Cueto first to 17 wins

The Three Stars from a Reds 5-2 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night:

No. 3 star: Wade Miley, ARI — 7 ip, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 107 pitches/78 strikes. Miley survived a 33-pitch, three-run second inning and settled in to retire a stretch of 14 out of 15. Fifteen of the pitches in the second were to Scott Rolen in a tough battle. This is Todd Frazier’s main obstacle in the battle for NL Rookie of the Year.

“That was a tough inning, Wade did a really good job actually, 33 pitches in the inning,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “Did a really good job of really limiting that damage. He did a great job with the situation. It wasn’t a good break, it just didn’t fall our way that inning. He managed that inning as good as you can manage it, seriously. Damage control was excellent. I mean it wasn’t really fair but in the Reds defense, Wade couldn’t really get the ball down in that inning. The balls were elevated and they were hitting them off the bat and falling. Then he got the ball down and they turned into groundballs and swings and misses. He was struggling early but that was a crappy inning for us.”

No. 2 star: Todd Frazier, 2-for-4, two-run triple — Frazier has reached base safely in his last 21 games. He had a broken bat single off of Miley to kickstart the second inning. His two-run triple to the wall in left-center iced the game.

“When opportunity comes, you have to step up and do your thing,” Frazier said.

No. 1 star: Johnny Cueto — 7 ip, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 105 pitches/76 strikes. The Cy Young Award credentials get better and better. Now MLB’s first 17-game winner, Cueto is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts and 8-1 with a 2.69 ERA in his last 10 starts. Out of his 27 starts, he’s allowed two runs or less in 19 of them. At 17-6, Cueto also leads the NL with a 2.48 ERA.

“The last outing, I was feeling really well. I couldn’t go harder than that,” Cueto said. “It was the other way around with this outing. I was really tired and really heavy today. But that’s how things go in this game.”

Click here for the game story.

News and notes:

*The top two hitters in the order, Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs combined to go 0-for-10 in the game. Cozart is in a 0-for-18 stretch.

*After a leadoff walk, Aroldis Chapman converted save No. 33 and his 25th in a row.

*The Reds have a 79-52 record, which is now the best in baseball. A Cardinals 9-0 loss to the Pirates means the Reds picked up a game and lead by seven with 31 to go.

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