- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Bronson Arroyo held the Milwaukee Brewers to four hits in six-plus innings, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night.

Arroyo (2-0) was bothered by a flare-up of carpal tunnel syndrome during spring training and didn’t look particularly sharp in winning his first outing of the season. But on Tuesday he gave up his only run on a solo homer by Milwaukee’s J.J. Hardy in the second inning.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who took the first two games of their series with the Brewers and will go for the sweep Wednesday.

Hardy’s second homer of the season was about the only highlight for the Brewers, who have lost four straight and six of their first eight to start the season.

After holding Milwaukee to a run and three hits through the first six innings, Arroyo got into trouble in the seventh. Reliever Daniel Herrera came in with one out and runners on first and second, then ran the count to 3-2 on pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks before inducing a double-play grounder to end the inning.

Milwaukee got a decent performance from starter Manny Parra (0-2), who gave up three hits and three runs in six innings. But walks again were a problem for a member of Milwaukee’s starting staff, as the first two of Parra’s four walks came around to score.

At least Parra made it through the sixth inning, something that hasn’t happened very often for Brewers starters this season. Coming into Tuesday, only two Milwaukee starters had lasted more than five innings.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hairston reached base on a walk and Joey Votto pounded a 3-2 pitch to the wall in right-center for a double, scoring Hairston from first. Hardy tied the game in the second, homering on a 1-1 pitch from Arroyo.

Cincinnati took the lead in the third when Parra walked Willy Taveras and Hairston hit his first home run of the season.

The Brewers then blew a good scoring chance in the third. An infield hit by Ryan Braun loaded the bases for Prince Fielder with two outs, but Fielder hit a lazy fly to left field to end the inning.

Brewers reliever Seth McClung loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but got Edwin Encarnacion _ who hit a grand slam in Monday night’s win _ to fly out deep to center field.

Milwaukee reliever Carlos Villanueva had another rough outing, giving up three runs in the ninth. Brewers third baseman Bill Hall took a groundball off his face in the inning, but remained in the game.

Notes: Brewers manager Ken Macha said struggling starting pitcher Jeff Suppan would be moved back a day in the rotation, giving him an extra day to work out his problems. Yovani Gallardo will start Saturday’s game at the New York Mets, and Suppan will start Sunday. … Reds Encarnacion made a throwing error in the third. … Willy Taveras stole a pair of bases for Cincinnati.

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