CINCINNATI (AP) - Trying to move closer toward a personal goal,
Bronson Arroyo took matters into his own hands.
Arroyo pitched a six-hitter and the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up
their home schedule Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston
Arroyo takes pride in pitching 200 innings a season, as he has
done in each of the past six seasons. With two starts left, he was
18 innings short and needed two complete games to reach the
One is in the books.
"I've said my whole career, I'd like to come in one day and
have the manager tell me I have nine innings, even if I give up 14
runs," Arroyo said. "Durability is the mark of a starting
Arroyo has had a frustrating year, setting a team record by
allowing 44 home runs. That's four short of the NL record and six
shy of the major league mark.
"People were talking about taking him out of the rotation so he
didn't break the home run record," manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm
glad for him. It's been a tough year for him. He's a man. He
competes as hard as any player I've been around. I wouldn't bet
against him getting his 200 innings."
Miguel Cairo homered as Cincinnati finished 42-39 at Great
American Ball Park. The Reds drew 2,213,498 this season, an
increase of 152,948 over last year's attendance when they won the
The game took only 2 hours, 12 minutes, the fastest of the
season for the Reds. There was a 4-minute delay before the fourth
inning because of flashing lights triggered by a fire alarm.
Arroyo (9-12), who had been 0-2 over his previous four starts,
retired his first 10 batters. He didn't allow a hit until Carlos
Lee led off the fifth with a soft single just over the glove of a
leaping Cairo at third base.
Arroyo walked none and struck out two. He needed just 91 pitches
in his fourth career shutout and first since beating Washington on
Aug. 13, 2009.
Houston didn't get runner to third until the eighth and Arroyo
responded by striking out pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic and Jordan
The Houston hitters were swinging early in the count.
"They helped Bronson some with first-ball hitting," Baker
Arroyo is 8-0 with three complete games in his last nine starts
"Today was frustrating and disappointing," Astros manager Brad
Mills said. "We had some opportunities to score and as the game
went on our at bats got better."
The Reds took a 1-0 lead against Wandy Rodriguez (11-11) in the
first when Brandon Phillips led off with an leadoff infield single,
stole second and scored on Chris Heisey's two-out bloop single.
"Wandy pitched well enough to win," Mills said.
Cairo hit a 410-foot drive into the upper deck in left in the
second. It was his career-high eighth homer of the season.
Rodriguez allowed four hits with two walks and four strikeouts
in seven innings. He recorded his 1,000th career strikeout by
fanning Joey Votto leading off the sixth.