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Cincy Edges Atlanta

CINCINNATI (AP) - Josh Hamilton and Jeff Keppinger hit consecutive home runs, and Bronson Arroyo helped himself at the plate as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Wednesday night.

Lance Cormier (0-4) retired the first nine batters he faced before Hamilton hit the first pitch of the fourth inning over the center field wall for his 16th homer of the season. Keppinger followed with his third homer to give Cincinnati a 2-1 lead.

Arroyo gave himself some breathing room in the fifth by driving in Javier Valentin from second base with a single to left field. Edwin Encarnacion went from first to third on the hit and scored when left fielder Willie Harris' throw got past catcher Brian McCann and into the Reds' dugout for an error.

Cormier allowed four hits and four runs, three earned, with a walk and three strikeouts to remain winless in six appearances, including five starts.

The Braves, who trail the New York Mets by six games in the National League East, and the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres by a game in the NL wild card.

McCann led off the fourth with his 15th home run of the season to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Andruw Jones hit a solo shot, his 24th homer of the season, in the sixth inning.

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


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