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Wells ends skid, beats Reds

CINCINNATI -- Pitcher Randy Wells snapped a five-game losing streak with the Cubs' 3-2 victory over the Reds on Saturday. Wells, who turned 28 Saturday, had not won a game since July 23. He earned his sixth win of the season and is now 4-1 lifetime against Cincinnati in seven career starts.

• Since taking over as interim manager, Mike Quade has made a concerted effort to establish roles for his young relief pitchers. Saturday’s dominant performances by James Russell and Andrew Cashner helped reinforce, in Quade’s mind, that everyone – players and coaches alike – is trying to make a good impression in hopes of having jobs in 2011.

“You guys have asked me if it’s an audition for me,” Quade said. “Absolutely, and any time you show up here it’s an audition. Every one of these kids including the bullpen, I mean all the kids, it’s an audition. It’s a great opportunity. You’re being watched and you’re being evaluated daily.

Wells, who won 12 games last season, feels the same way about his future with the Cubs.

“Yes, for sure,” Wells said. “We’ve got some young guns coming up. And you here the horror stories of one-year success guys. Look at my numbers. [It] makes me want to throw up every time I look at them. You just have to battle out and put yourself in a spot for next year.”

• The Cubs won their 17th one-run game Saturday. They are now 17-30 in such contests on the season. The 30 losses represent the most one-run losses in baseball.