Kennedy guides Diamondbacks over RedsApr 21, 2011 - 4:01 AM
Ryan Roberts added an RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight. Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Kennedy (2-1) picked up the win after allowing four hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings. J.J. Putz earned his fifth save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth.
"Ian (Kennedy) was pretty much stellar, you know," said catcher Miguel Montero. "He threw strikes ... he was on."
Joey Votto went 2-for-4 and provided the lone RBI for the Reds, who have lost four straight and nine of their last 13.
Bronson Arroyo (2-2) settled down after early-inning jitters to pitch 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs in the loss. He struck out eight batters.
"We're just getting beat to the punch right now," said Arroyo. "They are just scoring first, getting big hits and we're not when we need it and, you know, that's baseball."
The Diamondbacks got to Arroyo early, beginning with a Willie Bloomquist leadoff double in the top of the first. Kelly Johnson followed with a double to right field, moving Bloomquist to third, before Upton got Arizona on the board with a fly ball to center.
The top of the second again saw Arizona lead off with a double, as Drew lined an 0-2 cutter into left field. After a Roberts fly ball to right moved Drew to third, Kennedy dribbled a soft grounder to third baseman Scott Rolen, scoring Drew on a fielder's choice.
Arroyo settled down significantly after the Kennedy RBI, retiring the next 14 batters in order before Drew singled on a soft liner to left in the top of the seventh. Roberts followed with a double, scoring Drew and padding the Diamondbacks' lead.
"Arroyo, I think he did a good job," said Montero. "It was a quality start, he kept us off balance. Fortunately we got a couple hits in a good situation."
Cincinnati's lone run came in the bottom of the sixth, when Votto ripped a one-out double into the right field corner, driving in Drew Stubbs, who reached earlier with a leadoff walk.
The combination of Juan Gutierrez, Sam Demel and David Hernandez acted as the bridge to Putz, throwing a combined 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Arizona has played five straight games decided by three runs or less and has gone 3-2 over that span...Upton, who had hit safely in nine of 10 games entering Wednesday, was held hitless, while Chris Young, who had hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, was also held hitless.
- ARIZONA: 3
Apr 20 10:15 PM
- Ryan Roberts doubled to center scoring Stephen Drew. Runner on second with one out and Miguel Montero due up.
Diamondbacks 3, Reds 1 Top 7, 1 OutApr 20 9:22 PM
- Joey Votto doubled to right scoring Drew Stubbs. Runner on second with one out and Scott Rolen due up.
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 1 Bot 6, 1 OutApr 20 9:05 PM
- Willie Bloomquist popped out to first to end the inning.
Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0 Mid 2Apr 20 7:46 PM
- Justin Upton sacrifice fly out to center scored Willie Bloomquist. Runner on second with one out and Russell Branyan due up.
Diamondbacks 1, Reds 0 Top 1, 1 OutApr 20 7:16 PM
- ARIZONA: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 20 7:10 PM
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