Cincinnati Reds

Braves jump all over Arroyo

CINCINNATI — Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones already had an impressive track record against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.

Yunel Escobar got angry enough to start building his own.

Escobar, who was hit by a pitch Friday, drove in two runs with a double and a single in the first two innings against Arroyo and hit a a two-run home run in the sixth as Atlanta beat Cincinnati 10-2 on Saturday.

"Getting hit by a pitch motivated me somewhat, but not necessarily," Escobar said through an interpreter. "I thought (Edinson Volquez) threw at me yesterday, but that was yesterday. I just happened to have a good day today."

Just in time, said Manager Bobby Cox, who saw outfielder Garrett Anderson and catcher Brian McCann go on the disabled list Friday and Saturday.

"Escobar broke out," Cox said. "It was good to see. With McCann and Anderson out, we need some guys to pick us up. They can do it."

Jones hit a three-run homer and also drove in four runs while improving to 11-for-23 (.478) with three homers and 10 RBI in his career against Arroyo. The Braves jumped on the right-hander for six runs in the first two innings and handed him his first loss in four starts.

"They're definitely a team that's given me trouble over the last few years," said Arroyo, who is 4-3 with a 6.50 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Braves.

Derek Lowe (2-1) struck out a season-high eight batters in seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out the top three hitters in the Cincinnati batting order with runners on first and second in the fifth.

"I threw a lot of curveballs," Lowe said. "I threw them a lot for strikes. My strikeouts are more by luck. With the score, I'm trying to minimize the damage. If one scores, then maybe I can keep the second run from scoring. The strikeout were huge but they were a bonus."

Plate umpire Mike Estabrook warned Lowe and both benches after Joey Votto was hit by a pitch in the first inning. The benches and bullpens emptied with no punches thrown on Friday when Escobar took a couple of steps toward the mound after being hit by Volquez's pitch.

Escobar went straight to first base after getting hit by Arroyo in the fourth inning.

Estabrook ejected Cincinnati center fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. and Manager Dusty Baker after Hairston objected to a called third strike in the third inning.

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