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Arroyo Pitches Reds To 3rd Straight Win

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

night.

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

three outs.

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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