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Reds Win Ninth Straight; Keep Lead in N.L. Central

Updated on July 28, 2012

Reds Win Ninth Straight; Keep Lead in N.L. Central

by Robb Hoff

July 28, 2012

The Cincinnati Reds don't exactly have the look of an unbeatable team, but they have managed to scratch and claw their way to a nine-game winning streak against bad teams to keep their lead at two games atop the N.L. Central division.

Back-to-back wins against the Colorado Rockies came in an unlikely fashion with home run- prone Bronson Arroyo throwing shut out baseball for six-plus innings on Friday night in a 3-0 Reds win and Reds ace Johnny Cueto giving up five runs in six innings on Saturday night in a 9-7 slugfest.

You would've expected those numbers to be the other way around with Arroyo's track record in homer-friendly parks and Cueto's league-leading earned run average heading into his start.

No matter because the Reds are taking the wins as they come and continuing to bear headlong to an August showdown with the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds benefitted from long balls by third baseman Scott Rolen, center fielder Drew Stubbs and left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who bopped two dingers.

The Reds got some big time relief from Sean Marshall who struck out one of the best hitters in baseball Carlos Gonzalez to end the Rockies threat in the bottom of the eighth inning with runners at the corners.

After that it was Arolids Chapman time once again, even though the result was not quite as dominating as Reds fans have come to expect but a save nonetheless.

The win put the Reds at 20 games over the .500 mark at 60-40 100 games through the season. The Reds hit the century mark tied for the best record in the National League.

The Reds turn to Mat Latos Sunday for a crack at their third straight series sweep.

The get-away game will conclude their brief road trip and bring the Reds back to Cincinnati for a four-game set against the San Diego Padres, and hopefully the opportunity to keep their win streak rolling for the home fans to enjoy.

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