The Cincinnati Reds hope their lone All-Star can help them bounce back from a disheartening loss.
Named Sunday to the All-Star team for the first time, Arroyo (9-4, 2.58 ERA) needs a win to become the first Reds pitcher to reach double-digits before the Midsummer Classic since Jimmy Haynes in 2002.
Arroyo also is scheduled to pitch Sunday in Atlanta in the last game before the three-day break.
With a win over the Brewers (41-43), Arroyo would join 11-game winner Tom Glavine of the New York Mets and Jason Marquis, who has won 10 for St. Louis, as the only NL pitchers with double-digit victories.
Arroyo is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA this season against Milwaukee. On April 21 at Miller Park, the right-hander tossed eight innings and limited the Brewers to a run and six hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in a 3-1 victory.
His four career wins against Milwaukee are the most he’s tallied against an NL team. Arroyo is 5-1 with 3.77 ERA against Tampa Bay, his best record against an AL opponent.
In his last start Saturday, Arroyo left with a lead after throwing seven innings and allowing two runs. He failed to get a decision, though, as Cincinnati withstood Kansas City’s three-run rally in the eighth before retaking the lead on a run-scoring double by Adam Dunn in the bottom of the inning en route to a 6-5 win.
“Sure, it irritates you, but that’s not saying the guys in the bullpen aren’t doing the best they can,” Arroyo said. “If it was a one-run lead, I would’ve gone back out there.”
After missing a start due to back spasms, Milwaukee’s Doug Davis (4-5, 4.82) goes for his first win since beating the Reds on May 13.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA against Cincinnati (44-39) this season, including a dubious outing at home on April 23. In an 11-0 loss, Davis tied a Brewers team record by issuing nine walks.
Davis has not pitched since a 6-5 loss on June 24 against Kansas City. He lasted only three innings and allowed six runs, only three of which were earned. The six runs were as many Davis had allowed in his previous three starts covering 20 innings.
“It was just an important game,” Davis said. “We talk about getting over the hump, and this game was the one that would have gotten us over the .500 mark and into third place. It was a big game.
Milwaukee has trailed in 22 of its 26 home wins this season, including an 8-7 victory in the series opener Monday. Trailing 7-6 in the ninth, Milwaukee tagged Reds closer Todd Coffey for four straight hits, including RBI singles by Geoff Jenkins and Carlos Lee.
“That’s why you call it a team. You know, everybody goes through slumps. We’re going to be 100 percent behind him,” Lee said of Turnbow.
Bill Hall—who scored the winning run—finished with a career-high four hits, including his 17th homer to tie his output in 146 games last year. Eleven of Hall’s 49 career homers have come against Cincinnati.
Griffey also homered for the sixth time in eight games and had three RBIs to move past Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew and Rogers Hornsby into 25th on the all-time list with 1,586 RBIs. Griffey needs six RBIs to overtake Andre Dawson for 24th.