Johnny Cueto pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run in the Reds 2-1 win over the Twins to take the series on Wednesday.
“It feels great,” said Cueto. “It feels really good that the team backed me up. We all pitched in today.”
Cueto (5-5) struck out eight and allowed only four hits in his first winning performance since June 7.
“Every time I go on the mound, I feel relaxed. I’m locating pitches where I want to locate pitches,” Cueto said. “When I’m out there, I only think about pitching. I don’t think about other stuff. Right now, I’m pitching for the Reds and that’s where I want to pitch right now.”
Cincinnati's only two runs came off of Joey Votto's sacrifice fly off Trevor May and catcher Chris Herrman's throwing error. May threw a wild pitch that helped Brandon Phillips advance and then later score on Votto's flyout to make it 1-0 Reds in the third inning.
Billy Hamilton was the second run for the Reds with Herrman throwing a high pitch over into left field that allowed Hamilton to easily score for a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning.
The Twins would score one run in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Minnesota never threatened again with Cueto's eight strong innings and Aroldis Chapman getting the save.
The Reds get a day off before opening a three-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers starting on Friday.