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Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink

Former Hernando High standout Bronson Arroyo allows one hit and one walk in seven solid innings.

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Former Hernando High standout Bronson Arroyo allows one hit and one walk in seven solid innings.

SAN FRANCISCO — Bronson Arroyo, the former Hernando High star, retired his first 14 batters and delivered a gem a day after 19-game winner Johnny Cueto went down with a back injury, and the Reds beat the Giants 9-0 on Sunday night to head home with a 2-0 NL Division Series lead.

A pair of Ryans provided the big hits. Ryan Ludwick homered leading off the second inning for his first career playoff clout, and Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth and a late RBI single. Jay Bruce added a two-run double and Joey Votto had three hits.

The shaggy-haired Arroyo, the right-hander with that high leg kick slightly resembling the familiar motion of Giants Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, went untouched before Brandon Belt's two-out single to the gap in right-center with two out in the fifth. San Francisco didn't get another hit until Pablo Sandoval lined a double off the rightfield arcade with two outs in the ninth.

The 35-year-old Arroyo worked ahead and had four straight strikeouts during one stretch to baffle the Giants.

Arroyo's seven innings marked his longest postseason outing in five starts and 13 appearances.

Arroyo thoroughly outpitched Madison Bumgarner to beat the Giants for the first time since 2008. He had gone 0-2 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts since, getting two no-decisions facing San Francisco this season.

Former San Francisco skipper Dusty Baker came into his old stomping grounds and left with two commanding victories 10 years after managing the Giants within six outs of a World Series title.

Typical of the Giants night, Hunter Pence grounded out to shortstop to end the game after San Francisco put two runners on base.

It's the worst shutout loss in Giants postseason history. San Francisco had been shut out only six times during the regular season, tied for second-fewest in the NL.

Bumgarner, who mastered the postseason as a 21-year-old pitcher in 2010, did not find the same kind of success.

One night after ace Matt Cain was knocked around, Bumgarner gave up the solo home run to Ludwick and allowed three more runs before leaving in the fifth. Just like that, San Francisco's hopes of making another push deep into the playoffs are in serious jeopardy. Ryan Vogelsong earned the starting nod for Game 3 in Cincinnati.

Arroyo, Reds push Giants to brink 10/08/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 8, 2012 1:21am]
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