Cincinnati at Philadelphia

Scoreboard
Cincinnati (76-49) «0000200103111
Philadelphia (57-67)000010001241

Reds' Arroyo handles Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

PHILADELPHIA -- Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds remained red hot.

Arroyo allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, and Jay Bruce homered to lead Cincinnati to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

More on Reds-Phillies
Related links
More MLB coverage

It was the 10th win in 13 games for the Reds, who moved a season-high 27 games over .500

Arroyo (10-7), who gave up both runs while striking out four and walking none, retired the first 14 batters before Domonic Brown's two-out homer in the fifth. Brown doubled off the wall in right-center with one out in the eighth and pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen reached on an infield single leading off the ninth for the other hits off Arroyo.

"I had good stuff," Arroyo said. "I was hitting my spots on both sides of the plate. It's one of the best games I've thrown."

Other than that, the Phillies didn't have anything close to a hit off Arroyo, who was 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA in his last seven regular-season starts against the Phillies. But Arroyo has been hot lately, improving to 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his last seven starts.

"He pitched a great game," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "Low pitch count, great location, used all his pitches and the defense played great behind him. No walks was the key. You can't walk people in this ballpark."

Aroldis Chapman relieved Arroyo after Fransden's hit. Fransden went to second on Chapman's wild pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Ty Wigginton's one-out single to right. Wigginton's broken bat caromed into the back of Chapman's left leg and the lefty limped around but remained in the game after a visit from the trainer. Chapman then got Chase Utley to fly out and Ryan Howard to line out sharply to left for his 31st save in 35 chances.

Run-scoring singles by Drew Stubbs and Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning off Philadelphia starter Vance Worley staked Cincinnati to a 2-0 lead.

Worley (6-9) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. It was Worley's third straight loss but the longest outing in four starts for the righty, who has one win in his last seven starts.

"Things just haven't gone our way," said Worley, who was noticeably frustrated on the mound. "If it can go wrong for us, it goes wrong. I want to win; nobody likes losing. I need to do a better job of hiding [his frustration], but it's been a long season."

The five-time NL East defending champion Phillies dropped 10 games under .500.

Brown was a bright spot for Philadelphia, launching Arroyo's first pitch -- a 90 mph sinker -- deep into the seats in right field for his first homer of the season and eighth in 324 career at-bats.

"I'm just trying to do whatever I can for the team," Brown said.

Said Arroyo, "I really didn't know a lot about him. I threw a sinker and he hit it out of the park. I had no history on him."

Bruce led off the eighth and gave the Reds a 3-1 lead with a towering homer off the concrete wall below the second deck in right off right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom.

Brown lost Bruce's pop fly in the lights in the fourth inning, leading to a triple. But the right fielder made two strong defensive plays, a full-out sprinting dive to his right to rob Arroyo of extra bases in the second and an excellent throw to nail Bruce at the plate trying to score on Todd Frazier's medium fly ball in the fourth.

"I already messed up a ball and was trying to make a play for Vance," Brown said.

Philadelphia got two runners on base in the eighth when Placido Polanco followed Brown's double by reaching on third baseman Scott Rolen's fielding error. But the Reds ended the inning with a sensational double play on Brian Schneider's grounder up the middle. Shortstop Zack Cozart ranged behind the bag at second, fielded with his glove and flipped to Brandon Phillips. Phillips jumped and caught the ball, then spun in one motion for a one-hop throw to first that was cleanly picked by Frazier.

Notes

  • The Reds are 27-11 without Joey Votto, who has been on the DL since July 17 with a left knee injury.
  • After winning seven straight against the Reds, Philadelphia has lost two straight to Cincinnati.
  • On Retro `90s Night, the Phillies wore maroon and white pinstriped uniforms from the 1991 season.
  • Phillies lefty Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) is scheduled to face Cincinnati righty Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44) Thursday night in the conclusion of the four-game series.
 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
The Reds' Bronson Arroyo sets down the first 14 batters he faces en route to his win against the Phillies.   (US Presswire)
The Reds' Bronson Arroyo sets down the first 14 batters he faces en route to his win against the Phillies. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
Philadelphia

D. Brown
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

Related Video

December 3, 2014
Giovani Bernard joins Jim Rome (4:47)
December 2, 2014
La Canfora on Steelers at Bengals
(2:10)
November 4, 2014
La Canfora previews Browns at Bengals
(2:49)
December 17, 2014
Eagles at Redskins Preview
(2:26)
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS5020003 .253
Drew Stubbs, CF5111031 .230
Brandon Phillips, 2B5010001 .289
Ryan Ludwick, LF4021010 .270
Jay Bruce, RF4121014 .260
Scott Rolen, 3B3000000 .245
Todd Frazier, 1B3010102 .294
Ryan Hanigan, C3120101 .293
Bronson Arroyo, P3000003 .146
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals35311325  
Batting
3B - Jay Bruce (3, Worley)
HR - Jay Bruce (26, Lindblom)
SH - Bronson Arroyo (4)
RBI - Drew Stubbs (39), Ryan Ludwick (70), Jay Bruce (79)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs (18), Ryan Ludwick (28)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cozart-B. Phillips-Frazier
E - Scott Rolen (9, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,10-7) 8322041 3.87
Aroldis Chapman (S,31) 1100000 1.31
WP - Aroldis Chapman (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 86-61, Aroldis Chapman 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 12-8
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 27, Aroldis Chapman 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000001 .238
Juan Pierre, LF3000000 .304
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1011000 .234
    Michael Martinez, PR0000000 .153
Chase Utley, 2B4000011 .247
Ryan Howard, 1B4000021 .248
John Mayberry Jr., CF3000000 .234
Domonic Brown, RF3121000 .282
Placido Polanco, 3B3000000 .258
Brian Schneider, C3000001 .227
Vance Worley, P1000010 .083
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000000 .247
    Josh Lindblom, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
   c- Kevin Frandsen, PH1110000 .358
Totals3124204  
a-singled for Pierre in the 9th
b-flied out for Worley in the 6th
c-singled for Valdes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Domonic Brown (6, Arroyo)
HR - Domonic Brown (1, Arroyo)
RBI - Ty Wigginton (39), Domonic Brown (11)
2-OUT RBI - Domonic Brown (3)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Domonic Brown 1
DP - Brown-Schneider, Polanco-Utley-Howard
E - Jimmy Rollins (10, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley (L,6-9) 6822230 4.06
Josh Lindblom 2211011 3.72
Raul Valdes 1100010 3.25
HBP - Rolen (by Vance Worley)
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 98-63, Josh Lindblom 19-13, Raul Valdes 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 6-8, Raul Valdes 1-0
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 28, Josh Lindblom 8, Raul Valdes 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41794
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Dan Iassogna