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Arroyo shelled early in setback

Arroyo shelled early in setback
CINCINNATI - Four shutouts in six games, and then this. Talk about going from one extreme to the other.

Rather than keep the Cincinnati Reds' string of dominant pitching performances alive, Bronson Arroyo fell directly on his face Wednesday, May 6, in the opener of a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Arroyo gave up nine earned runs in an inning-plus as the Reds were hammered 15-3 by their National League Central rival in front of a tiny crowd (10,982 announced) that waited out a 46-minute rain delay at the start and likely regretted it.

The Reds lead the majors with 10 road wins, but they are now 4-8 in Great American Ball Park.

Pitching had been carrying the Reds . They entered play with the best collective earnedrun average in the majors, sending archivists rummaging through record books in search of the last time anything like this had occurred.

On this night, the Brewers showed no evidence of being the slightest bit impressed with manager Dusty Baker's starter. Arroyo brought little more to the mound than his glove, and they bashed him for five firstinning runs.

It would have been 6-0 had Jay Bruce not gunned down Rickie Weeks attempting to score on Craig Counsell's single two batters into the game. Two walks and a Corey Hart two-run single later, J.J. Hardy popped a three-run homer to right field.

Arroyo faced four batters in the second. When they all scored on Ryan Braun's grand slam, a pitching change was made, but not before Arroyo's ERA had blossomed from 4.91 to 7.14.

It's been feast or famine for Arroyo lately. In his last three starts, the lanky right-hander has given up nine earned runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Braves, zero runs in eight innings against the Pirates and nine earned in an inning-plus against the Brewers.

Good pitching news for the Reds was limited to a scoreless relief inning from David Weathers, tying Cy Young for 19th place all-time with his 906th career appearance.

Shortstop Paul Janish pitched the ninth inning, becoming the first Reds position player to take the mound since Lenny Harris in 1998. While Janish did strike out two batters, he allowed five runs.

Arroyo's regression made it an easy night for Brewers lefty Manny Parra, who had been 0-4 with a 5.33 ERA.

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