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Monday, June 3, 2013

Bronson Arroyo and Reds Blank Rocks

The Reds rebounded from a tough loss in Pittsburgh by turning in its third shutout in four games,  breaking the Rockies with a 3-0 triumph.


Bronson Arroyo stifled the Rockies for eight innings, allowing just five hits.  He didn't walk anyone and struck out three.

"I didn't have amazing stuff," Arroyo said. "Things just worked out. It was one of those games. I was able to keep guys off second base. Had some quick innings, kept my pitch count down. Some days the ball bounces your way".

On rebounding from the loss to Cleveland in which he gave up a three-run home run to Jason Giambi in a 5-2 loss.

"That's baseball. I probably had similar stuff two games in a row but tonight it worked out," Arroyo said.

The Reds scored four runs in the first inning on Sunday but didn't score the rest of the day in an 11-inning loss to the Pirates.

Young Tyler Chatwood held the Reds scoreless for eight innings before Cincinnati scored its first run in 13 innings.

Jay Bruce singled with two outs, then stole secondbase. It was his first stolen base of the season.  Todd Frazier dumped a single into left.  Bruce beat Carlos Gonzalez throw home.

The Reds held a tenuous one-run lead until Bruce unloaded his ninth home run of the year off lefthander Josh Outman with Zack Cozart on base in the eighth.  Bruce's last two home runs have been off lefthanders.  He hit one off Wandy Rodriguez of Pittsburgh on Friday.  Cozart's single to open the eighth extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley left the game with a headache after being hit with a foul ball. He was removed for precautionary reasons after the Rockies batted in the second inning.

"I had a little headache," Danley said. "I'm just day to day.  I hope to be back Wednesday.  It was just a precaution.  I had a concussion about two weeks ago. I don't remember who the batter was.  It is just a little heachache. I don't have any more to add."

Chatwood left the game with soreness in his right triceps after four innings.

There was a strange play Rockies seventh inning.

Michael Cuddyer singled with one out.  On a hit and run play, Todd Helton hit what appeared to be a pop fly to Frazier at third.  Frazier made a routine catch and fired to first to complete what appeared to be a double play.  The umpires determined the it was a ground ball, prompting a brief argument from the Reds' manager Dusty Baker.

"We ruled it a ground ball," crew chief Gary Cederstrom said. "It hit the bat first. By looking at replay it looked like the ball hit the ground. The bat hit the ground.  The bat hit the ball. Then the ball went in the air.  We had a lot of things happening. We deciphered on the field that it was a ground ball that we felt it was a ground ball that the ball was hit off the ground into the air."

Arroyo got Wilin Rosario to fly out to right.

 "That was really the only scary part of the game. A lot of times those things can come back to bite you", Arroyo said.

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