Johnny Cueto, Reds deal blow to Brewers' playoff chances

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by WDJT Editor

CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto got a little closer to being playoff ready.

The right-hander pitched seven solid innings on Tuesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed in the chase for the NL's top record by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 after learning they'll be without their manager for the rest of the week.

Dusty Baker met his players before the game and revealed he suffered a mini-stroke in addition to being treated for an irregular heartbeat at a Chicago hospital last week. Bench coach Chris Speier will manage the series against Milwaukee and three games in Pittsburgh during the weekend, giving the 63-year-old Baker time to rest.

Doctors expect Baker to make a full recovery. He could resume managing the final series in St. Louis next week.

"We're concerned about him and his health," third baseman Scott Rolen said. "We're worried about Dusty. That's the bottom line. You take care of life first."

Until Baker returns, it's up to Speier to get them ready for the playoffs. Cueto (19-9) looked the part, allowing five hits and two runs in seven innings, including Aramis Ramirez's solo homer.

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