he got them.

"It's the first time I've ever beaten them. That's really nice," Wood said. "I've pitched some good games against them, and they've gotten me a few times, too, so this one was nice."

Kevin Gregg gave up a double in the ninth while earning his 31st save in 35 chances.

Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena homered off Bronson Arroyo (13-11), who had won his last four starts against the Cubs.

The Reds were coming off a refreshing week -- six wins in seven games against the rival Cardinals and the NL West-leading Dodgers, leaving Cincinnati only 1 game out in the NL Central. And with St. Louis idle Monday, the Reds had a chance to gain a half-game on first place.

Cincinnati hasn't been within a game of first place since May 25. The Reds have won a lot of close games and made up a lot of ground since falling a season-high 7 games out on Aug. 8.

Facing a team they have dominated, they wasted a chance to move closer.

"We had a good run against the Cardinals and the Dodgers," Arroyo said. "It would have been nice to continue it tonight, but that's what good pitching does."

Cincinnati is 13-4 against the Cubs this season. Overall, Cincinnati has won 12 of its last 15 and 22 of its last 27 against Chicago.

The last-place Cubs started their longest trip since the 2004 season, 11 games in 11 days. They also go to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

Sweeney hit his sixth homer in the second inning and Valbuena hit his 11th in the third. Valbuena's homer left him 6 for 12 career against Arroyo with two homers -- one of the few Chicago hitters with good results against the right-hander.

Arroyo allowed seven hits over seven innings, striking out six.

Wood was traded to the Cubs for left-handed reliever Sean Marshall after the 2011 season. He had pitched well against the Reds, allowing only two runs in three of his four starts against them this season.

He didn't need much help this time.

"The luck he's had this year, it's just gratifying to see him get a win at any time," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's had some tough luck this year."

Wood forced Cincinnati to strand a runner at second base in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. After Shin-Soo Choo doubled with one out in the fifth, Wood got Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto on called third strikes.

The Reds stranded seven runners in scoring position in seven innings.

"He's an All-Star," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He was able to make his pitches when he needed to. We had men in scoring position seven times in the game. We just couldn't get that hit tonight. "

Choo was hit in the back with a pitch in the third inning, the 25th time the leadoff hitter has been plunked this season. With that, Choo surpassed Jason LaRue for the club record.

Notes

It was the Cubs' sixth shutout this season. ... Reds SS Zack Cozart had two doubles, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. ... RHP Johnny Cueto continues to throw without pain. Cueto is on the DL for the third time this season with shoulder problems. The Reds haven't decided when he could pitch in a game or what role he might have. "You don't want to force him in there and end up hurting his shoulder," Baker said. "It's great to have him as a possibility." ... LHP Tony Cingrani (7-3) starts for the Reds on Tuesday, his second appearance since returning from back spasms. The Cubs go with Edwin Jackson (7-15), who leads the NL in losses.

 
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Travis Wood, who continues to pitch strong on the road, beats the Reds for the first time in his career. (USATSI)
Travis Wood, who continues to pitch strong on the road, beats the Reds for the first time in his career. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

L. Valbuena
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

T. Wood
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starlin Castro, SS4000010 .239
Luis Valbuena, 3B4121020 .229
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4000001 .230
Dioner Navarro, C4010001 .304
Nate Schierholtz, RF3010120 .255
Ryan Sweeney, CF3111101 .289
Brian Bogusevic, LF4010022 .276
Darwin Barney, 2B4010003 .213
Travis Wood, P3000011 .233
Totals3327228  
Batting
2B - Luis Valbuena (14, Arroyo), Nate Schierholtz (27, Arroyo)
HR - Luis Valbuena (11, Arroyo), Ryan Sweeney (6, Arroyo)
RBI - Luis Valbuena (35), Ryan Sweeney (18)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,9-11) 7600070 3.05
Pedro Strop (H,14) 1000110 4.86
Kevin Gregg (S,31) 1100000 3.00
WP - Pedro Strop (8)
HBP - Choo (by Travis Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 100-70, Pedro Strop 15-10, Kevin Gregg 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 4-10, Kevin Gregg 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 28, Pedro Strop 4, Kevin Gregg 4
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shin-Soo Choo, CF3010000 .291
Brandon Phillips, 2B3010112 .266
Joey Votto, 1B4020012 .304
Jay Bruce, RF4000024 .266
Todd Frazier, 3B4000013 .233
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010010 .253
Zack Cozart, SS4020011 .256
Ryan Hanigan, C4000002 .209
Bronson Arroyo, P2000010 .077
   a-Neftali Soto, PH1000000 .000
   b-Xavier Paul, PH1000001 .232
Totals3407018  
a-flied out for Arroyo in the 7th
b-grounded out for Simon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (32, Wood), Ryan Ludwick (4, Wood), Zack Cozart 2 (26, Wood)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Bruce 1
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (L,13-11) 7722062 3.58
Logan Ondrusek 0.1000000 4.43
Manny Parra 1.1000220 3.32
Alfredo Simon 0.1000000 3.28
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 89-63, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Manny Parra 28-18, Alfredo Simon 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 10-4, Logan Ondrusek 1-0, Alfredo Simon 1-0
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Logan Ondrusek 1, Manny Parra 6, Alfredo Simon 1
Game Information
Attendance - 22920
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Ted Barrett