While the Cincinnati Reds continue to maintain a comfortable cushion atop the NL Central, the Arizona Diamondbacks are quickly fading from postseason contention.
The Reds look to complete a three-game sweep by handing the Diamondbacks a sixth straight loss Wednesday at Chase Field.
Johnny Cueto threw seven solid innings to become the majors' first 17-game winner and Aroldis Chapman converted his 25th consecutive save as Cincinnati (79-52) won its third straight over Arizona, 5-2 on Tuesday. Winners in three of four overall, the Reds increased their division lead over St. Louis to seven games.
Cincinnati's last series sweep at Chase Field came Aug. 17-19, 2010.
The Diamondbacks (64-66), who dropped to 2-7 on a 10-game homestand, are in danger of matching their season high with a sixth consecutive defeat. Arizona is third in the West, 8 12 games behind first-place San Francisco and is 7 12 out of the final wild-card spot.
Todd Frazier, one of four Reds with two hits, had ...