Braves Rally Falls Short

ATLANTA (AP) _ Bronson Arroyo shut out Atlanta for seven
innings, Jeff Keppinger capitalized on a rare start by hitting a
two-run double and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Atlanta
Braves 6-to-5 Tuesday night.
Arroyo (4-10) matched his season low by giving up only three
hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts. He did not
allow a run in a start for the first time since September 25th
against the Chicago Cubs.
Ken Griffey Junior and Brandon Phillips added two-run singles in
a four-run seventh inning before the Braves answered with four runs
off Mike Stanton in the eighth.
Arroyo began tonight's game ranking among the National League
leaders in losses, hits and runs allowed. He struck out the side in
the first inning and was rarely threatened.
Andruw Jones hit a two-run homer deep into the left-field seats
off Stanton. The Braves extended the rally as Brian McCann singled,
Jeff Francoeur walked and Kelly Johnson hit a two-run triple to the
center-field wall, cutting the Reds' lead to 6-to-4.
David Weathers ended the inning by getting Jarrod Saltalamacchia
to line out to shortstop. He got three outs in the ninth for his
18th save in 21 chances.
Chipper Jones drove in Edgar Renteria with a two-out single in
the ninth, but Andruw Jones flied out to the warning track in left
to end the game.
Braves rookie Jo-Jo Reyes, making his second start, gave up
eight hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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