The Cincinnati Reds decided to get hot at the right time; winning seven of their last eight games and moving to a season-high 16 games over .500 after a 5-0 win Wednesday to complete a sweep of the Chicago Cubs.
The Reds took the lead on a solo homerun by Todd Frazier , his 11th of the season, on the third pitch of the day and never looked back. Frazier later added an RBI double to go 2-for-4 on the day with two RBI’s.
The real story, however, was Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo, who faced the minimum number of batters through six innings, shut down the Cubs for seven innings while not allowing a runner past first base.
“Today I wasn’t really in trouble too many times,” said Arroyo, who gave way to Alfredo Simon for the eighth inning after allowing two singles and striking out seven with no walks on just 92 pitches.
Arroyo has now allowed just one run over his past two starts, lasting seven innings in both games. In those 14 innings he has struck out 14 and walked zero.
Jonathan Broxton followed Simon out of the bullpen and finished the game for the Reds 13th shutout this season.
Cincinnati now heads to Milwaukee to face the last-place Brewers while the Cardinals and Pirates finish up their series with one final game. It was just a week ago that the Reds sat seven games behind the Pirates for the lead in the NL Central. Now, the Reds sit just a half game behind the Cardinals for first place in the wildcard standings and three and a half games behind the Pirates for first-place in the NL Central.
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