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Cincinnati (51-58) «0200501019173
Houston (50-57)000010400591

Reds 9, Astros 5

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HOUSTON -- The Cincinnati Reds needed two homers from Adam Dunn and a strong outing from Edinson Volquez to finally beat the Houston Astros.

Volquez pitched six effective innings, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run home run and the Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Astros with a 9-5 win Wednesday night.

Volquez (13-4) allowed one earned run and six hits, but the Astros chased him in the seventh with four unearned runs after two errors by shortstop Jeff Keppinger. Volquez struck out five as the Reds ended a five-game losing streak overall.

The 25-year-old right-hander hadn't won a decision since July 12 in Milwaukee, also the last time the Reds won on the road.

"I'm very happy that we're winning again," Volquez said. "Everybody was tired of losing every day."

Dunn recorded his second multihomer game of the month -- and season -- and Edwin Encarnacion added a solo shot for the Reds, who beat Houston for just the fourth time in the last 17 meetings.

Dunn has 32 homers this season, 12 this month and six since the All-Star break. On Monday, Dunn hit a grand slam off Roy Oswalt.

The slugger worked with hitting coach Brook Jacoby in late June and the minor adjustments they made are paying off.

"Me and Jake worked on a few little, I guess tweaks -- I hate that word 'tweak' -- but tweaks," Dunn said.

The Reds beat the Astros for the first time since a 4-3 victory at Minute Maid Park on May 30, 2007.

Griffey's homer was the 608th of his career, moving him within one of Sammy Sosa for fifth all-time. Griffey extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has 1,139 extra-base hits, one behind Ty Cobb for 10th all-time.

Dunn and Griffey homered in the same game for the 37th time - but for the first time since last August.

"Any time those guys hit home runs, you've got a great chance to win," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said.

Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) gave up the homers to Dunn and Griffey and lost for the first time in four starts. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings after allowing one run and striking out seven in each of his previous two outings.

Dunn sent his first solo homer of the game into the upper deck in right in the second. Encarnacion then singled and scored on Joey Votto's double to make it 2-0.

Volquez gave up a single to Kaz Matsui and a walk to Lance Berkman in the first inning, then retired the next eight batters he faced. Berkman doubled to left with one out in the fourth, but Volquez struck out Carlos Lee and Geoff Blum.

Volquez was facing Houston for the first time and the Astros were impressed.

"That guy really has some explosive stuff," said Hunter Pence, who had a solo homer in the fifth. "The ball just explodes out of his hand. And even when he throws his changeup, his arm just comes at you so fast. He's got great stuff."

Volquez led off the fifth with a single and Jay Bruce beat out an infield hit. One out later, Griffey launched Rodriguez's 0-1 pitch into the upper deck in right, his 15th homer of the season.

Rodriguez hadn't allowed more than one homer in a game since his first start of the season.

"Wandy wasn't real sharp tonight," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. "He didn't have his usual sharpness on his breaking ball and he just could not get out of the fifth inning. He left a fastball over the plate to Griffey and after that, at that point, we made it really hard on ourselves."

After Brandon Phillips walked, Dunn homered just above the yellow line in center. Dunn hit two homers in Cincinnati's 8-2 win at Milwaukee on July 12.

"Adam is swinging as good as I've seen him swing since I've been here," Baker said.

Chad Paronto relieved Rodriguez, who gave up six runs and nine hits, both season-highs. Encarnacion hit Paronto's third pitch into the seats in left, his 20th homer. It was the seventh set of back-to-back homers for the Reds this season.

The Reds added a run in the seventh off Chris Sampson.

Pence started Houston's late rally with a double to right. Keppinger committed errors on consecutive grounders, allowing Pence to score. Ty Wigginton then hit a three-run homer to left.

Mike Lincoln relieved Volquez and got Berkman on a popup to end the inning.

While happy with the win, Baker was disappointed with the messy seventh inning.

"It's a relief, but we tried to help give it back to them," he said. "We've just got to cut down on those errors."

Cincinnati scored a run in the ninth off Doug Brocail.

