From Comcast SportsNetPHOENIX (AP) -- Johnny Cueto leads the majors in wins and has his sights set even higher.Cueto scattered four hits over seven innings for his 17th victory and the Cincinnati Reds beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Tuesday night."All I can promise is to try and keep going because I want to win 20 games," Cueto said through a translator. "I felt better as the game went on. I was able to gather more strength and continue."Cueto (17-4) gave up two runs, struck out one and walked five for his eighth victory in nine decisions. The right-hander lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.48."He's feeling it every time he goes out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single and Todd Frazier added a two-run triple for the Reds, who won for the third time in four games and stretched their lead in the NL Central to seven games over St. Louis.Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman closed it out for his 33rd save and 25th straight, tied with Texas reliever Joe Nathan for the longest active streak in the majors.Wade Miley (14-9) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five straight and seven of nine."The first couple of innings everything was up," Miley said. "I was able to make the adjustment, but it didn't work out."Arizona opened a 1-0 lead in the first when Gerardo Parra doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Kubel.But the Reds rallied in the second and flipped the momentum with a long at-bat.Frazier led off the inning with a single and Miley got ahead of Scott Rolen 1-2. Rolen then fouled off two pitches, took a ball, fouled off two more, took a third ball and fouled off five pitches in a row before drawing a 15-pitch walk."I'd have rather singled on the first pitch," Rolen said.Baker thought the battle affected Arizona's rookie left-hander."That took a whole inning out of him," Baker said. "Foul off a pitch, foul off a pitch -- he was trying everything. That takes a lot out of a pitcher."Chris Heisey singled to load the bases and Frazier scored on a wild pitch before Hanigan lined a two-run single to center for a 3-1 lead.John McDonald reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a double to left by Parra in the fifth to pull the Diamondbacks to 3-2.Frazier tripled home Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick in the eighth against Matt Lindstrom, who was making his Arizona debut after being traded from Baltimore for Joe Saunders on Sunday."We were just up the one run so that little cushion was helpful," Frazier said.NOTES:Phillips stole second in the eighth, his 11th stolen base in 12 attempts. ... Miley needed 54 pitches to get through the first two innings but threw only 53 over his final five. ... Reds RHP Mat Latos (10-4) will look to bounce back from a rough outing when he pitches Wednesday against LHP Patrick Corbin (5-5). Latos allowed seven runs and nine hits Friday against St. Louis for his first loss since July 18. Corbin will be the third straight rookie the Diamondbacks send to the mound.
In order for the Orlando Magic, the Eastern Conference's lowest-scoring team, to drop a season-high 124 points on the Wizards on Tuesday night, it wasn't their starting lineup that got hot and led them to a shootout victory. Instead, it was their bench, rife with what Scott Brooks described as starter-quality players, that exploded for 73 points and kept the Wizards out of reach for much of the night.
That 73 points was a whole lot more than the 22 points scored by the Wizards bench, as Washington's second unit took another one on the chin in a season that has put them under the microscope often and mostly for the wrong reasons.
For the Magic, it was point guard Elfrid Payton who stood above all with a career-high 25 points off the bench. He had 22 points in the first half alone on 8-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. He entered the game a 17.8 percent shooter from three and those three makes tied a career-best.
"Just tip your cap to him," Wizards point guard John Wall, who scored a career-high 52 points, said.
"Elfrid Payton had the game of his life," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "He was terrific tonight."
Payton was one of four Magic bench players who reached double-figures. Jeff Green had 20 points in 25 minutes, Jodie Meeks dropped 18 points in 16 minutes and Nikola Vucevic had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
"[Their bench] was the difference," Wall said. "We made our run, but they always made a big play or made a big shot."
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks also agreed that the Magic bench lifted them to victory, one that dropped Washington to 7-13 on the season.
"They're in the NBA for a reason. They're good basketball players. There's 450 of them that can play the game and we have to be able to guard all the players that come on the floor," Brooks said.
Now 10-12 on the season, the Magic aren't known as one of the deepest teams in the NBA, but they sure looked like one on Tuesday night. The Wizards, meanwhile, again looked like a team that is missing one of their key players in Ian Mahinmi, but one that has depth issues that can't be explained by the absence of just one guy.
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 5, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Practice 1:05; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins news conferences and open locker room after practice approx. 3:00
—Days until: Panthers @ Redskins 12; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 17; Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 25
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion)
Long's concussion could force roster move
First look at Redskins vs. Eagles
The last time: The Redskins won 27-20 at FedEx Field in Week 6 in a game that was not really as close as the score indicated. The Redskins outgained the Eagles 493 yards to 239 and had the ball for 10 more minutes. Philly scored on a kickoff return and an interception return in a three-minute span in the second quarter and that was about all they had. The Redskins have now beaten the Eagles four straight times.
The Eagles leaders: Quarterback Carson Wentz got off to a hot start, posting three passer ratings of over 100 in his first four games. In eight games since his passer rating is 70.1 and his high in a game is 91.4. Leading rusher Ryan Mathews had his first 100-yard game in Week 10; he shares the load with Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles. Jordan Matthews (57 receptions, 686 yards) is expected back after missing last week with an ankle injury. Sacks leader Brandon Graham (5.0) has only one sack in the last six games.
Be on the lookout: The Eagles have been getting it done on special teams for years. This year they have two kickoff return touchdowns and Darren Sproles averages 13.7 yards per punt return including a 66-yarder.
Hodgepodge: A Washington win would put them 2.5 games ahead of the Eagles with three to play. Barring a Philly win out/Redskins lose out scenario the Redskins would be out of last place in the NFC East in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-2003 . . . The Redskins already are ensured of avoiding double-digit losses in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001-2002 . . . The Eagles have allowed over 400 yards of offense in two of their last three games.
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