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06/16/10 5:47 PM ET

Arroyo, Ely both look to rebound in finale

John Ely of the Dodgers and Bronson Arroyo of the Reds have had plenty of success in 2010, but when they meet each other Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park in the finale of a three-game series, they'll both be trying to smooth out some personal bumps in the road.

Ely, the right-handed rookie who had looked so good in his first seven starts by limiting walks and not allowing home runs, gave up four runs in five innings in each of his past two starts, including three long balls.

The one that did him in in his last start was to Angels outfielder Juan Rivera, and Ely was left wondering if he had physically tipped off Rivera to what pitch was coming.

"I thought the home run pitch was even a good pitch -- it was off the plate at least half a foot," Ely said. "But you've got a good hitter up there who notices patterns, and we did something to tip it, and he got all of it and made us pay."

Arroyo, meanwhile, hasn't recorded a win in three consecutive outings after going 5-0 in his six previous starts, which covered a span from April 29 to May 26. Last Friday, Arroyo lasted seven innings, but he gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in a no-decision. More important, he let the Royals overcome a 4-0 deficit and rally, and Kansas City eventually won the game in extra innings.

"It's just a lead you can't give up, especially when you've thrown as little of pitches as I had and as good of command as I had on all my pitches," Arroyo said. "You just can't give up a four-run lead, no matter what. It definitely hurt us."

Dodgers: Rocking vs. the Reds
Dodger left fielder Manny Ramirez and first baseman James Loney have been awesome against the Reds in their careers and added to those totals in Wednesday's game. Ramirez homered, his 12th career long ball against Cincinnati, and Loney had two hits and drove in two runs. Overall, Ramirez is batting .422 against Cincinnati and Loney is hitting .414. ... Ely, who pitched collegiately at Miami of Ohio, will be making his first Major League appearance against the Reds in Thursday's game.

Reds: Volquez rehab start rained out
Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez (2009 Tommy John surgery) will make his second rehab assignment start for Class A Lynchburg on Thursday. Volquez, who threw three scoreless innings for Lynchburg Saturday, will face Kinston. ... Arroyo is 22-31 with a 4.54 ERA in day games, as opposed to 69-55 with a 4.15 ERA at night.

Worth noting
The Dodgers have been outscored, 51-41, in the first inning this season, a stark contrast to 2009, when they scored a league-leading 121 runs in the first on their way to a 121-54 advantage to start the game. ... Reds reliever Arthur Rhodes' career-high 26-inning scoreless streak is the longest by a reliever in the Major Leagues this season and the longest by a Reds reliever since John Franco threw 27 1/3 scoreless frames from July 17-Sept. 8, 1988.

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