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Reds manager Bryan Price plans to give Arroyo more chances because he knows he’s still finding himself after pitching so little the last two-plus seasons because of injuries.
“He’s coming off two and a half years of baseball inactivity for the most part, as far as competition,” Price said. “I think he deserves to have some starts under his belt so we can really evaluate what he has left.”
The Brewers scored four runs against Arroyo in the third. Ryan Braun capped the rally with a two-out, two-run home run. Two innings later, Eric Thames hit a solo home run to give the Brewers a 5-1 lead.
Billy Hamilton got the Reds on the board in the first. He led off the game with a single, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Jose Peraza and scored on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto.
The offense, which scored 18 runs in a three-game sweep of the Pirates earlier in the week in Pittsburgh, struggled the rest of the game. Zack Cozart went 3-for-3, raising his average .481. The rest of the team had two hits.
Brewers at Reds, 7:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410