Anthony Rizzo, Arismendy Alcantara homer in Cubs win


A pair of home runs accounted for all of the offensive output between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night at the Great American Ballpark, and when the rain stopped and the dust settled, Chicago had itself a fourth straight win – a 3-0 victory over Johnny Cueto and the Reds.

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Chicago (59-72) was led by a strong start by left-hander Travis Wood (8-11, 4.72 ERA), who picked up his first win in a dozen starts, tossing six shutout innings of two-run ball. He struck out five and walked just one. The veteran southpaw was staked to an early 1-0 lead by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who clubbed his 30th homer of the year – a solo shot – off Cueto before a near-hour long rain delay set in over Cincy.

Cueto (15-8, 2.26 ERA) pitched well, but the Reds offense tallied just three hits on the night in the loss. The right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned while striking out eight and walking two.

Cincinnati (63-69) trailed 1-0 heading into the top of the seventh when Arismendy Alcantara crushed a high, out-of-the-zone pitch from the Reds starter, depositing it deep into the right field seats for his fifth home run of the season.

Neil Ramirez and Pedro Strop combined to toss a pair of scoreless innings and closer Hector Rondon converted his 22nd save of the season.

NOTE: Javier Baez went 0-for-4 in the loss with four strikeouts. The rookie second baseman was visibly frustrated during several of his at-bats and is now hitting .198 in 21 games with seven home runs and 11 RBIs.