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Reds waste solid start by Arroyo in loss to Cards

Apr 26, 2007 - 5:18 AM ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Bronson Arroyo just can't seem to catch a break, or get any run support.

Another strong start by Arroyo went in vain as Albert Pujols delivered in the clutch to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of a three-game series.

Arroyo had given up just two earned runs in each of his previous three starts but had only a loss and a pair of no-decisions to show for his efforts. He was even better against the Cardinals, yielding a run and five hits in seven innings, but he again did not factor in the decision.

"That's the way it goes I guess," said Arroyo, who threw 65 of 96 pitches for strikes. "I feel like I'm throwing the ball well, I'm commanding everything I want to do. It's frustrating. For my team not to win ballgames anytime I've been out there is disappointing."

"Bronson was outstanding," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "If he continues and I'm sure he'll continue to pitch well he'll get it going and have a real good year. We're going to start hitting."

Kirk Saarloos came on to start the eighth for the Reds, and the Cardinals pounced, scoring four times in the frame to take a 5-1 lead. Pujols delivered the big blow, lining a 2-2 pitch into right-center field for a two-run double that snapped a 1-1 tie.

"I tried to make it simple, go back to my basics," Pujols said. "I just tried to get the ball deep (in the zone), put on my best swing, and I was able to hit the ball in the gap."

"I just threw a back-door sinker that caught too much plate," Saarloos said. "(Pujols) didn't try to pull it and hit it to right-center. He did a good job with the pitch, it's just disappointing, kind of a bad effort for me today."

Saarloos (0-2) allowed four runs - two earned - two hits and two walks without recording an out.

Braden Looper turned in a solid start for the Cardinals, who recorded just their second win in nine home games. Looper allowed one run and three hits in seven innings while striking out four and issuing a pair of walks.

"I felt pretty good," said Looper, who carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. "I was able to throw in the bottom of the strike zone, it was probably some of the best control, for the majority of the game, that I've had."

"For him to go seven innings like that was outstanding," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "That was really, really strong pitching."

Randy Flores (1-0) allowed a run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings to record the win and Jason Isringhausen came on in the ninth to get the final out and earn his fifth save.

Jim Edmonds gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the fourth. Cincinnati rookie Josh Hamilton tied the game with his N.L. rookie leading sixth home run to center in the sixth inning.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 1
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 x 5 7 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, KIRK SAARLOOS (8TH), JON COUTLANGUS (8TH),
    VICTOR SANTOS (8TH) AND DAVID ROSS
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER, RUSS SPRINGER (8TH), RANDY FLORES
    (8TH), J

    Apr 25 10:41 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT HATTEBERG SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S HATTEBERG ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    ST LOUIS 5 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A GONZALEZ (.306, 2-FOR-3)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 25 10:35 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ALEX GONZALEZ ALLOWED SCOTT ROLEN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, P WILSON ON SECOND, S TAGUCHI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ST LOUIS 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A KENNEDY (.200, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 25 10:23 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED DAVID ECKSTEIN AND CHRIS
    DUNCAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A PUJOLS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ST LOUIS 3 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S ROLEN (.290, 1-FOR-3)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 25 10:12 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: S Schumaker hit for B Looper.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: S Schumaker (.154, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

    Apr 25 9:49 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A KENNEDY (.204, 0-FOR-2)
    Y MOLINA (.245, 1-FOR-2)
    B LOOPER (.111, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 25 9:43 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSH HAMILTON (6) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BRADEN LOOPER.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, ST LOUIS 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.228, 0-FOR-1, SAC)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 25 9:22 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.300, 0-FOR-0, BB)
    A GONZALEZ (.283, 0-FOR-1)
    D ROSS (.136, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 25 9:05 PM


  • NL
    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JIM EDMONDS SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J EDMONDS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    ST LOUIS 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: P WILSON (.240, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. CardinalsApr 25 9:00 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 0
    ST LOUIS 0 0 1 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO
    STL - BRADEN LOOPER

    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: P WILSON (.245, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
    A KENNEDY (.212, 0 HR, 4 RBI)
    Y MOLINA (.235, 0 HR, 3 RBI

    Apr 25 8:32 PM