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Friday, May 30th (All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (23-29) at Arizona Diamondbacks (23-33), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (2-4, 2.79) Arizona - Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.15)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Lanky right-hander Bronson Arroyo faces the Cincinnati Reds for the first time since 2005 on Friday night, when the Arizona Diamondbacks host them at Chase Field for game two of a four-game weekend series.
Arroyo was with the Boston Red Sox when he logged seven innings of one-run ball against them en route to a 6-1 win on June 15, 2005. He became a member of the Reds several months later when Boston sent him to Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Wily Mo Pena.
Arroyo went on to spend eight seasons as a fixture in the Reds rotation, leading the major leagues in starts and winning 105 games over 265 outings before joining the Diamondbacks as a free agent in February when he signed a two-year contract worth $23.5 million.
Arroyo posted an unsightly 9.50 earned run average through his first four starts with Arizona, but has won three of his last four decisions across six starts with a superb 1.90 ERA.
He allowed a run in six innings of his last start, which yielded a 2-1 win over the New York Mets.
Arroyo is faced by one of the young arms who made him expendable in Cincinnati, right-hander Mike Leake.
Leake won a career-high 14 games with the Reds last season, but has just two victories in 10 starts this season and none in his last seven -- though he's posted a 2.72 ERA in that stretch -- while receiving just 12 runs of offensive support.
He was beaten, 4-0, on Sunday against St. Louis after allowing two runs on six hits in six innings and striking out eight batters.
"I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing," he said. "I can't control that stuff."
Leake is 2-0 lifetime against the Diamondbacks.
On Thursday, Josh Collmenter faced the minimum 27 batters en route to a three- hit shutout -- the first of his career -- as the Diamondbacks downed the Reds, 4-0.
Collmenter (4-2) struck out five without issuing a walk and joined Randy Johnson as the only Arizona pitchers to face the minimum over nine innings. Johnson accomplished the feat in his perfect game on May 18, 2004 against the Atlanta Braves.
The Arizona right-hander gave up leadoff hits in the third, fourth and sixth innings, but induced a double play directly after each hit to keep the Reds at bay. His performance marked just the 14th time in Major League history that a pitcher faced the minimum in a nine-inning game while allowing three-or-more hits.
Aaron Hill had three hits, including a solo homer, and drove in two runs, while Martin Prado went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Diamondbacks, who have won two straight and three of their last four games.
Tony Cingrani (2-5) allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over five-plus frames to absorb the loss. Brayan Pena registered two of the three hits for the Reds, who have lost five of their last six.
05/30 10:40:30 ET
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