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Arroyo baffles Braves in 4-2 Reds win

ATLANTA - Bronson Arroyo showed again Friday that you don't have to test the radar gun to be a successful pitcher.

The veteran right-hander used a steady stream of off-speed pitches to baffle the Atlanta Braves and pitch the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory.

Arroyo (8-7) allowed only three hits over seven innings and won his 99th career game for the Reds.

"He was very good," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said . "They had some guys in their lineup that had hit him pretty good in the past. He was mixing it up pretty good. He can pitch."

Arroyo retired eight batters on groundouts and four on infield flies. He struck out three and walked one to improve his career record against Atlanta to 7-4 and his overall career record to 132-122.

"That's the way he pitches," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He pitches like he's in the backyard playing wiffleball. He's not afraid to throw any pitch, his arm angle changes and he competes."

Sam LeCure pitched a scoreless eighth, but the Braves got a run against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman that ended the club's scoreless relief streak at 33 2/3 innings. Chapman earned his 21st save.

In addition to losing the game, the Braves lost two more outfielders as both B.J. Upton and Justin Upton left early with injuries. B.J. Upton suffered a right adductor muscle strain while trying to make a diving catch in the first inning and Justin Upton strained his left calf while running out a ground ball in the seventh. Their status will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but the club is already without Jordan Schafer, who is on the 15-day disabled list. Jason Heyward, who strained his right hamstring on Thursday, was unable to play.

Atlanta ended the game with infielders Joey Terdoslavich playing left and Tyler Pastornicky playing center. Reed Johnson is the only able-bodied outfielder on the roster.

"We're talking through it," Gonzalez said. "We've got three guys (on the active roster) who are banged up. We'll talk through the different options to get a body up here."

The Reds roughed up Braves starter Kris Medlen (6-9) for nine hits and four runs in four innings. It was the second straight poor outing for Medlen, who gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Phillies. Rookie Alex Wood kept the game close for Atlanta with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

"It's the same mechanical issues I've been dealing with all year," Medlen said. "I've been trying to make adjustments, but when it comes to making it stick, I haven't done it."

The Reds jumped on the Braves for three runs in the first inning. Shin-Soo Choo singled on the first pitch to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and took second on Derrick Robinson's infield single. Joey Votto walked to load the bases and Brandon Phillips hit a 3-and-2 pitch up to middle to drive in two runs. After Jay Bruce grounded into a double play, Todd Frazier tripled off the glove of center fielder B.J. Upton to score Votto.

Upton was injured on the play and had to leave the game. Upton tried to make a diving basket catch, but the ball glanced off his glove and left thigh. Upton's right knee hit in the turf and he landed awkwardly, causing the adductor strain.

"We jumped him on the first pitch and Robby had a perfect bunt and I thought we were off to the races," Baker said. "But we scored enough to win."

The Reds loaded the bases with no outs again in the fifth inning, but came away with only one run via Bruce's sacrifice fly to right field.

The Braves scored their only run off Arroyo on a towering home run to right by Brian McCann, his 11th. It was McCann's fifth career home run off Arroyo.

Atlanta scored in the ninth off Chapman. Pastornicky walked, took second on defensive indifference and scored on Freddie Freeman's bloop single to center. McCann popped out to first base to end the game.

NOTES: Braves C/OF/3B Evan Gattis went 0-for-4 on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. He will play three games and should be activated on Friday, unless he suffers a setback. Heyward said the right hamstring he strained Thursday was still sore, but feeling better. Heyward isn't likely to play this weekend, and the Braves hope it won't be necessary to place him on the 15-day DL. ... Freeman extended his hitting streak to seven games.