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CINCINNATI -- Bronson Arroyo not only pitched a good game but talked one, too.
Arroyo gave his second straight scoreless performance, using his array of pitches and his power of persuasion for seven innings, and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Edwin Encarnacion's four hits to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Friday.
Arroyo (10-8) was coming off his best showing of the season, a four-hitter for a 3-0 win over the Mets on Saturday. The right-hander kept his scoreless streak going by giving up only five hits. He was also a good lobbyist, talking manager Dusty Baker into letting him stay in the game with the bases loaded in the seventh.
"He just came out and asked me how I felt," Arroyo said. "I told him I felt strong. I wasn't laboring. It could've worked out bad, but it worked out good."
Their on-the-mound chat came after Mike Cameron walked to load the bases with one out in the seventh. When Baker goes to the mound, it's usually to make a pitching change. Reliever Nick Masset left the bullpen, figuring he'd be summoned.
Not this time.
"When I left the dugout, I wanted to see and get a feel for it when I got out there," Baker said. "That might've been the ballgame. The bullpen thought I was signaling, but I was talking to Bronson. I was talking with my hands."
Baker asked a few questions, Arroyo answered and the manager nodded his head and headed back to the dugout, drawing a cheer from the crowd of 25,687. Arroyo immediately made his manager look good, with the help of a disputed interference call.
All-Star Ryan Braun hit Arroyo's first pitch on the ground to Encarnacion at third. He threw to Brandon Phillips at second for the forceout. Cameron slid hard directly over the base, his momentum shoving Phillips toward the outfield before he could try to make the relay.
Umpire Kevin Cause called interference for the final out, ruling that Cameron didn't make contact with Phillips until he was past the base - the rulebook definition of interference. Manager Ken Macha argued for several minutes.
"At that particular stage in the game, that was our opportunity," Macha said. "We had Prince [Fielder] coming up next. I believe they had absolutely no chance to get the double play there. It was a tough call."
Cameron sat at a folding table in the middle of the clubhouse after the game, watching the play on a laptop. After a few slow-motion replays, he got up and headed to his locker, muttering, "That's terrible. Terrible call."
"It's a bonehead mistake by the umpire," Cameron told reporters. "And he gave a bonehead [explanation]. This ain't high school baseball."
The play ended the Brewers' last chance.
Encarnacion tied his career high with four hits, including a solo homer that left him 7 for 7 in the first two games of the series. Since returning from a broken wrist, the third baseman is batting .385 with three homers in 12 games.
The Reds took control with three unearned runs off Jeff Suppan (5-7), who hasn't won in more than month.
Cameron let Encarnacion's single to center skip through his legs in the fourth inning, allowing Laynce Nix to score from first base. Shortstop J.J. Hardy bounced his throw to first base on Willy Taveras' routine grounder in the fifth, an error that started a two-run rally. Nix and Encarnacion singled home two-out runs.
The errors undercut Suppan, who is 0-3 with three no-decisions since his last victory on June 12.
The four-game series matches two NL Central teams stuck in distinct downturns. The Brewers have lost nine of 12, dropping them into second place behind St. Louis. The Reds have lost six of nine, dropping them into fifth place.
|Bronson Arroyo follows his season-best four-hitter by allowing six hits in seven innings. (AP)|
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|Craig Counsell, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Mike Cameron, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.261|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||4||.310|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.312|
|Mat Gamel, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.239|
|Corey Hart, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.257|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.232|
|Jason Kendall, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.241|
|Jeff Suppan, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.207|
|a- Jody Gerut, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.190|
|Mitch Stetter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Smith, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|b- Casey McGehee, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.322|
|a-struck out for Suppan in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Villanueva in the 9th|
|2B - Ryan Braun (20, Arroyo)|
|SB - Corey Hart (6, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Mike Cameron (3, Misplayed grounder), J.J. Hardy (6, Throwing)|
|Jeff Suppan (L,5-7)||6||7||3||0||4||2||0||4.43|
|IBB - Hanigan by Jeff Suppan|
|WP - Jeff Suppan (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 89-52, Mitch Stetter 11-8, Chris Smith 25-13, Carlos Villanueva 2-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 4-12, Chris Smith 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 29, Mitch Stetter 3, Chris Smith 4, Carlos Villanueva 1|
|Willy Taveras, CF||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.252|
|Joey Votto, 1B||2||1||0||0||2||0||1||.349|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.269|
|Laynce Nix, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.253|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||1||4||2||0||0||0||.228|
|Chris Dickerson, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.273|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.338|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.156|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Drew Sutton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Rhodes in the 8th|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (4, Smith)|
|SH - Bronson Arroyo (10)|
|RBI - Laynce Nix (24), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Laynce Nix (9), Edwin Encarnacion (8)|
|CS - Willy Taveras (5, 2nd base by Suppan/Kendall), Brandon Phillips (7, 2nd base by Stetter/Kendall)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Encarnacion-B. Phillips-Votto|
|Bronson Arroyo (W,10-8)||7||6||0||0||2||6||0||5.07|
|Arthur Rhodes (H,16)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.72|
|IBB - Fielder by Bronson Arroyo|
|HBP - Hart (by Bronson Arroyo), Braun (by Bronson Arroyo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 109-63, Arthur Rhodes 12-7, Francisco Cordero 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 4-10, Francisco Cordero 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 30, Arthur Rhodes 3, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Attendance - 25687|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - Bill Miller|