The Cincinnati Reds went into the All-Star break on a positive note. They haven't slowed down since the second half started.
The NL Central leaders will try to extend their longest winning streak in two seasons to eight when they face the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
The Reds (58-40) won three straight at San Diego to end the first half one game out of first place. Cincinnati has maintained that momentum, going 11-2 since the break, and the club is on the verge of its first eight-game run since May 31-June 8, 2006.
"I think it's just the combination of us playing good baseball and getting lucky bounces," center fielder Drew Stubbs told the Reds' official website. "That's the formula to winning a championship. I'm not saying at this point it's going to happen, but that's the type of stuff it takes to do it."
Stubbs went 7 for 15 with a homer and five RBIs in a three-game sweep at Houston to start the week.
Bronson Arroyo (5-6, 3.98 ERA) has been mostly strong over his past five ...