Reds edge Rockies 3-2 behind Cueto, Negro
Chapman strikeout record halted at 49
Saturday, August 16, 2014 5:00 AM
DENVER (AP) - Johnny Cueto threw eight stellar innings to become the first 15-game winner in the majors and Kris Negron had a career-high four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth, as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Friday night.
Cueto (15-6) allowed two runs and six hits to help the Reds snap a three-game skid. He's now 7-0 since a loss at San Diego on July 2.
Negron lined a two-out single up the middle off Adam Ottavino (0-4) to bring in Ramon Santiago with the go-ahead run.
Aroldis Chapman closed for his 26th save in 28 chances. Charlie Culberson drew a one-out walk and pinch-hitter Mike McKenry sent a shot down the line that first baseman Brayan Pena snared as he toppled over. Pena then touched first base with his glove to double up Culberson.
The game-ending double play ended Chapman's reliever record streak of 49 straight appearances with at least one strike out
Jay Bruce brought in a run with a groundout in the Reds third and Santiago another with an RBI single in the fourth.
Cueto worked his way out of a jam in the sixth after giving up a tying RBI double to Corey Dickerson. With one out and the bases loaded, he struck out Culberson with a 95 mph fastball and then fanned D.J. LeMahieu with the same pitch.
The hard-throwing righty splintered quite a few bats with his heavy pitches running in on the hands of hitters.
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