Reds shut out Cubs
Cueto, Chapman blank Chicago
CHICAGO — Johnny Cueto pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick homered, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 Sunday.
Cueto (15-6) moved into a tie with New York’s R.A. Dickey for the NL lead in victories. He retired the Cubs in order in four of the first five innings.
Back in the lineup after sitting for two games because of a recent slump, Bruce hit a two-run shot into the right-field bleachers in the fifth off Brooks Raley (0-2). Ludwick connected with a drive to left in the sixth.
Aroldis Chapman earned the save for the third game in a row, his 28th of the season. Chapman has converted 20 straight saves and hasn’t allowed a run in 21 2-3 innings since blowing a save on June 24.