Braves unload on Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones already had an impressive track record against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Yunel Escobar got angry enough to start building his own.
Escobar, who was hit by a pitch Friday, drove in two runs with a double and a single in the first two innings against Arroyo and finished a triple short of the cycle with a career-high four RBIs as Atlanta beat Cincinnati 10-2 on Saturday.
‘‘Getting hit by a pitch motivated me somewhat, but not necessarily,’’ Escobar said through an interpreter. ‘‘I thought (Edinson Volquez) threw at me yesterday, but that was yesterday. I just happened to have a good day today.’’
Just in time, said manager Bobby Cox, who saw outfielder Garrett Anderson and catcher Brian McCann go on the disabled list Friday and Saturday.
Jones hit a three-run homer and also drove in four runs while improving to 11-for-23 (.478) with three homers and 10 RBIs in his career against Arroyo. The Braves jumped on the right-hander for six runs in the first two innings and handed him his first loss in four starts.
‘‘They’re definitely a team that’s given me trouble with over the last few years,’’ said Arroyo, who is 4-3 with a 6.50 ERA in 11 career appearances against the Braves.
Escobar and Jones — the Braves’ No. 2 and 3 hitters — went a combined 5-for-8 with two home runs, a double and eight RBIs in support of Derek Lowe, who struck out a season-high eight in seven innings.