Ludwick homers twice in Reds' 9th straight win

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

DENVER (AP) — Johnny Cueto withstood a rough start to pitch effectively for six innings, Ryan Ludwick hit two home runs, and the Cincinnati Reds won their season-high ninth straight by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-7 on Saturday night.

Scott Rolen, Drew Stubbs and rookie Todd Frazier also homered for the NL Central leading Reds, who have gone 13-2 since the All-Star break and hit a high-water mark for the season at 20 games above .500 (60-40).

The winning streak is the longest for the Reds since a 10-game run in 1999.

Cueto (13-5) allowed 10 hits and five runs, including three in the first inning, and twice had errant pickoff throws but managed to keep the ball in the park in hitter-friendly Coors Field to win his fourth consecutive decision.

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