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MLB: Arizona 3, Cincinnati 1

April 20, 2011 at 11:07 PM

CINCINNATI, April 20 (UPI) -- Ian Kennedy gave up four hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday and had near-perfect relief help to bring the Arizona Diamondbacks a 3-1 victory over Cincinnati.

Kennedy (2-1) assisted his own cause by driving in a run on a groundout in the second inning. He struck out three and helped lift the Diamondbacks to their third straight victory.

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Juan Gutierrez, Sam Demel, David Hernandez and J.J. Putz combined to work the final 3 2/3 innings, with Putz collecting his fifth save. A walk issued by Demel in the seventh was the only runner allowed by the relief corps.

Justin Upton brought home Arizona's initial run with a first-inning sacrifice fly. Kennedy boosted the lead in the second, but Cincinnati closed within a run in the sixth on Joey Votto's RBI double.

Ryan Roberts doubled in a run for Arizona in the seventh.

Bronson Arroyo (2-2) allowed five hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings to suffer the loss. Cincinnati lost its fourth in a row and has dropped nine out of 13.

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