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MIL@CIN: Arroyo fans five in seven innings of work

The D-backs began their season at Chase Field with a win over the defending National League Central champions on Friday, a game that began a tough nine-game homestand.

After the Reds, the D-backs welcome the Cardinals and Giants -- both of whom finished last season with a record better than .500. Prior to Friday's 13-2 victory, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he welcomed the challenge of playing successful teams.

"These guys are a huge test for us," Gibson said of the first-place Reds. "It will help make us better."

On Saturday, right-hander Daniel Hudson (0-1, 3.68 ERA) will look to give Arizona its first series win of the season. In his first start, Hudson took the loss against the Rockies, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings.

"I thought I threw the ball OK," Hudson said after the outing. "Obviously, a couple of pitches ran back over the middle of the plate and caught too much of the plate, and I gave up a few runs. Overall, I felt good. The stuff was there, I just didn't get the results I wanted."

Opposing Hudson is Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 3.86 ERA), who earned a win against Milwaukee in his 2011 debut by holding the Brewers to three runs in seven innings. Reds manager Dusty Baker expects a similar effort from the right-hander on Saturday.

"He'll be fine tomorrow -- and we'll be better, too," Baker said after Friday's loss. "We'll be another day removed from the Eastern time zone, and have another day [to get] more acclimated to this Pacific time zone."

Reds: Lewis continues rehab in Arizona

Injured outfielder Fred Lewis, who has been rehabilitating a strained right oblique muscle at the club's player-development complex, stopped at Chase Field to visit the Reds on Friday. Earlier, Lewis had played in his first game at extended Spring Training.

"I walked a few times and got a couple of hits. No pain," Lewis said. "I played two innings in the outfield, too. I'm just behind on at-bats now, and I'm trying to make up for those. I'm actually trying to get my swing down, also."

In 20 spring games, Lewis batted .205 with 11 RBIs, before getting injured during his final at-bat of the March 26 exhibition game vs. the Giants.

• One day after seeing his 13-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, end, Drew Stubbs started another one, going 1-for-4 on Friday. After coming on late in Spring Training, Stubbs is hitting .300, with one homer and four RBIs in the early part of the season.

"Spring Training is a time to get yourself prepared for the season," Stubbs said on Friday. "Fortunately for me this year, I was in a position of not having to press to make the team and worry about having an outstanding camp. I wanted to make sure when I got out of there to get off on the right foot to start the year. You're not always able to do that. This year, I've been able to hit the ground running. It's a beneficial way to start the season."

D-backs: Drew returns to lineup

Shortstop Stephen Drew made his first start of 2011 on Friday, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. Aside from one pinch-hit appearance, it was Drew's first action of the season, after suffering an abdominal strain halfway through March.

"We're happy to have him back," Gibson said. "He's obviously one of our better players."

Gibson added that Drew is not under any type of limitations.

• Arizona signed veteran left-hander Ron Mahay to a Minor League contract and assigned him to extended Spring Training on Friday. The 39-year-old posted a 3.44 ERA, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks, in 34 innings for the Twins last season.

Worth noting

Friday's win marked Arizona's fourth-straight win in its home opener. The D-backs are 8-6 all-time in home openers. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday -- when the 0-5 Astros beat the 5-0 Reds -- was the first time since 1987 that a winless Major League team with at least five losses beat an undefeated team with at least five wins. ... Arizona's Willie Bloomquist and Miguel Montero each extended their hitting streaks to six games on Friday, while Reds shortstop Paul Janish extended his to five. Comments