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Mike Leake Wins the Pitchers Duel as Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago Cubs

Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

With Mike Leake on the hill for the Cincinnati Reds and Travis Wood on the bump for the Chicago Cubs, you knew it was going to be a low-scoring game from the first pitch.

That is exactly how it was as the Reds outlasted the Cubs 2-1 thanks to a Todd Frazier home run to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning.

Leake was outstanding as he has been all season as he allowed just one run over eight innings of work while giving up only three hits and fanning six batters. He has been a major factor to the success of the Reds this season and they have to be more than happy with the way he threw the ball for them this after-noon.

On the mound for the Cubs was Wood and he had a fine game himself as he has had all season long. He lasted seven innings while allowing two runs on four hits.

You have to feel for Wood as he has pitched magnificent all season long, but yet he is a .500 pitcher at 5-5. His 2.65 is one the best in the majors for a starting pitcher and the Cubs need to take advantage of his starts as opportunities to win ballgames and maybe get back to .500.

While winning has been a problem for the Cubs, it hasn’t for the Reds and it is because of how consistent they are. They know the games they can get away without scoring a ton of runs and the game when they need to come swinging and that is a large part of why they are 14 games over .500.