Cubs finally beat Arroyo and Reds 3-2

CINCINNATI—Kosuke Fukudome hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Bronson Arroyo, and the Cubs finally ended years of futility against the right-hander by beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday night.Fukudome’s homer in the fifth inning sent Arroyo (14-8) to his first loss against the Cubs since 2007. Arroyo had won his last five decisions against the Cubs, including his two starts this season.Randy Wells (6-12) got a victory on his 28th birthday — his first win since July 23. Wells limited the NL’s top offense to five hits and a pair of runs in six innings, including Joey Votto’s solo homer. The Cub’s bullpen allowed only one hit, with Carlos Marmol pitching the ninth for his 24th save in 29 tries.It was only their fourth win in 15 games against Cincinnati this season.Despite the loss, the Reds remained in first place in the NL Central for the 14th straight day. They’ve gone 10-4 since getting swept by second-place St. Louis.Nobody on Cincinnati’s staff handles the Cubs as well as Arroyo, who has dominated the middle of their lineup. Arroyo made two other starts against the Cubs this season and didn’t allow a run in 13 innings, going 2-0.Nobody in the Cubs’ lineup had worse career numbers against Arroyo than Fukudome, who was 1 for 16 coming in. On Saturday, he hit everything hard.Fukudome sent Jay Bruce to the right-field wall to catch his fly ball in his first at-bat. The next time up, there was no doubt about the distance. His two-run shot landed deep in the Cubs’ bullpen in right field and put the visitors up 3-1. Fukudome also singled in the seventh, giving him more hits in one game against Arroyo than he had previously in his career.Xavier Nady also hit a solo homer off Arroyo, who gave up five hits in seven innings. It was Nady’s first homer since June 10.Votto hit his 32nd homer off Wells in the fourth inning — he trails the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols for the NL lead. Ryan Hanigan also singled home a run in the sixth off Wells, who had gone 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA in his last six starts.There were thousands of blue-shirted Cubs fans in the crowd of 41,292, the eighth capacity crowd at Great American Ball Park this season.

NOTES—The Cubs are 4-1 under manager Mike Quade, who took over when Lou Piniella retired on Sunday. … The Cubs have played 47 one-run games, most in the NL. They’re only 17-30 in those games. … The Reds moved RHP Edinson Volquez into the bullpen, giving him a chance to fix flaws in his delivery. Rookie Travis Wood will start in his place Sunday in the final game of the series. … SS Orlando Cabrera has been told to rest for a few days, giving strained abdominal muscles more healing time. He’s been on the DL since Aug. 2. Cabrera has been hitting and running, but the injury still bothers him when he throws.

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