MLB: Chicago Cubs 2, Cincinnati 0

Sept. 9, 2013 at 11:07 PM

CINCINNATI, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Trevor Wood and a pair of relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout Monday, staking the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 whitewash of pennant-contending Cincinnati.

Wood (9-11) scattered six hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out seven, tossing 70-of-100 pitches for strikes in the gem.

Pedro Strop contributed a scoreless eighth inning and Kevin Gregg wrapped up the win with his 31st save as the Cubs took the opener of a three-game series.

Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena each belted a solo homer to provide Chicago's offense.

Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (13-11) yielded just the two runs on seven hits in a seven-inning performance. He didn't allow a walk and struck out six.

Cincinnati, who came into the contest tied for second place in the National League Central, fell two games behind division-leading St. Louis with the loss.

The Reds hold a seven-game lead for an NL wild card spot.

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