Cueto Pitches Reds Past Cubs

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 11:09 PM CDT
Chicago Cubs' Mike Fontenot (17) reacts after he was tagged out at home by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Francisco Cordero (48) in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 5, 2008, in Cincinnati.    (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer deep into the seats in right field, and rookie Johnny Cueto got back to hitting the corners with his 95 mph fastball, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a slump-busting 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds ended a five-game losing streak by taking advantage of a pair of errors that set up five unearned runs off Ryan Dempster (4-1).

The 22-year-old Cueto (2-3) left his pitches over the middle of the plate in his last two starts, when he gave up seven runs in only 8 2-3 innings. Mario Soto, a former Reds pitcher who worked with Cueto in the minors, joined the team and helped him repair his change-up and his confidence.