Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2

A little heat and humidity shortened Bronson Arroyo’s evening

Monday but didn’t lessen his impact.

Arroyo pitched six strong innings and homered in the sixth

inning for the go-ahead run of the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-2 victory

over the fading Arizona Diamondbacks.

”Things are kind of working out a little bit,” Arroyo said.

”I’m feeling good, but I’ve been feeling good all year. Sometimes

you have to get things going and they’ve been going to last six

weeks.”

Arroyo (11-7) allowed two runs and five hits for his fourth

straight win. He took himself out after the sixth, having pitched

out of trouble in the fourth and run the bases in the top of the

inning.

”There was a kind of a weird vibe all day,” Arroyo said. ”It

was a little humid and I just felt like I was gassed. It was a good

time to turn it over. With the bullpen we have it’s nice to know

you can go out and maybe give up a little sooner than you would

otherwise and still win.”

Sean Marshall came on in the seventh, Jonathan Broxton pitched

the eighth and Aroldis Chapman retired the side in the ninth for

his 32nd save.

”We take the blessings that we have been given,” Reds manager

Dusty Baker said with a smile.

Brandon Phillips added an RBI double for the Reds, who remained

six games ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central and gave Baker his

400th win with the club.

Justin Upton drove in both runs for the Diamondbacks, who have

lost four straight and six of eight during their 10-game

homestand.

Arizona slipped below the .500 mark for the first time since

August 15 and trails San Francisco by 7 1-2 games in the NL West

with 33 to play.

With two outs in the sixth, Arroyo lofted a pitch from Tyler

Skaggs toward the left-field bleachers where it struck a railing

and ricocheted to the left and back onto the field.

Umpires, apparently believing the ball had hit the top of the

fence initially called the ball in play and Arroyo stopped at

second, but after a video review he was awarded his sixth career

home run.

”We knew the ball ricocheted too hard to hit off the wall,”

Baker said. ”Thank God for instant replay.”

Skaggs (1-1), making his second career start, gave up three runs

on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and

hit a pair of batters.

”It felt good but I need to cut down on the walks, the walks

and the hit batters,” Skaggs said. ”I think it would help my

outing a little bit.”

Upton gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo

home run to left. The Reds tied the game in the top of the third

when Wilson Valdez singled and scored on Phillips’ double to

center.

Cincinnati added an unearned run in the fourth when first

baseman Paul Goldschmidt couldn’t handle a throw from Skaggs,

allowing Scott Rolen to score from third. Upton knotted the score

in the bottom of the inning, singling home Aaron Hill with one

out.

”With him (Arroyo), you just kind of have to get a pitch to hit

and make sure he’s on the plate,” Upton said. ”He works the

corners a lot.”

NOTES: Chapman has converted a franchise record 24 straight save

chances. . Baker is the seventh manager in Reds’ history to collect

at least 400 wins. . Arroyo’s last home run was June 17, 2010

against the Los Angeles Dodgers. … Reds 1B Joey Votto, out with a

left knee injury since July 17, did not work out with Class A

Dayton because of inclement weather. He’s expected to begin his

rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday, weather permitting. … RHP

Johnny Cueto (16-6) will take the mound on Tuesday night for the

Reds against Arizona rookie LHP Wade Miley (14-8). Cueto is tied

with Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey

for the NL lead in wins and leads the NL with a 2.47 ERA. With the

trade of Joe Saunders to Baltimore, the 25-year-old Miley is the

second-oldest pitcher in the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation.