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PHOENIX -- A little heat and humidity shortened Bronson Arroyo's evening Monday but didn't lessen his impact.

Arroyo pitched six strong innings and homered in the sixth inning for the go-ahead run of the Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 victory over the fading Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Things are kind of working out a little bit," Arroyo said. "I'm feeling good, but I've been feeling good all year. Sometimes you have to get things going and they've been going to last six weeks."

Arroyo (11-7) allowed two runs and five hits for his fourth straight win. He took himself out after the sixth, having pitched out of trouble in the fourth and run the bases in the top of the inning.

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"There was a kind of a weird vibe all day," Arroyo said. "It was a little humid and I just felt like I was gassed. It was a good time to turn it over. With the bullpen we have it's nice to know you can go out and maybe give up a little sooner than you would otherwise and still win."

Sean Marshall came on in the seventh, Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.

"We take the blessings that we have been given," Reds manager Dusty Baker said with a smile.

Brandon Phillips added an RBI double for the Reds, who remained six games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central and gave Baker his 400th win with the club.

Justin Upton drove in both runs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four straight and six of eight during their 10-game homestand.

Arizona slipped below the .500 mark for the first time since August 15 and trails San Francisco by 7½ games in the NL West with 33 to play.

With two outs in the sixth, Arroyo lofted a pitch from Tyler Skaggs toward the left-field bleachers where it struck a railing and ricocheted to the left and back onto the field.

Umpires, apparently believing the ball had hit the top of the fence initially called the ball in play and Arroyo stopped at second, but after a video review he was awarded his sixth career home run.

"We knew the ball ricocheted too hard to hit off the wall," Baker said. "Thank God for instant replay."

Skaggs (1-1), making his second career start, gave up three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and hit a pair of batters.

"It felt good but I need to cut down on the walks, the walks and the hit batters," Skaggs said. "I think it would help my outing a little bit."

Upton gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo home run to left. The Reds tied the game in the top of the third when Wilson Valdez singled and scored on Phillips' double to center.

Cincinnati added an unearned run in the fourth when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt couldn't handle a throw from Skaggs, allowing Scott Rolen to score from third. Upton knotted the score in the bottom of the inning, singling home Aaron Hill with one out.

"With him [Arroyo], you just kind of have to get a pitch to hit and make sure he's on the plate," Upton said. "He works the corners a lot."

Notes

Chapman has converted a franchise record 24 straight save chances.. Baker is the seventh manager in Reds' history to collect at least 400 wins.. Arroyo's last home run was June 17, 2010 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Reds 1B Joey Votto, out with a left knee injury since July 17, did not work out with Class A Dayton because of inclement weather. He's expected to begin his rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday, weather permitting. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (16-6) will take the mound on Tuesday night for the Reds against Arizona rookie LHP Wade Miley (14-8). Cueto is tied with Washington's Gio Gonzalez and the New York Mets' R.A. Dickey for the NL lead in wins and leads the NL with a 2.47 ERA. With the trade of Joe Saunders to Baltimore, the 25-year-old Miley is the second-oldest pitcher in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

B. Arroyo
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 1
K 3
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF4000020 .224
Wilson Valdez, SS5110000 .203
Brandon Phillips, 2B3021003 .296
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000122 .276
Jay Bruce, RF4000014 .257
Todd Frazier, 1B4010010 .293
Scott Rolen, 3B4110011 .256
Ryan Hanigan, C3000111 .287
Bronson Arroyo, P3111003 .157
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Xavier Paul, PH1000010 .289
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals3436229  
a-struck out for Broxton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Phillips (27, Skaggs), Todd Frazier (22, Skaggs)
HR - Bronson Arroyo (1, Skaggs)
RBI - Brandon Phillips (68), Bronson Arroyo (2)
2-OUT RBI - Bronson Arroyo (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - B. Phillips-Valdez-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,11-7) 6522131 3.84
Sean Marshall (H,18) 1000010 3.06
Jonathan Broxton (H,4) 1000010 2.89
Aroldis Chapman (S,32) 1000000 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 99-65, Sean Marshall 18-12, Jonathan Broxton 12-8, Aroldis Chapman 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 9-5, Sean Marshall 1-1, Jonathan Broxton 1-1, Aroldis Chapman 2-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 23, Sean Marshall 3, Jonathan Broxton 3, Aroldis Chapman 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4000021 .223
Aaron Hill, 2B4110000 .298
Jason Kubel, LF3010100 .268
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000012 .287
Justin Upton, RF4122001 .279
Miguel Montero, C3000011 .279
Ryan Wheeler, 3B3000010 .196
Jacob Elmore, SS3010000 .167
Tyler Skaggs, P1000000 .000
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
    Matt Albers, P0000000 .000
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1000000 .274
    David Hernandez, P00000001.000
Totals3025215  
a-grounded out for Albers in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (26, Arroyo)
HR - Justin Upton (11, Arroyo)
SH - Tyler Skaggs (1)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (53)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Paul Goldschmidt (7, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (L,1-1) 5.2532251 2.92
Brad Ziegler 1.1100020 2.56
Matt Albers 1000010 2.01
David Hernandez 1000010 2.25
HBP - B. Phillips (by Tyler Skaggs), Stubbs (by Tyler Skaggs)
WP - Tyler Skaggs (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 105-69, Brad Ziegler 15-11, Matt Albers 10-7, David Hernandez 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 4-9, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Matt Albers 2-0, David Hernandez 2-0
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 27, Brad Ziegler 5, Matt Albers 3, David Hernandez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17966
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Derryl Cousins