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Wood helps Cubs beat Reds 3-0

By MARK SCHMETZER
Associated Press
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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 Rizzo connected 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.''

Wood stayed loose by throwing in the cage about every 15 minutes. That work, plus throwing 96 pitches, led to manager Rick Renteria lifting him.

''To be honest, that was an easy decision,'' Renteria said.

Alcantara followed Matt Szczur's leadoff single in the seventh with his fifth homer of the season and second in two games. He also homered on Sunday against Baltimore in Chicago's final home game before embarking on a seven-game, six-day road trip.

RAINMAKERS

Tuesday's 50-minute rain delay was the 21st for the Reds this season.

HOMER BINGE

The Cubs have hit at least one home run in 10 consecutive games for their longest such stretch since a 10-game run from Aug. 2 through Aug. 12, 2011.

CELEBRATION TIME

RHP Daniel Corcino celebrated his 24th birthday by making his major league debut, pitching the ninth for Cincinnati. He was recalled from Double-A Pensacola on Friday.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Jacob Turner makes his first start for Chicago after two relief appearances since being acquired from Miami on Aug. 8.

Reds: RHP and new father Mat Latos, hurt by blown saves in two of his last three starts, makes his second start of the season against Chicago.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cubs: RF Ryan Sweeney left after the top of the second. He grabbed his left hamstring while running out a grounder. Rizzo left the game in the eighth with lower back tightness.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Alcantara
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

T. Wood
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
 
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Chris Coghlan, LF4010100.267.338.440
Javier Baez, 2B4000043.198.233.465
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4111013.278.375.514
   Pedro Strop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Hector Rondon, P0000000.000.000.000
Starlin Castro, SS4020010.286.334.430
Luis Valbuena, 3B4010013.241.321.421
Ryan Sweeney, RF1000000.251.304.338
   Matt Szczur, RF2110101.214.267.214
Arismendy Alcantara, CF4112022.228.285.374
Welington Castillo, C4000031.234.297.382
Travis Wood, P3010001.255.296.471
   Neil Ramirez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chris Valaika, 1B1000010.195.227.293
Totals35383213    
Batting
HR - Anthony Rizzo (30, Cueto), Arismendy Alcantara (5, Cueto)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo (71), Arismendy Alcantara 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Anthony Rizzo (13)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Travis Wood (W,8-11) 6200150 4.72
Neil Ramirez (H,14) 1000030 1.08
Pedro Strop (H,16) 1100100 2.31
Hector Rondon (S,22) 1000010 2.75
Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 96-66, Neil Ramirez 12-9, Pedro Strop 17-9, Hector Rondon 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 1-12, Pedro Strop 1-2
Batters Faced - Travis Wood 21, Neil Ramirez 3, Pedro Strop 5, Hector Rondon 3
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF3000100.263.296.380
Todd Frazier, 1B4010002.279.342.458
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000001.266.305.379
Jay Bruce, RF3000121.220.296.378
Ryan Ludwick, LF4000021.247.307.386
Kris Negron, 3B3000020.274.322.476
Brayan Pena, C3000010.259.291.374
Zack Cozart, SS3010010.226.274.302
Johnny Cueto, P2000011.136.150.136
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000.000.000
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Skip Schumaker, PH1010000.236.287.311
   Daniel Corcino, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3003029    
a-hit a bunt single for Ondrusek in the 8th
Batting
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Johnny Cueto (2, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Johnny Cueto (L,15-8) 6.1733282 2.26
Sam LeCure 0.2000010 3.69
Logan Ondrusek 1100020 4.50
Daniel Corcino 1000020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 96-63, Sam LeCure 7-5, Logan Ondrusek 16-11, Daniel Corcino 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 6-5, Sam LeCure 1-0
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 28, Sam LeCure 2, Logan Ondrusek 4, Daniel Corcino 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19481
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - Mike Everitt