Randy Wells Gets Birthday Present: Win Over Reds

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Carlos Marmol Posts 24th Save; Cubs Win 3-2

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Kosuke Fukudome hit the game-winning two- run home run and Randy Wells spun six solid frames as Chicago edged Cincinnati, 3-2, in the middle meeting of a three-game set.

Fukudome finished 2-for-3 and Xavier Nady also went deep for the Cubs, who have won four of their last five.

Wells (6-12) allowed two runs on six hits while walking two and fanning four and Carlos Marmol closed the door in the ninth by retiring the side in order to earn his 24th save.

Bronson Arroyo (14-8) suffered the loss after he yielded three runs on five hits and did not walk a batter while striking out five for the Reds, who are still four games ahead off St. Louis in the NL Central.

Nady's solo home run with one out in the second inning put the visitors on the board first. Jay Bruce, who hit three home runs in Friday's game, scaled the wall in right to take away a potential long ball from Fukudome to end the inning.

Joey Votto's leadoff long ball, his career-best 32nd, got the game tied in the fourth.

The Cubs grabbed the lead back for good when Tyler Colvin singled to start the fifth and scored when Fukudome followed by leaving with a home run into the bullpen in right.

Scott Rolen doubled with one out in the home sixth, moved to third on a Jonny Gomes single and scored on a Ryan Hanigan base hit to make it a one-run game. However, Wells worked out of further trouble when Drew Stubbs flied out and Paul Janish bounced out to end the threat.

James Russell took over and worked around a two-out single by Chris Valaika to throw a scoreless seventh and was followed by Andrew Cashner, who tossed a perfect eighth inning in front of Marmol.

Game Notes

Wells improved to 4-1 in his career against the Reds, including 2-1 this season...Nady has hit safely in seven of his last eight games...Carlos Zambrano rejoined the Cubs and threw his side session before Saturday's game in preparation for his Monday start against Pittsburgh. He had been in his native Venezuela to attend to his sick nephew...Brandon Phillips missed his second straight game for the Reds with an injured right hand...Cincinnati's Edinson Volquez was scratched from the start in Sunday's series finale and will be replaced by Travis Wood...Volquez will be moved to the bullpen after going 3-2 with a 6.17 earned run average in eight starts since returning from Tommy John surgery...Arroyo is 9-7 in his career against the Cubs, which includes a 2-1 mark this year...He had thrown 14 1/3 scoreless frames against Chicago this season before Nady's home run...The Reds lead the season series, 11-4.


Cubs Face Nemesis Bronson Arroyo, Look To Even Series

(Sports Network) - The first-place Cincinnati Reds can make it 12 wins in 15 games with the Chicago Cubs tonight, when the clubs meet for the second of three weekend games at Great American Ball Park.

On Friday, Jay Bruce slammed a career-best three home runs and Chris Valaika also went deep to back eight innings of one-run ball from starter Johnny Cueto as Cincinnati beat Chicago, 7-1.

Bruce tied a career-high with five runs batted in, while Drew Stubbs added two hits, a run scored, two stolen bases and a walk for the Reds, who have won two straight and 10 of 13 overall since being swept by the Cardinals over three games two weeks ago.

Cincinnati leads the Cardinals by four games for the top spot in the National League Central Division.

Cueto (12-4) allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and fanned eight. Sam LeCure retired the side in order in the ninth to preserve the Reds' 11th win in 14 meetings with Chicago.

Tom Gorzelanny (7-8) took the loss after allowing a season-high six earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks with one strikeout in five innings for the Cubs, who had a three-game win streak halted.

Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo can reach 15 wins for the third straight season, matching his career-best victory output.

The 33-year-old Key West, Fla. native has won four of his last five to get to win No. 14, which came via a 5-2 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 22 after he allowed seven hits and two runs in seven innings.

He tossed seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Aug. 6, improving his career mark against them to 9-6 in 21 outings (19 starts).

Arroyo is 5-4 in 12 starts at home in 2010.

Illinois native Randy Wells celebrates his 28th birthday with a chance to end a six-start drought for Chicago.

The veteran of 57 major-league outings improved to 5-7 on the season with a 5-0 defeat of St. Louis on July 23 in Chicago, but is 0-5 with a no-decision since, including a 16-5 loss to Atlanta on Aug. 22 in which he was tagged for seven hits and seven runs in six innings.

He's 3-1 in six career starts against the Reds, including a 3-1 win on July 3, when he gave up five hits and a run in 7 2/3 innings.

Wells has won just twice in 11 road starts this season, allowing 72 hits and 38 runs in 63 1/3 innings while allowing an opposition batting average of .285.

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