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The Cincinnati Reds had to wait quite awhile before finally celebrating another victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bronson Arroyo hopes it's his turn next.
The Reds starter seeks his first win over the Phillies in more than 12 years when the teams continue their series Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Cincinnati had dropped seven straight and 15 of the last 16 meetings with Philadelphia - including a three-game sweep in the 2010 NL division series - before Tuesday's 5-4 victory.
The Reds (75-49) blew a pair of late-inning leads, but Zack Cozart hit Jonathan Papelbon's first pitch for a homer in the ninth to break a tie before Aroldis Chapman converted his 22nd consecutive save opportunity.
"I was looking to swing at the first pitch," Cozart said. "Usually when you face guys like that, they'll try to get ahead of you."
Todd Frazier, hitting .478 with five home runs over his last 13 games, went 2 for 3 with a double and an eighth-inning homer for Cincinnati, which has gone 31-11 since July 6 and has surged to a sizable NL Central lead.
That hot stretch has coincided with Arroyo's, as he's gone 5-1 with a 3.76 ERA over his last six starts.
Arroyo (9-7, 3.96 ERA) beat the Cubs in each of his last two outings, giving up three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win Friday.
"Regardless if you lose one, you always feel like you've got a chance to come in the next day and win a series and give your team a chance to stay kind of in a positive note and mentality," Arroyo told the team's official website after his last outing.
The right-hander will need that sort of positive attitude heading into this start versus Philadelphia, which he's struggled against for quite some time. He's 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA in seven regular-season starts against the Phillies since beating them July 22, 2000, while pitching for Pittsburgh in his rookie year.
Arroyo will look to help Cincinnati win consecutive games over Philadelphia for the first time since 2008 when he opposes Vance Worley, who is battling struggles of his own.
Worley (6-8, 4.11) has given up four runs in each of his last three outings, going 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA. He lasted only 4 2-3 innings of Friday's 6-2 loss to Milwaukee, and opponents are hitting .367 off him during his rough stretch.
"It's upsetting. I know I'm better than what I'm doing," Worley said. "I'm just not catching the breaks this year."
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two career starts versus the Reds - both last season - and will look to help Philadelphia (57-66) bounce back after having its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday.
Jimmy Rollins had a two-run double to tie the game 3-all in the seventh while Kevin Frandsen forced another tie with an RBI triple in the eighth.
"That was some ballgame," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They didn't quit. You see why they've won so many division championships in a row."
Tuesday's loss dropped the Phillies to 27-34 at Citizens Bank Park, and they'll have to finish 14-6 to avoid their first sub-.500 mark at home since 2000.
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