Reds 6, Twins 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 23, 2012
Johnny Cueto remained unbeaten in June by pitching seven innings and driving in a pair of runs with a squeeze bunt and a bases-loaded groundout on Saturday, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The Reds ended their season-high losing streak at four games. Cueto (9-3) allowed three hits and fanned a season-high nine while improving to 4-0 in four June starts. The right-hander has allowed only five runs for a 1.47 ERA on the month. Two relievers finished a combined three-hitter. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off left-hander Brian Duensing (1-3), an injury fill-in for the rotation. Scott Rolen had two more hits and scored on Cueto's squeeze bunt and groundout. The Reds welcomed first basemen Dan Driessen and Sean Casey to their Hall of Fame before the game, with other former Reds stars joining them on the field. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire watched the ceremony from the dugout, then chatted with former Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion, who was his favorite player when he was growing up. Phillips got the Reds started with - what else? - a home run. His two-run shot in the fourth off Duensing made it 61 consecutive games with at least one homer at Great American Ball Park, the longest active streak in the majors. It was the 96th homer allowed by the Twins, most in the majors. Duensing made his first start since last Sept. 24. He'll get a chance to stay in the rotation for a while. The left-hander had no problems in the first three innings, then came apart in the fourth. After Phillips hit his 10th homer off the batter's eye, Jay Bruce singled and came around on Rolen's double to right. Rolen continued to third on the play, which ended Duensing's outing at 63 pitches. Rolen scored on Cueto's squeeze bunt to reliever Anthony Swarzak, who could have gotten Rolen in a rundown but never looked at him. Instead, he threw to first for the out as Rolen scored for a 4-0 lead. The third baseman and pitcher got another run across in the sixth, when the Reds loaded the bases on Rolen's single, Scott Frazier's double and an intentional walk to catcher Ryan Hanigan with one out. Swinging away this time, Cueto grounded out to drive in Rolen. The 37-year-old third baseman missed 34 games on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder. In five games since his return, Rolen has gone 7 for 18 with three multihit games. Twins closer Matt Capps pitched the eighth inning, his first appearance since June 15 because of a sore pitching shoulder. He gave up an unearned run on a double, a walk and third baseman Trevor Plouffe's error, throwing 23 pitches. NOTES: The Twins are 8-9 in interleague play. The Reds are 6-7. ... The game drew the Reds' sixth sellout crowd of the season. ... Umpire Mark Lollo filled in for Jerry Layne, who was hit on the side of his head by a broken bat on Friday night. Tests found no significant injury, but Layne will miss the rest of the series. ... Twins C Ryan Doumit extended his hitting streak to six games. He had four hits in the series opener. ... C Joe Mauer played first base. He was out of the lineup the last four games with a bruised thigh. --- Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay
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