Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs did something Monday they
had not accomplished in more than five years -- shut out the Cincinnati Reds
in a 2-0 victory over their division rival.
Staked to an early lead via solo home runs by Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena,
Travis Wood (9-11) limited the Reds to six hits with no walks and seven
strikeouts over the first seven innings.
"There wasn't a lot of hard contact tonight," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of
his starter's effort. "It was obviously one of his better ones."
Pedro Strop and Kevin Gregg each tossed a scoreless frame to complete the
whitewash, Chicago's first over Cincinnati since Aug. 19, 2008.
Bronson Arroyo (13-11) was a hard-luck loser, allowing two runs -- both on
homers -- and seven hits in his seven-inning start.
The loss to the last-place Cubs comes after the Reds went a surprising 6-1
against the first-place Cardinals and Dodgers last week. They trail St. Louis
by two games in the NL Central race.
Arroyo has been plagued by home runs throughout his career, and it was no
different Monday as Sweeney and Valbuena each took him deep to right field in
the second and third innings, respectively.
Wood escaped what jams he faced by keeping the Reds hitless in seven chances
with runners in scoring position while he was on the hill.
Chicago again had chances in the eighth and ninth but came away empty.
The first walk of the game was issued by Strop, who lost Brandon Phillips
after being ahead 0-2 in the count to start the eighth. Strop, though, retired
the dangerous trio of Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier in succession to
keep Cincinnati off the board.
Gregg withstood Zack Cozart's one-out double in the ninth to post his 31st
save of the year.
"We didn't play well tonight and it showed," Cozart said. "They jumped on us
and we didn't do anything to get back."
Wood came in 0-4 with a 4.15 ERA in six career starts against the Cincinnati
... The Reds had scored at least one run in 86 straight games against the Cubs
... Arroyo has given up 24 home runs this year -- tied for the second most in
the NL ... Cozart extended his hitting streak to 14 games ... Reds outfielder
Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch in the third inning. He has been plunked 25
times this year, surpassing Jason LaRue's club record of 24 set in 2004 ...
Chicago started an 11-game road trip, its longest since the 2004 campaign ...
Cubs still trails the season series, 13-4.
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