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Mike Leake leads Reds to a win

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Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and also drove in a run as the Reds won for just the second time since the end of the All Star break 3-0 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Leake, who last won 22 days ago, scattered five hits and struck out eight to win his eighth game of the season.

"We need a little streak to get us going and, hopefully, this is the start of something," said Leake. "Losing is never fun so it's nice to get a win and, hopefully, (it) can have a domino effect."

Leake (8-9) led the Reds back to a .500 record.

"He was just sharp," manager Bryan Price said. "He was on the attack. There's a certain element to him -- a competitiveness, a fierceness to the kid -- that makes him better than his stuff, and he's got good stuff."

Aroldis Chapman pitched a clean ninth inning for his 100th career save.

The Reds gained a game in the NL Central standings and are now five games back of first place Milwaukee.

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