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posted: 8/12/2012 4:27 PM

Cubs can't solve Cueto, Cincinnati

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  • Darwin Barney of the Cubs is unable to catch a fly ball hit Sunday by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.

      Darwin Barney of the Cubs is unable to catch a fly ball hit Sunday by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.

 
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Johnny Cueto pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick homered and the Cincinnati Reds beat the 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.

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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.

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