Cincinnati (71-73) at Colorado (67-77)

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  • Game info: 4:10 pm EDT Sat Sep 10, 2011
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It’s been eight years since the Cincinnati Reds won consecutive games in the same season at Coors Field.

The Reds try to accomplish that feat again when they continue their weekend set with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Cincinnati (71-73) took advantage of some poor Colorado defense and got a two-run single by Ryan Hanigan(notes) while scoring all its runs in the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-1 win. The victory snapped a 10-game skid at Coors Field for the Reds, who last won there Aug. 22, 2008. They have not won back-to-back games in Denver in the same season since April 30 and May 1, 2003.

Hanigan, batting .323 in his last nine games, helped Cincinnati improve to 4-3 on a nine-game road trip. Second baseman Brandon Phillips(notes), who added a double in the series opener, is batting .372 in his last 22 games.

Closer Francisco Cordero(notes) earned his 15th straight save since the All-Star break and 32nd of the season. He has 322nd career saves, the most by any pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

“Now I can relax a little bit and not think about that,” Cordero said.

Bronson Arroyo(notes) (8-11, 5.00 ERA) takes the ball Saturday looking to help the Reds clinch a winning road trip and series.

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three starts at Coors, but has limited opponents to two runs over 16 innings while going 1-0 in his last two road starts overall. He yielded both those runs over eight innings of a 3-2, 10-inning win at St. Louis on Sunday.

Arroyo was also hit on the leg by a batted ball but appears ready to make this start on five days’ rest.

“I’ll be able to pitch,” he told the Reds’ official website.

Though he’ll be pitching at Coors, Arroyo must find a way to keep the ball in the park. He’s allowed a career-high 37 home runs in his 28 starts - a single-season Reds record for a right-handed pitcher.

Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes) is 4 for 8 with two home runs versus Arroyo, but it’s uncertain if he will miss a second straight contest because of a sore left hip.

“We’re hopeful that it’s just maybe a day, maybe a day or so,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “I’m not certain on the amount of time.”

Seth Smith(notes) had two of Friday’s six hits for the Rockies (67-77), who have lost nine of 13. Smith is 7 for 14 with three homers and five RBIs against the Reds this season.

Colorado’s Alex White(notes) (2-1, 5.63) takes the ball after he allowed four runs in five innings but still earned the win in a 5-4 victory at San Diego last Saturday - his sixth career start.

“He’s a young 23-year-old kid and I promise you between now and the end of the year, you’re going to see his best command game,” Tracy said. “When you do, it’s going to be a dynamic performance.”

The Rockies acquired the right-hander from Cleveland in the July trade for Ubaldo Jimenez(notes).

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108 K 37
45 BB 25
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