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Arroyo flummoxes Braves in Reds win

ATLANTA -- Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits over seven innings and won his 99th game for the Cincinnati Reds in a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

Arroyo (8-7) kept the Braves off-balance all night with a variety of off-speed pitches, retiring eight batters on groundouts and four on infield flies. He struck out three and walked one to improve his career record against Atlanta to 7-4 and his overall career record to 132-122.

Sam LeCure pitched a scoreless eighth, but the Braves got a run against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman that ended the club's scoreless relief streak at 33 innings. Chapman earned his 21st save.

The Reds jumped on Braves starter Kris Medlen (6-9) for nine hits and four runs in four innings. It was the second straight poor outing for Medlen, who gave up seven runs in 5 innings against the Phillies. Rookie Alex Wood kept the game close for Atlanta with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

The Reds scored three runs in the first inning. Shin-Soo Choo singled on the first pitch to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and took second on Derrick Robinson's infield single. Joey Votto walked to load the bases and Brandon Phillips hit a 3-and-2 pitch up the middle to drive in two runs. After Jay Bruce grounded into a double play, Todd Frazier tripled off the glove of center fielder B.J. Upton to score Votto.

Upton was injured on the play and had to leave the game. Upton tried to make a diving basket catch, but the ball glanced off his glove and left thigh. Upton's right knee hit in the turf and he landed awkwardly. Upton was diagnosed with a right adductor muscle sprain and is a listed as day-to-day.

The Reds loaded the bases with no outs again in the fifth inning, but came away with only one run via Bruce's sacrifice fly to right field.

The Braves scored their only run off Arroyo on a towering home run to right by Brian McCann, his 11th. It was McCann's fifth career home run off Arroyo.

Atlanta scored in the ninth off Chapman. Tyler Pastornicky walked, took second on defensive indifference and scored on Freddie Freeman's bloop single to center.

NOTES: Braves C/OF/3B Evan Gattis began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. He will play three games and should be activated on Friday, unless he suffers a setback. RF Jason Heyward said the right hamstring he strained Thursday was still sore, but feeling better. Heyward isn't likely to play this weekend, and the Braves hope it won't be necessary to place him on the 15-day DL.... OF Just Upton left the game with a left calf strain after he grounded out in the seventh inning. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.