PHILADELPHIA — Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, and Jay Bruce homered to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
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 Fransden reached on an infield single leading off the ninth for the other hits off Arroyo, who is 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his last seven starts.
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 (6-9) staked Cincinnati to a 2-0 lead.
Never miss a local story.
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.
The Reds are 27-11 without Joey Votto, on the DL since July 17.