(Sports Network) - Other than a start against Cincinnati, Arizona pitcher Daniel Hudson has been flawless since being acquired in a trade.
Hudson will look to avenge his lone loss in a Diamondbacks uniform and halt his team's six-game losing streak to the National League Central-leading Reds this evening in the second contest of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.
Hudson is 5-1 with a 1.91 earned run average since joining Arizona in a trade with the White Sox, with that lone loss coming on Aug. 17 when he faced the Reds for the first time in his career. The 23-year-old did pitch well in the loss, allowing three runs over seven innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Hudson is 2-0 in four starts since that setback, allowing two runs or less in each start. The righty bested the Giants in his most recent outing on Wednesday with seven innings of one-run ball, working around five hits and a walk.
"My changeup was good tonight. It was actually a little bit slower than normal. It had a little more depth," Hudson said. "I think I was able to get some guys out in front on that and able to get in on their hands a little bit right after that."
Unlike Hudson, Reds starter Travis Wood was able to find the win column when he faced Arizona for the first time in his career on Aug. 19. The 23-year-old gave up one run on four hits and a pair of walks over 6 1/3 innings, helping Cincinnati finish off a three-game sweep in Arizona.
The left-handed Wood wasn't as fortunate last time out, yielding three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings of a no-decision on Thursday in Colorado.
He is 5-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 starts this year and just two of those outings have come at home, where he is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
The Reds extended their winning streak over the Diamondbacks with Monday's 7-2 victory, also its 11th in 12 meetings with Arizona and 17th in the last 20 matchups. The Reds are 8-2 at home versus the D-Backs in that span.
Jay Bruce keyed last night's win with two homers in his return to the lineup. He has missed the last 12 games due to pain in his right side and ended with three hits and four RBI.
Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs and Orlando Cabrera added homers for the Reds, who at 82-62 clinched their first winning season since 2000 and increased their lead over second-place St. Louis to seven games.
Bronson Arroyo pitched six innings and allowed two runs on back-to-back solo homers by Miguel Montero and Ryan Church in the second inning. He also struck out a season-high eight batters to win a career high-tying 15th game for a third straight season.
"Definitely been proud of myself and my career," Arroyo said. "Just going out and taking the ball and trying to be as consistent as possible knowing that I don't have spectacular CC Sabathia stuff. To win 15 (games) three years in a row is definitely satisfying."
Diamondbacks rookie Barry Enright did not have such a satisfying day as he gave up seven hits, including four homers, in just three innings of work.
"(Enright) wasn't very sharp again," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson after his club lost its fourth straight to begin a 10-game road trip and for the eighth time in its last nine games overall.
Justin Upton started for the first time in 12 games because of irritation in his right shoulder, but Mark Reynolds, Chris Young and Adam LaRoche were all held out of the starting lineup to rest.