Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome entered the game with just one hit in 16 lifetime at-bats against Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (14-8), but went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Saturday.

Goat: Starlin Castro, now hitting .308, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Key Play: Fukudome hit a long, majestic home run to right with Tyler Colvin aboard to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning. It was Fukudome's 11th homer of the season and 32nd of his career.

Comments: It was just the fourth win in 15 games for the Cubs (55-75) against the first-place Reds (74-55), who remained four games in front of second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

Randy Wells (6-12), who won for the first time in six August starts, allowed two runs (both earned) on six hits in six innings while striking out four and walking two.

Xavier Nady hit his fifth home run of the season and his first since June 10. Nady is 11-for-29 (.379) with seven doubles since the trade of Derrek Lee to Atlanta.

It was the first time that the Cubs beat Arroyo (7 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 SO) since June 7, 2009.

Relievers James Russell, Andrew Cashner, and Carlos Marmol (24th save) each pitched a scoreless inning and combined to allow just one hit.

Next: Rookie Casey Coleman (1-1) will have a tough act to follow Sunday (WGN, 12:10 p.m.) after recording his first major league win in his last start. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed just one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings at Washington on Tuesday.

The Reds will counter with a rookie right-hander of their own, Travis Wood (4-2, 3.38), who had won four straight starts before losing at San Francisco in his last start. Wood was hammered for seven runs in four innings against the Giants. He has a win and no-decision in two previous starts against the Cubs. He's allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in 13 1/3 innings against the North Siders with seven strikeouts and five walks.

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