WASHINGTON - Everything, it seems, is going right for Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds these days. And all is amiss for the Washington Nationals.
Arroyo threw eight innings of one-hit ball, and Cincinnati jumped out to an early lead just as they did all series in a 5-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday that completed a three-game sweep.
Arroyo improved to 4-0 with a 2.34 ERA in five starts, allowing only Ryan Zimmerman's single to right-center with two outs in the fourth.
The right-hander left after 119 pitches - “I was running out of juice,” he said - and Kent Mercker and David Weathers combined for a hitless ninth.
“I went out there today and was warming up in the 'pen, and I knew I had good stuff,” Arroyo said. “When you've got good stuff, especially playing in a park like this, that's so big, you can be really aggressive and kind of go after these guys.”