CINCINNATI >> Bronson Arroyo’s first pitch of the game clocked 70 mph on the Great American Ball Park radar gun. The next two came in at 72 and 72 mph.
Nothing special there, except the Rockies couldn’t touch ’em.
Arroyo limited the NL’s most prolific offense to four singles in eight innings, and Jay Bruce had a two-run homer among his three hits, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Monday night.
The Reds have three shutouts in their last four games. They’ve blanked six of their last 21 opponents, tying them with St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the league lead with nine shutouts this season.
Arroyo (6-5) allowed only one runner to reach second base while throwing 86 pitches that sometimes seemed oh-so-slow.
“I didn’t have amazing stuff,” Arroyo said. “Things just worked out. It was one of those games. I was able to keep guys off second base. Had some quick innings, kept my pitch count down. Some days the ball bounces your way.”
Arroyo wasn’t amazing, but the results were impressive.
“He kept them off balance,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He had good command of his pitches. He was able to put his fastball where he wanted. That’s a tough ballclub to shut out. Bronson was masterful.”
Phillies 7, Marlins 2
PHILADELPHIA >> Domonic Brown hit his eighth homer in eight games to back Kyle Kendrick’s six-hitter, and Philadelphia beat Miami.
Delmon Young and Erik Kratz also went deep for the Phillies. Brown, the NL player of the month for May, continued his torrid hitting by going 3-or-4. He had 12 homers and 25 RBIs last month, and already has connected twice and driven in six runs in June. He leads the NL with 17 homers.
Braves 7, Pirates 2
ATLANTA >> Brian McCann, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman each hit a two-run homer, helping Kris Medlen and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh.
Cardinals 7, D’backs 1
ST. LOUIS >> Lance Lynn pitched seven solid innings and St. Louis got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a victory over Arizona.
Dodgers 2, Padres 1
LOS ANGELES >> Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke homered, and Yasiel Puig had a successful major league debut in Los Angeles’ victory over San Diego.
Puig batted leadoff and went 2-for-4. The 22-year-old Cuban defector was brought up on the same day left fielder Carl Crawford went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
Yankees 7, Indians 1
NEW YORK >> Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tie-breaking single in the sixth inning and New York beat Cleveland to spoil Nick Swisher’s first game back in the Bronx as a member of the Indians.
Andy Pettitte lasted only 42⁄3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Shawn Kelly (3-0) got the win and Mariano Rivera retired Swisher on a fly to left with a runner on second for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Astros 2, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. >> Chris Carter homered, Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings for his first victory of the season, and last-place Houston completed a four-game sweep of Los Angeles.
Mariners 4, White Sox 2
SEATTLE >> Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Joe Saunders pitched into the seventh inning to help Seattle send Chicago to its seventh consecutive loss.