While the Reds can no longer look towards the postseason, right-hander Bronson Arroyo will start against the Pirates on Saturday with something to play for after all. With the Cardinals' win this afternoon, Cincinnati was eliminated from the NL Central race. But the left-hander can still ensure a .500 season with a win.
In his final start of the season, Arroyo can nab his 15th win and possibly lock up the NL lead in innings. The right-hander has 233 2/3 innings pitched, which trails teammate Aaron Harang's 234 1/3. Arizona's Brandon Webb has 231 innings, with one start left on Sunday.
During his previous start in Monday's 5-4 Reds win, Arroyo survived despite allowing four unearned runs in the first inning and threw six more shutout innings. He did not get the decision, but kept Cincinnati in the game. He allowed four hits and two walks and struck out five.
CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (14-10, 3.27 ERA)
Arroyo is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six September starts.
PIT: RHP Marty McLeary, 1-0., 3.38 ERA)
The right-hander limited the Padres to one run on four hits in five innings, but came away with a no-decision in his first big-league start last Sunday.
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Reds left fielder Adam Dunn snapped a 0-for-16 skid with two hits, including a fourth-inning double, in Friday's game against Pittsburgh.
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Sunday: Reds (RHP Matt Belisle, 2-0, 4.24) at Pirates (LHP Shane Youman, 0-2, 4.30), 1:35 p.m. ET
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.