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Encarnacion helps Reds get past Wellemeyer, Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS -- In an effort to stop getting hit so much, Bronson Arroyo hit the pool.

Arroyo worked six solid innings, his best start of the year, in the Cincinnati Reds' 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. He believes adding an early morning swim to his routine has restored the zip to his fastball.

"I'm just trying to change my body up," Arroyo said. "I've been doing the same stuff for years and sometimes you get kind of in a rut and you feel like you can't throw the ball.

"It just wasn't jumping out of my hand for a while, so I'm trying something different and it seems to be working."

Edwin Encarnacion had a pair of RBI doubles and made a standout play at third base in the seventh inning to preserve a one-run lead. Encarnacion also snared Chris Duncan's foul popup near the Reds' dugout to end the game, helping Cincinnati win its first series opener after losing the first nine.

"I said in my mind I'm going to catch that ball no matter what," Encarnacion said. "I don't care if I hit the wall.

"You see how we won that game, you've got to make good defensive plays."

Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips had an RBI apiece to help Cincinnati win three in a row for the first time this season and even its record at 3-3 since Walt Jocketty became general manager.

Rick Ankiel hit his fifth home run for the Cardinals, for whom Jocketty served as GM the previous 13 seasons before getting fired last October. Albert Pujols singled twice and walked, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and has reached base in all 27 games to start the season.

Manager Tony La Russa batted Ryan Ludwick, usually a middle-of-the-lineup guy, leadoff for the first time since 2002. Ludwick, who had been 4-for-7 with a homer against Arroyo, was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the right-hander and then struck out again in the ninth.

"I just had some terrible at-bats," Ludwick said. "I didn't help my team a whole lot. It's one of those games you just have to try to wash away."

Arroyo (1-3) allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six for his first victory since Sept. 12 against the Cardinals. He had been 0-4 in eight outings since, including an 0-3 start to the season for the second time in his career. He entered with a 7.56 ERA after failing to make it out of the fourth inning while allowing eight runs in his previous start, against Houston.

"It looked like he had better command of his fastball," manager Dusty Baker said. "I know he's been working on that."

Francisco Cordero allowed a hit in the ninth for his fourth save in four chances.

The Reds bunched five hits in the second and third off Todd Wellemeyer (2-1), scoring twice in each inning to go ahead 4-0. Encarnacion had an RBI double in each inning.

Encarnacion's second RBI double put the Reds ahead 4-0 and was a gift after Duncan lost his routine pop fly to left in the lights.

Wellemeyer allowed only two hits in his last three innings, striking out five and walking two. He had been 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his first two starts at home this season.

"I did a good job of getting ahead of the hitters in the second half of the game," Wellemeyer said. "I didn't do a good job of that in the first half."

Troy Glaus drew a bases-loaded walk in the third, Ankiel hit his fifth homer in the fifth, and Cesar Izturis' opposite-field RBI double in the sixth off a sidearm 2-2 delivery from Arroyo cut the gap to a run. It stayed that way when the Cardinals caught a break in the seventh as Dunn's bases-loaded single struck Phillips for an out as he was running to second.

The Cardinals had runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh when Encarnacion made a diving stop on Yadier Molina's bid for a hit, throwing to second for a forceout.

"If you focus on the game, you have opportunities to make plays like that," Encarnacion said.

Glaus, who left Friday night's game due to watery eyes after striking out twice, wore sunglasses while flying out to end the first. Glaus, whose eyes are only affected during night games at home due to allergies, went without glasses while coaxing a full-count walk in the third.

Notes

  • Izturis missed five starts with a bruised right forearm after being hit by a pitch from Brewers closer Eric Gagne. Izturis is 5-for-12 with three RBI against Arroyo.
  • Reds reliever Jeremy Affeldt has 16 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings after working a scoreless eighth.
  • Ankiel homered for the first time since April 12 at San Francisco, a span of 46 at-bats. All but five of his 18 career homers have come at home.
 
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Brandon Phillips takes a tumble on his way to second after Adam Dunn beans him with a base hit.  (AP)
Brandon Phillips takes a tumble on his way to second after Adam Dunn beans him with a base hit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
St. Louis

R. Ankiel
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Corey Patterson, CF4100101 .213
Jeff Keppinger, SS5010002 .311
Ken Griffey Jr., RF4120100 .255
Brandon Phillips, 2B3121110 .291
Adam Dunn, LF4121115 .208
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4022003 .298
Joey Votto, 1B3010103 .311
Paul Bako, C4010023 .324
Bronson Arroyo, P3000013 .125
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Freel, PH1000000 .292
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Jerry Hairston Jr., LF0000000 .364
Totals35411455  
a-flied out for Burton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ken Griffey Jr. (5, Flores), Brandon Phillips (8, Wellemeyer), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (7, Wellemeyer, Wellemeyer)
SF - Brandon Phillips (1)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (14), Adam Dunn (9), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (2)
CS - Paul Bako (1, 2nd base by Springer/Molina)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Edwin Encarnacion (8, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,1-3) 6633361 6.97
Jared Burton (H,2) 1200000 3.65
Jeremy Affeldt (H,2) 1000010 1.54
Francisco Cordero (S,4) 1100010 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 113-61, Jared Burton 21-12, Jeremy Affeldt 7-5, Francisco Cordero 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-6, Jared Burton 1-2, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 28, Jared Burton 5, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Francisco Cordero 4
St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Ludwick, RF5000042 .299
Rick Ankiel, CF5121000 .250
Albert Pujols, 1B4020100 .382
Chris Duncan, LF5020005 .283
Troy Glaus, 3B3011103 .261
Yadier Molina, C4000015 .266
Adam Kennedy, 2B3110000 .303
   a- Brendan Ryan, PH-SS1000000 .313
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000020 .091
   b- Brian Barton, PH1000001 .324
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   c- Aaron Miles, PH-2B1000010 .273
Cesar Izturis, SS3111100 .194
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Totals3739338  
a-flied out for Kennedy in the 8th
b-popped out for Wellemeyer in the 6th
c-struck out for Springer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rick Ankiel (6, Arroyo), Adam Kennedy (3, Arroyo), Cesar Izturis (4, Arroyo)
HR - Rick Ankiel (5, Arroyo)
RBI - Rick Ankiel (12), Troy Glaus (18), Cesar Izturis (4)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (7), Cesar Izturis (2)
Team LOB - 10
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (L,2-1) 6744250 4.14
Randy Flores 1.1300200 0.00
Russ Springer 0.2000000 9.00
Ryan Franklin 1100100 2.03
IBB - B. Phillips by Randy Flores
WP - Todd Wellemeyer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 97-64, Randy Flores 25-11, Russ Springer 4-3, Ryan Franklin 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 3-10, Randy Flores 2-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 27, Randy Flores 8, Russ Springer 1, Ryan Franklin 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37229
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Ed Montague