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CINCINNATI -- Giving up his no-hitter in the eighth was bad enough for Bronson Arroyo. Losing the lead soon after made him feel awful.
At least the Cincinnati Reds rallied to win the game.
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Arroyo took a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Tuesday night before giving up a three-run lead, but Drew Stubbs led off the bottom half with a home run, sending the Reds to a 4-3 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Arroyo allowed only one runner through the first seven innings, hitting Ryan Braun in the first. The slumping Brewers hit only four balls out of the infield during that stretch.
Somehow, Arroyo came away with nothing to show for all of it -- still only one victory in his past nine starts.
"After a gem like that, a no-decision is terrible," Arroyo said.
Milwaukee pulled even with three hits off Arroyo in the eighth, but Stubbs connected on a first-pitch fastball from John Axford (1-5) for his first home run since June 2.
"Bronson got the short end of the stick," Stubbs said. "He pitched a fantastic game. He just caught a rough break."
Jay Bruce also had a three-run homer for the NL Central-leading Reds, who dropped the defending champion Brewers 8½ games back, matching their biggest deficit of the season.
Arroyo was aware of his no-hitter from the fifth inning on. So were the Brewers, who heard the 32,986 fans cheering a little bit louder with each out they made.
Arroyo's no-hit drama ended abruptly. He walked George Kottaras with one out in the eighth, then gave up a double by Taylor Green -- in a 1-for-22 slump -- that landed just inside the right-field line.
"Probably by the fifth inning, you see the zero up there and you really want to get one," Green said.
"Bronson threw a heck of a ballgame," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "That's how it goes sometimes. I've seen guys lose a no-hitter, and then you try and save the ballgame."
Sean Marshall (2-3) escaped the threat, and Aroldis Chapman struck out three in the ninth for his ninth save in 12 tries, celebrating the three-hitter with a pair of somersaults in front of the mound. Chapman had blown two of his past four save chances by giving up home runs.
Not what the Brewers cared to see. Green was on deck at the final out, but said he didn't notice Chapman's forward rolls.
Told what happened, Green said: "I've never seen that. Two somersaults? That's tough."
Arroyo recovered from one of his worst starts -- only four innings in a 7-1 loss in Cleveland last Wednesday. He got several impressive defensive plays behind him to keep his no-hitter intact into the eighth.
The futility felt familiar to the Brewers, who had been held to one run in three of their past four games. Their past nine losses have come by two runs or fewer.
Milwaukee's Marco Estrada returned from the disabled list and fanned a career-high 12 batters in six innings, but gave up Bruce's 17th homer in the sixth.
For the second successive night, a pitcher set a career high in strikeouts at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati's Mat Latos fanned 13 in a 3-1 complete-game victory in the series opener on Monday.
Estrada had been on the disabled list since May 24 with a strained right thigh. He made two rehab starts at Triple-A and came back as sharp as he's been all season.
The right-hander fanned Zack Cozart on a 91 mph fastball to open the Reds' first inning, and kept going. He struck out six of the first nine he faced, and had 10 strikeouts -- a career high -- through only five innings.
Estrada gave up a double by Joey Votto in the sixth, a single by Brandon Phillips and Bruce's drive, which made it 64 consecutive games at Great American with at least one home run. It's the longest such streak since Coors Field had 80 games with one from 2002-03, according to STATS LLC.
|The Reds' Bronson Arroyo allows only one man to reach until the eighth inning, when his no-hit bid is broken up. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF-CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.280|
|Nyjer Morgan, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.238|
|a- Cody Ransom, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.198|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.311|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.267|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|b- Carlos Gomez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.238|
|George Kottaras, C||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.236|
|c- Martin Maldonado, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.257|
|Taylor Green, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|d- Corey Hart, PH-RF||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.246|
|Marco Estrada, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.091|
|Tim Dillard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Rickie Weeks, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.184|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-popped out for Morgan in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Ishikawa in the 9th|
|c-struck out for Kottaras in the 9th|
|d-doubled for Izturis in the 8th|
|e-fouled out for Dillard in the 8th|
|2B - Taylor Green (7, Arroyo), Corey Hart (21, Arroyo)|
|RBI - Norichika Aoki (14), Corey Hart 2 (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (4)|
|SB - Norichika Aoki (10, 2nd base off Marshall/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|John Axford (L,1-5)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||5.22|
|Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 95-62, Tim Dillard 10-9, John Axford 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 2-4, Tim Dillard 1-1, John Axford 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 25, Tim Dillard 3, John Axford 4|
|Zack Cozart, SS||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Drew Stubbs, CF||3||1||1||1||1||2||0||.243|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||3||1||.353|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||.287|
|Jay Bruce, RF||3||1||1||3||1||1||0||.253|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.197|
|Ryan Ludwick, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.223|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.200|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aroldis Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Joey Votto (31, M. Estrada)|
|HR - Drew Stubbs (8, Axford), Jay Bruce (17, M. Estrada)|
|RBI - Drew Stubbs (19), Jay Bruce 3 (51)|
|SB - Drew Stubbs (15, 2nd base off M. Estrada/Kottaras)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Sean Marshall (W,2-3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.79|
|Aroldis Chapman (S,9)||1||0||0||0||1||3||0||1.98|
|HBP - Braun (by Bronson Arroyo)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 105-69, Sean Marshall 4-3, Aroldis Chapman 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 7-12|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 28, Sean Marshall 1, Aroldis Chapman 4|
|Attendance - 32986|
|Game Time - 2:28|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Tim Timmons|