Superb pitching has the Cincinnati Reds on a roll, and they're hoping a favorable stretch of schedule will keep it that way.
Tony Cingrani, however, is just looking for some help this time.
Cingrani looks to give the Reds another strong performance on the mound, as they face the last-place Milwaukee Brewers for the first of seven meetings in a 10-game span Thursday night.
Cincinnati (68-52) holds one of league's two wild-card spots. The team is also third in the NL Central, one-half game behind second-place St. Louis and 3 12 back of Pittsburgh for first.
The Reds are gaining momentum in an effort to close that gap, winning seven of eight since an embarrassing 15-2 home loss to the Cardinals on Aug. 4.
"Sometimes a team has to hit rock bottom before you can start rolling," manager Dusty Baker said.
The pitching staff has been terrific since, compiling a 1.62 ERA over the past eight games. That may only continue in this four-game set with the Brewers, who are tied with Chicago in the...