CINCINNATI — Bronson Arroyo gave his second straight scoreless performance, using his vast array of pitches to full effect for seven innings, and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Edwin Encarnacion's four hits and two Milwaukee errors to beat the Brewers 4-0 on Friday night.
Arroyo (10-8) was coming off his best showing of the season, a four-hitter for a 3-0 win over the Mets on Saturday. The right-hander kept his scoreless streak going by giving up only five hits. He was also a good lobbyist, persuading Manager Dusty Baker to let him stay in the game with the bases loaded in the seventh. A disputed interference call saved him.
Encarnacion tied his career high with four hits, including a solo homer that left him 7-for-7 in the first two games of the series. Since returning from a broken wrist, the third baseman is batting .385 with three homers in 12 games.
The Reds took control with three unearned runs off Jeff Suppan (5-7), who hasn't won in more than month.
Center fielder Mike Cameron let Encarnacion's single skip through his legs in the fourth inning, allowing Laynce Nix to score from first base. Shortstop J.J. Hardy bounced his throw to first base on Willy Taveras' routine grounder in the fifth, an error that started a two-run rally.
Arroyo has been a pitcher of extremes — before throwing his second career shutout against New York, Arroyo had lost three straight starts, giving up 21 runs in 14 innings.