Houston at Cincinnati

W: W. Rodriguez (4-3) L: A. Harang (4-7)
S: D. Wheeler (2)
HR: HOU - A. Everett (7)   CIN - R. Aurilia (7), W. Pena (11)

Everett keys Astros' late-inning rally past Reds

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

CINCINNATI -- Adam Everett and the Houston Astros kept coming back against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Houston shortstop hit his second home run in two nights, and the Astros came from behind three times Saturday in a 4-3 victory over the Reds in the first game of a doubleheader.

Everett, who had two home runs in his career against the Reds before hitting one Friday night, also scored twice.

With the Astros trailing 3-2, Jason Lane led off the seventh inning with a double and moved to third on Everett's single. Chris Burke's double tied it and moved Everett to third, and Everett scored the go-ahead run one out later on pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's sacrifice fly to right-center field that Ken Griffey Jr. dived to catch.

"We took advantage of our opportunities," manager Phil Garner said. "That was a good at-bat by Palmeiro. The key was we didn't let the tension build. We were able to come back after they scored."

Palmeiro was hitting for Houston rookie starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-3), who recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and five walks with six strikeouts in six innings.

Mike Burns pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his second save in three tries this season. He also got the save on Friday while closer Brad Lidge remains day to day with a slight elbow problem.

Reds starter Aaron Harang (4-7) fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. The right-hander, who recorded his last win by beating Roger Clemens and the Astros 9-0 in Houston on May 30, allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings.

"I'm executing, and I'm happy with the way I'm throwing," Harang said. "There are just one or two spots in the game that are getting me right now. I have to figure out how to get through that."

Reds manager Jerry Narron did not think fatigue was the reason Harang could not hold the lead.

"I don't know if he ran out of steam," Narron said. "They strung together some hits, but ran out of steam? I don't think so."

The doubleheader became necessary after Thursday's game was suspended by rain after seven innings with the teams tied at 2. The Reds have five losses and that tie in six games since winning at Cleveland on June 24.

Rich Aurilia had four hits in his last 26 at-bats before lining a 1-1 pitch 385 feet to left for his seventh homer of the season to give the Reds a 1-0 lead with one out in the first.

Everett tied it with his seventh homer with two outs in the second inning.

Wily Mo Pena, who led off the second with a double to extend his career-high hitting streak to eight games, led off the fourth with a 450-foot homer into the first row of the second deck in left field. The homer was his 11th of the season and fourth of the year into the second deck.

Houston again tied the score in the sixth when Willy Taveras reached on a one-out bunt single, stole second as Craig Biggio was striking out, and scored on Mike Lamb's soft single.

"That's what we needed - timely hitting," Lamb said. "We've been playing pretty good for a while now. That's important when you have a young team."

The Reds took their third one-run lead in the sixth. Joe Randa followed Griffey's leadoff bloop single to left field and Rodriguez's balk with a double to the left-center field wall that gave the Reds a 3-2 lead.


Biggio's fourth-inning double was his 2,721st career hit, tying him with Lou Gehrig for 51st on the career list. Roberto Alomar is 50th with 2,724. ... Taveras' bunt single was his 16th of the season, tying the club record set by Steve Finley in 1991. ... Everett's homer was his second in two nights after he didn't hit one in 97 at-bats since May 31, covering the entire month of June. ... Reds 1B Sean Casey celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday. ... Rodriguez tied his career high with six strikeouts.

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Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4110001 .279
Craig Biggio, 2B4010010 .284
Mike Lamb, 1B4011011 .209
Morgan Ensberg, 3B3010101 .287
Jason Lane, RF4110001 .233
Adam Everett, SS4221010 .243
Chris Burke, LF4011010 .237
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
Raul Chavez, C3000012 .177
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000010 .214
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH0001000 .314
    Mike Burns, P0000000 .000
    Eric Bruntlett, LF0000000 .222
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Rodriguez in the 7th
2B - Craig Biggio (24, Harang), Morgan Ensberg (15, Harang), Jason Lane (19, Harang), Chris Burke (8, Harang)
HR - Adam Everett (7, Harang)
SF - Orlando Palmeiro (2)
RBI - Mike Lamb (24), Adam Everett (33), Chris Burke (8), Orlando Palmeiro (8)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lamb (11), Adam Everett (16)
SB - Willy Taveras (19, 2nd base off Harang/LaRue)
Team LOB - 3
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (W,4-3) 6533562 6.55
Mike Burns (H,1) 2200010 6.30
Dan Wheeler (S,2) 1000000 1.78
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 99-57, Mike Burns 26-16, Dan Wheeler 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 8-4, Mike Burns 1-4, Dan Wheeler 1-2
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 28, Mike Burns 8, Dan Wheeler 3
Cincinnati Reds
Felipe Lopez, SS5000013 .311
Rich Aurilia, 2B4111100 .253
Sean Casey, 1B5010010 .314
Ken Griffey Jr., CF2110201 .278
Joe Randa, 3B4011004 .298
Wily Mo Pena, RF4121021 .276
Jason LaRue, C3010101 .256
    Ray Olmedo, PR0000000 .500
    Javier Valentin, C0000000 .253
Jason Romano, LF2000111 .269
   a- Adam Dunn, PH-LF1000001 .245
Aaron Harang, P3000024 .028
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .143
   b- Jacob Cruz, PH1000001 .235
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Romano in the 8th
b-flied out for Belisle in the 8th
2B - Joe Randa (20, Rodriguez), Wily Mo Pena (11, Rodriguez), Jason LaRue (12, Burns)
HR - Rich Aurilia (7, Rodriguez), Wily Mo Pena (11, Rodriguez)
RBI - Rich Aurilia (30), Joe Randa (43), Wily Mo Pena (26)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jason Romano 1
DP - Randa-Aurilia-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,4-7) 7844141 4.18
Matt Belisle 1000010 4.29
David Weathers 1000010 3.92
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 106-78, Matt Belisle 19-13, David Weathers 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-10, Matt Belisle 2-0, David Weathers 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Matt Belisle 3, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marvin Hudson