Cincinnati Reds

‘Funny game' finally shines on Arroyo

CLEVELAND — Bronson Arroyo says he pitched worse and somehow got much better results.

The Cincinnati Reds' right-hander bounced back from the worst start of his career and Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer in a 9-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Arroyo (5-7) struck out six and gave up two runs over six innings for the Reds, who took five of six from their interleague and intrastate rivals this season.

Edwin Encarnacion, back in the Reds' lineup after missing five games with back spasms, hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth off Aaron Laffey (4-5). Dunn connected off Rick Bauer in the seventh, a 412-foot shot to right that was his 20th of the season and fifth against Cleveland.

Dunn, well known as a streak hitter, hit .300 (6-for-20) with 10 RBI against the Indians.

“When I'm going bad, I'm the worst,” said Dunn, who is batting .224 overall. “Hopefully, I'll eliminate the bad stretches and keep this going.”

Arroyo won for the first time in six starts since May 26. Tuesday in Toronto, the right-hander was rocked for 10 runs, including four in the second inning when he didn't get an out. That dropped him to 0-3 with a 10.07 ERA in five starts in June.

“I threw a lot more bad pitches today than I did in Toronto,” Arroyo said. “I hung a lot of breaking balls. I got away with a lot. They were popping them up. It shows how strange this game is sometimes.

“After the first inning, (pitching coach) Dick Pole said, ‘It must be turning for you. You hung two curveballs and got out of it.' It's a funny game.”

Grady Sizemore ruined Arroyo's shutout bid by leading off the sixth with his 19th homer.

The Indians went 6-12 against NL teams and have lost eight of their last 12 overall. Monday, they go to Chicago to open an eight-game trip — all against AL Central opponents.

It will be the most crucial stretch of the season for the injury-riddled Indians.

“It is going to make it or break it for us,” Indians Manager Eric Wedge said.

More losses could lead general manager Mark Shapiro to decide to dump high-priced veterans — including free-agent-to-be C.C. Sabathia, the reigning AL Cy Young winner.

“We're trying to hold the fort until we get guys back,” Sabathia said.

Cincinnati opens a seven-game homestand Monday against Pittsburgh after going 5-4 on its first winning trip of the season.

“It means a lot to me,” Manager Dusty Baker said of the Reds, who have won only two of 22 trips since 2006.

Reds DH Ken Griffey Jr., went 1-for-4 Sunday and is in a 2-for-23 (.087) slump. Outfielder Jay Bruce, in a 5-for-23 (.217) slump, and first baseman Joey Votto, in a 3-for-19 (.158) skid, were out of the Reds' lineup.

Reds 9, Indians 5

Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Hairston cf-lf 5 1 2 0 0 0 .324

Keppinger ss 4 1 2 1 1 0 .322

Griffey Jr. dh 5 0 1 0 0 0 .234

BPhillips 2b 5 3 3 1 0 0 .276

EEncarnacion 3b 3 2 2 3 2 1 .246

Dunn lf 3 1 1 3 0 1 .224

CPatterson cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .189

Valentin 1b 4 0 1 0 1 0 .222

Hopper rf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .204

DRoss c 4 1 2 0 0 0 .244

Totals 38 9 14 8 4 3

Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Sizemore cf 5 1 2 1 0 0 .268

Blake 1b 3 0 1 0 2 2 .281

BFrancisco rf 4 2 1 2 1 1 .286

Peralta ss 5 1 2 0 0 2 .244

Choo dh 5 0 1 0 0 1 .268

Shoppach c 4 0 1 1 0 2 .248

Dellucci lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .217

AMarte 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .127

Velandia 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .143

Totals 38 5 11 4 3 10

Cincinnati 000 050 301—9 14 2

Cleveland 000 002 012—5 11 0

E—Hairston (4), EEncarnacion (11). LOB—Cincinnati 8, Cleveland 9. 2B—Hairston (14), Keppinger (9), BPhillips (16), Valentin (4), DRoss (4), Peralta (17), Choo (8), Shoppach (10). HR—BFrancisco (6), off Affeldt; Dunn (20), off Bauer; Sizemore (19), off Arroyo; EEncarnacion (13), off Laffey. RBI—Keppinger (22), BPhillips (47), EEncarnacion 3 (32), Dunn 3 (48), Sizemore (45), BFrancisco 2 (28), Shoppach (17). SB—BPhillips 2 (16), Sizemore (19). GIDP—BPhillips, Dunn.

Runners left in scoring position—Cincinnati 4 (Hairston, Griffey Jr., Valentin 2); Cleveland 7 (BFrancisco 3, Peralta, Choo, Shoppach, AMarte).

Runners moved up—Griffey Jr., Choo, Dellucci.

DP—Cleveland 2 (AMarte, Velandia and Blake), (Blake, AMarte and Blake).

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Arroyo W, 5-7 6 5 2 1 2 6 94 6.19

Lincoln⅔2 0 0 1 1 17 4.50

Majewski 1⅓2 1 1 0 1 27 5.68

Affeldt 1 2 2 0 0 2 19 4.17

Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Laffey L, 4-5 5 8 5 5 1 2 88 3.24

Bauer 2 3 3 3 1 0 47 13.50

Mujica 1 1 0 0 1 0 18 7.36

RBetancourt 1 2 1 1 1 1 24 6.14

Inherited runners-scored—Majewski 3-0.

HBP—by Laffey (Dunn 2). WP—Laffey.

Umpires—Home, Tim Welke; First, Chuck Meriwether; Second, Bill Welke; Third, Chris Guccione.

T—3:09. A—37,079 (43,545).

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