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STL@CIN: Arroyo hurls six strong against the Cards

The Brewers have not fared well against the National League Central Division this season, and things will not get much easier this weekend.

Milwaukee, which is 10-18 against its own division this year, will meet the second-place Reds for the start of a three-game set on Friday in Cincinnati.

And they will face Bronson Arroyo, who has plenty of experience against the Brewers.

Arroyo beat Milwaukee in early May and has started against the Brewers 27 times in his 14-year career, tied for second most against any Major League team. The right-hander carries a record of 14-10 against the Brewers.

Arroyo has lost only once since a three-game losing streak from April 25 to May 6. He tossed 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball against the Brewers on May 12, the final win in a three-game Cincinnati sweep.

Arroyo, who has lasted at least five innings in each of his starts this season, is 4-1 in his last six starts.

He'll match up against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse, who is coming off an eight-inning, one-run performance against the Phillies on Sunday.

Lohse started 1-5 before missing a start in May with right elbow irritation. He returned with a loss, but he has righted the ship with back-to-back quality starts.

Lohse, who has a respectable 4.03 ERA despite his 2-6 record, signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Brewers this offseason.

Reds: Frazier finding his stroke
Todd Frazier was homerless since April 24 until going yard in back-to-back games against the Cubs on Tuesday and Wednesday. He has eight homers in 62 games this season after hitting 19 in 128 games last year.

"I knew it was gonna turn around," Frazier said. "It's gonna turn around. … I'm trying to get some hits, trying to help the team. Do I want to hit home runs? Of course. But at the same time, I'm trying to get my average up and we're trying to win. I know at the end of the year, I'm going to have my numbers.

"It felt really good, and now it's time to keep taking off."

• Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has hit well against Lohse in his career, batting .333 with a home run and five RBIs in 24 at-bats against the right-hander.

• The Reds swept a three-game set with the Brewers from May 10-12, outscoring Milwaukee 22-11.

Brewers: Braun questionable with sore thumb
Ryan Braun hasn't swung a bat since the third inning of Sunday's 9-1 win over the Phillies and could be headed to the disabled list if he's not ready to go for the three-game series against the Reds.

"If things Friday and Saturday don't go well, then we will see about that," said manager Ron Roenicke. "I think the more we keep him off of it, the better. It's going to get better. It's just a matter of if four days is enough."

• Brewers pitchers have recorded four straight quality starts, the most since they had a season-high six in a row from April 23-29.

• At 7-5 in June, the Brewers have already surpassed their win total from all of May, when they tied the franchise record for lowest winning percentage in a calendar month (6-22, .214).

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