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CIN@MIL: Cueto hurls seven shutout frames vs. Brewers

After winning Monday's matchup with late-inning heroics, the Reds are looking to win both games of the two-game series on Tuesday, when Johnny Cueto takes the mound in Atlanta.

The right-hander, who is 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA this season, has not allowed a run in his past 16 innings and only one run over his past 23.

Cueto's six quality starts lead the team, but the right-hander's experience against the Braves is limited. In 28 innings pitched against the Braves in his career, the Reds' ace holds a 1-1 record with a 3.08 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Cueto is second in the National League with a 1.12 ERA.

Following his seven shutout innings against Milwaukee last week, Cueto discussed his confidence level during the Reds' 2-1 victory that resulted in a no-decision.

"I felt good, because I was throwing my game," Cueto said. "I was trying to keep them away from scoring runs. That was my game."

Righty Tim Hudson will start for the Braves. Hudson faced the minimum before allowing a pair of seventh-inning singles that sunk him in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Cubs. His surgically repaired back is healthy, and he seems to have a feel for all of his pitches.

"It's just tough," Hudson said following the loss to Chicago. "A game like today, one little door that opens can mean the ballgame. That was an opportunity that they took advantage of. It's the littlest things that win these kinds of games."

While the series will be short-lived, the Braves will travel to Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Monday. The trip will mark the last time the two teams will play each other this season.

Atlanta's loss to the Reds on Monday put the team a half-game back of Washington for first place in the National League East, while the Reds sit 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. Comments