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Dodgers Stymied by Arroyo, Reds in 5-2 Loss

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A day after the Dodgers exploded for eight runs, Cincinnati Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo (W, 14-7) and his Rockettes-style high kick out of the wind-up confounded the Dodgers for seven innings in their 5-2 loss.

“He teases you a lot where he very rarely throws two pitches the same speed,” manager Joe Torre said about Arroyo.

One of the few Dodgers to touch Arroyo all day was Matt Kemp who led off the bottom of the second inning with a homer 413 feet to straight-away center field, his second homer in as many days, for the Dodgers first run.

The Dodgers also got Arroyo in a jam in the fifth inning with runners on first and second thanks to one-out singles by Casey Blake and Jamey Carroll. AJ Ellis, with a 3-for-3 day proving he doesn’t want to head back to Triple-A Albuquerque once Rod Barajas meets up with the team on Tuesday in Milwaukee, hit an RBI single to tie the game 2-2. Arroyo got out of the inning after Clayton Kershaw laid down a sacrifice bunt by getting Scott Podsednik to fly out to centerfield.