Notes

Reds RHP Aaron Harang, out since July 8 with a strained right forearm, threw 50 pitches before Wednesday's game. Baker said Harang would throw a bullpen session on Friday and likely start a rehab assignment on Monday. ... The Astros acquired RHP LaTroy Hawkins and cash from the New York Yankees for minor league IF Matt Cusick.
 
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Players of the Game
Houston

H. Pence
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Cincinnati Reds
Jay Bruce, CF-LF5120000 .267
Jeff Keppinger, SS5020023 .279
Ken Griffey Jr., RF5113013 .245
Brandon Phillips, 2B4220100 .279
Adam Dunn, LF5232022 .243
    Corey Patterson, CF0000000 .183
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B5221003 .258
Joey Votto, 1B4032100 .275
Paul Bako, C5011023 .218
Edinson Volquez, P3110011 .075
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
   a- Andy Phillips, PH1000000 .150
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Valentin, PH1000012 .256
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals43917929  
a-popped out for Lincoln in the 8th
b-struck out for Weathers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (20, Rodriguez)
HR - Ken Griffey Jr. (15, Rodriguez), Adam Dunn 2 (32, Rodriguez, Rodriguez), Edwin Encarnacion (20, Paronto)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. 3 (53), Adam Dunn 2 (74), Edwin Encarnacion (43), Joey Votto 2 (46), Paul Bako (30)
2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (26), Edwin Encarnacion (13), Paul Bako (10)
SB - Brandon Phillips (22, 2nd base off Brocail/Quintero)
CS - Brandon Phillips (6, 2nd base by Rodriguez/Quintero)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Bako-Encarnacion, B. Phillips-Keppinger-Votto
E - Adam Dunn (6, Dropped fly), Jeff Keppinger 2 (4, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (W,13-4) 6.1651152 2.71
Mike Lincoln (H,7) 0.2100000 3.29
David Weathers (H,13) 1000010 3.40
Francisco Cordero 1200010 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 103-73, Mike Lincoln 11-7, David Weathers 12-10, Francisco Cordero 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 10-5, Mike Lincoln 1-1, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 27, Mike Lincoln 3, David Weathers 4, Francisco Cordero 4
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5020002 .282
Miguel Tejada, SS5000013 .283
Lance Berkman, 1B3010101 .344
Carlos Lee, LF4000023 .300
Geoff Blum, 3B4000011 .222
Hunter Pence, RF4221011 .273
Darin Erstad, CF4110011 .272
Humberto Quintero, C3101001 .193
   a- Michael Bourn, PH1010000 .233
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000 .103
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .200
   b- David Newhan, PH1000011 .226
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .143
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH1113000 .268
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
   d- Mark Loretta, PH1010000 .272
Totals3759517  
a-singled for Quintero in the 9th
b-struck out for Byrdak in the 5th
c-homered for Sampson in the 7th
d-singled for Brocail in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kazuo Matsui (20, Lincoln), Lance Berkman (32, Volquez), Hunter Pence (23, Volquez)
HR - Hunter Pence (14, Volquez), Ty Wigginton (9, Volquez)
RBI - Hunter Pence (53), Humberto Quintero (2), Ty Wigginton 3 (26)
CS - Miguel Tejada (5, 3rd base by Volquez/Bako)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
E - Miguel Tejada (9, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,6-4) 4.2966143 3.61
Chad Paronto0211001 4.35
Tim Byrdak 0.1000010 2.78
Chris Sampson 2310020 4.36
Wesley Wright 1100000 4.46
Doug Brocail 1211120 4.01
IBB - Votto by Doug Brocail
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 87-55, Chad Paronto 7-4, Tim Byrdak 6-5, Chris Sampson 34-25, Wesley Wright 9-7, Doug Brocail 23-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 4-5, Chris Sampson 3-1, Wesley Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 23, Chad Paronto 2, Tim Byrdak 1, Chris Sampson 9, Wesley Wright 4, Doug Brocail 6
Game Information
Attendance - 30272
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Delfin Colon, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Derryl Cousins