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Reds rally, beat Cubs 4-2

CHICAGO (AP) - Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run double in the eighth and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs Saturday afternoon.

After Drew Stubbs doubled and Brandon Phillips singled off Cubs reliever James Russell (5-1), Ludwick looped a pitch down the left-field line and into the corner.

The comeback made a winner of Bronson Arroyo (8-7), who held the Cubs to two runs and five hits over eight innings. Arroyo gave up both runs early, but settled down to improve to 5-0 in his last seven starts at Wrigley Field.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman continued his recent dominance by setting down three straight in the ninth and converting his 27th save, including his last 19 straight. Since Chapman last blew a save on June 24, he's thrown 20 2-3 scoreless innings and struck out 44.

David DeJesus had a two-run single for Chicago.

Wilson Valdez's RBI single scored Chris Heisey as the Reds tacked on a run to complete their three-run, eighth-inning rally. Todd Frazier drove in a run and reached base three times.

Cubs starter Travis Wood held Cincinnati to five hits and matched a career-high with eight strikeouts but finished with a no decision despite leaving with a 2-1 lead. Wood, who had posted an 8.78 ERA in losing his previous five starts.

David DeJesus provided the offense for Chicago, stroking a two-out, two run single off Arroyo in the second inning.

Russell allowed three runs and five hits in the eighth and the Cubs lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

The first-place Reds have won two straight after snapping a five-game losing streak on Friday. Cincinnati's 21-8 mark since the All-Star break is the best in the majors.


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