PITTSBURGH (AP) - Bronson Arroyo limited Pittsburgh to one run
over seven-plus innings, Scott Rolen and Laynce Nix doubled in runs
and the Cincinnati Reds held off the Pirates to win 2-1 on Monday
Arroyo (2-2), trying for his fourth career shutout, had
permitted only three singles until Ronny Cedeno led off the eighth
by homering down the left-field line, his third of the season.
Manager Dusty Baker lifted Arroyo after Delwyn Young followed
with a pinch-hit single, and reliever Arthur Rhodes got the next
Arroyo couldn't have been much sharper until the eighth,
retiring the side in order four times while not permitting a runner
past second base until Cedeno homered. The right-hander struck out
two and walked one, throwing 72 of 103 pitches for strikes. He
lasted at least six innings for the sixth time in seven starts.
Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13
opportunities, stranding the potential tying run at third by
getting Cedeno to ground into a force play. The Reds won for the
10th time in 14 games.
Cincinnati scored what proved to be the winning run after
Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche couldn't make a backhanded stop
of Joey Votto's grounder in the eighth, his fourth error in four
games and third in two games. Rolen doubled into the right-center
gap off Evan Meek to make it 2-0.
Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (0-1) pitched four innings
in his second start of the season, giving up three hits and walking
four while throwing 84 pitches. Ohlendorf came off the disabled
list - he was bothered by back spasms - to start for the first time
since April 7 against the Dodgers, the Pirates' second game.
The Reds' only run off Ohlendorf came in the fourth. Jay Bruce
singled with one out and Nix doubled to left field, with Bruce
barely beating the relay throw to the plate to score.
Reds third base coach Mark Berry wasn't as fortunate when he
gambled by sending Johnny Gomes homes on Orlando Cabrera's double
with two out in the ninth as Gomes was tagged out by Doumit on
shortstop Cedeno's relay throw.
NOTES: The Pirates designated RH Brian Bass for assignment to
create a roster spot for Ohlendorf. ... The Reds were swept in
Pittsburgh from April 16-18. ... Stubbs is 4-for-16 since being
dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the order. He hit .174 batting
leadoff. ... Arroyo, a former Pirates pitcher who was released
after the 2002 season, fell an inning short of making his ninth
start of at least eight innings with no more than one run allowed
since the start of last season. ... Left fielder Nix made an
excellent running catch of Aki Iwamura's fly ball to left-center in
the sixth. ... The Pirates are 10-3 in games decided by no more
than two runs.
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