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[July 18, 2009]  CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bronson Arroyo gave his second straight scoreless performance, using his vast array of pitches to full effect for seven innings, and the Cincinnati Reds took advantage of Edwin Encarnacion's four hits and two Milwaukee errors to beat the Brewers 4-0 on Friday night.

Arroyo (10-8) was coming off his best showing of the season, a four-hitter for a 3-0 win over the Mets on Saturday. The right-hander kept his scoreless streak going by giving up only five hits. He was also a good lobbyist, persuading manager Dusty Baker to let him stay in the game with the bases loaded in the seventh. A disputed interference call saved him.

Encarnacion tied his career high with four hits, including a solo homer that left him 7 for 7 in the first two games of the series. Since returning from a broken wrist, the third baseman is batting .385 with three homers in 12 games.

The Reds took control with three unearned runs off Jeff Suppan (5-7), who hasn't won in more than month.


Center fielder Mike Cameron let Encarnacion's single skip through his legs in the fourth inning, allowing Laynce Nix to score from first base. Shortstop J.J. Hardy bounced his throw to first base on Willy Taveras' routine grounder in the fifth, an error that started a two-run rally. Nix and Encarnacion singled home two-out runs.

The errors undercut Suppan, who is 0-3 with three no-decisions since his last victory on June 12.

Arroyo opened the season fighting a flare-up of carpal tunnel syndrome. He has been a pitcher of extremes - before throwing his second career shutout against New York, Arroyo had lost three straight starts, giving up 21 runs in 14 innings.

On Friday, he not only pitched a good game but talked one, too.

After his walk to Cameron loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, Baker walked to the mound - usually the harbinger of a pitching change. Reliever Nick Masset left the bullpen in center field and headed for the mound.

A little premature.

Baker asked a few questions, Arroyo answered and the manager nodded his head and headed back to the dugout, drawing a cheer from the crowd of 25,687. Arroyo immediately made his manager look good.

All-Star Ryan Braun hit Arroyo's first pitch on the ground to Encarnacion, who threw to Brandon Phillips at second for the forceout. Cameron slid hard beyond the base, making sure there would be no double play, and umpire Kevin Causey called interference for the final out of the inning.

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The four-game series matches two NL Central teams stuck in distinct downturns. The Brewers have lost nine of 12, dropping them into second place behind St. Louis. The Reds have lost six of nine, dropping them into fifth place.

NOTES: Brewers RH Dave Bush got MRIs on his right shoulder and arm in Milwaukee. Results could be available Saturday. Bush struggled in his latest minor-league rehab appearance. He's been on the DL with an injured triceps. ... Reds SS Alex Gonzalez, who had his throwing elbow cleaned out on June 22, made throws across the infield during pregame practice. He could return before the end of the month. ... The Reds optioned RH reliever Josh Roenicke to Triple-A and called up INF Drew Sutton.

[Associated Press; By JOE KAY]

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