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Reds 6, Diamondbacks 1

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PHOENIX -- Bronson Arroyo was good and, as he readily acknowledged, a bit lucky, too.

As a result, he's 2-0 on the young season and his Cincinnati Reds are back on track after a brief detour.

Arroyo gave up just one run -- unearned on his own throwing error -- and the Reds overcame a strong outing by Arizona's Daniel Hudson to beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 on Saturday night.

"Sometimes you have a lucky day," said the Reds' right-hander, still not at full strength after a bout with mononucleosis in the spring. "I missed some spots today and they hit the ball not very hard some places that other times they would hammer them."

Arroyo scattered eight hits as the Diamondbacks failed to convert two scoring threats in the first four innings, then Arizona reliever Juan Gutierrez's throwing error cleared the way for the Reds' four-run ninth.

"Luckily we had the lead, I had a good tempo going, kept those guys off balance enough and gave us an opportunity to get in the bullpen and those guys did the job," Arroyo said.

After a 5-0 start, Cincinnati had lost two in a row, the last a 13-2 drubbing in the series opener on Friday, and for most of Saturday night they were locked in a tight one.

Hudson (0-2) gave up two runs on three hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three. After scoring twice in the first inning, the Reds had only two baserunners in the next six against the 24-year-old right-hander, and neither got past first base.

"I battled my command in the first inning," he said. "I was throwing a little too much across my body and left a couple of pitches up. I didn't have good command in the first but other than that, I felt good."

Scott Rolen had an RBI single and Jay Bruce brought in the Reds' second run with a sacrifice fly in the first.

Arizona cut it to 2-1 in the sixth when Chris Young singled, advanced from first to third on Arroyo's throwing error, then scored on Melvin Mora's two-out single.

After Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman hit 103 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while throwing a scoreless eighth, the Diamondbacks fell apart in the ninth.

Gutierrez walked leadoff batter Joey Votto, and then tried to barehand Rolen's grounder. He knocked the ball down, grabbed it, then threw it away to first. Instead of what could have been a double play had the ball made it past the pitcher to an infielder, runners were at second and third with no outs.

Gomes doubled off the glove of Mora at third to bring both runners home. Gomes called taking advantage of an opponent's mistake "the name of the game."

"You look at the end of the season and the more times you do that, the chances are more times you're just flat-out winning ball games. If they're going to give you extra outs, that's what you've got to do is capitalize on them."

Hudson struck out Drew Stubbs to start the game, then Brandon Phillips singled and Votto walked. Rolen followed with a single for his ninth RBI of the season, then Gomes walked to load the bases with one out.

Bruce hit a fly to short center that Young caught and fired toward home. Hudson cut off the throw and relayed it to third to catch Rolen trying to advance. Votto crossed the plate just before Rolen was tagged out to make it 2-0.

Arizona blew scoring chances in the first and fourth innings.

In the first, Stephen Drew and Justin Upton singled with one out and each stole a base to put runners at second and third with one out. Arroyo fanned Russell Branyan and Young to escape the jam.

In the fourth, Branyan led off with a double off the fence in right but, not particularly fleet of foot, he was held at third on Miguel Montero's single, leaving runners at first and third with one out. Mora popped out, then Gerardo Parra bounced out to end the inning.

Notes

  • Votto walked three times.
  • Arizona outhit the Reds 9-6.
  • Eighteen of the 25 players on Arizona's opening-day roster were not with the team at the start of 2010.
  • Ex-Arizona State star RHP Mike Leake (1-0) will make his first appearance against the Diamondbacks when he starts for the Reds in the series finale on Sunday.
 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Gomes
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 0
BB 0
K 6
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4000123 .265
Brandon Phillips, 2B4110011 .375
Joey Votto, 1B1200300 .393
Scott Rolen, 3B4111011 .250
Jonny Gomes, LF3112110 .167
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Jay Bruce, RF3001021 .241
Ryan Hanigan, C4111020 .353
Paul Janish, SS4020000 .462
Bronson Arroyo, P2000011 .250
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Francisco, PH1000000 .200
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Heisey, PH-LF1011000 .273
Totals31676510  
a-grounded out for Bray in the 8th
b-singled for Chapman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jonny Gomes (1, Gutierrez)
SF - Jay Bruce (1)
RBI - Scott Rolen (9), Jonny Gomes 2 (5), Jay Bruce (2), Ryan Hanigan (5), Chris Heisey (5)
CS - Paul Janish (1, 2nd base by Hudson/Montero)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Bronson Arroyo (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,2-0) 6810060 2.08
Bill Bray (H,1) 1000020 0.00
Aroldis Chapman (H,1) 1100010 0.00
Francisco Cordero 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 94-62, Bill Bray 17-10, Aroldis Chapman 10-9, Francisco Cordero 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-7, Bill Bray 1-0, Aroldis Chapman 1-1, Francisco Cordero 2-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Bill Bray 3, Aroldis Chapman 4, Francisco Cordero 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010021 .194
Stephen Drew, SS4010012 .250
Justin Upton, RF4010002 .233
Russell Branyan, 1B4020022 .444
Chris Young, CF4110014 .258
Miguel Montero, C4010012 .500
Melvin Mora, 3B4011012 .176
Gerardo Parra, LF4000013 .273
Daniel Hudson, P2010000 .500
   a- Ryan Roberts, PH1000000 .273
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
   b- Juan Miranda, PH1000000 .231
Totals3619109  
a-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
b-grounded out for Gutierrez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Russell Branyan (1, Arroyo)
RBI - Melvin Mora (2)
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora (1)
SB - Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan), Stephen Drew (1, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan), Justin Upton (1, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Young-Branyan-Mora, Branyan
E - Juan Gutierrez (1, Throwing), Miguel Montero (3, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Daniel Hudson (L,0-2) 7322380 3.46
David Hernandez 1000110 0.00
Juan Gutierrez 0.1243110 9.00
Sam Demel 0.2200000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 98-66, David Hernandez 18-10, Juan Gutierrez 20-11, Sam Demel 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 5-6, David Hernandez 2-0, Juan Gutierrez 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 25, David Hernandez 4, Juan Gutierrez 5, Sam Demel 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20719
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett