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Astros 9, Reds 5

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CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker has seen all he wants of Carlos Lee.

The Houston left fielder hit a two-run double and Hunter Pence followed with a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting the Houston Astros to a 9-5 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night.

"Man, that guy knows how to drive in those runs, doesn't he?" the frustrated but respectful Baker said of Lee, who has five RBI in the first two games of the four-game series, an even 100 for the season and 1,001 in his career. "You hate to see those guys come up in those situations. They're RBI machines."

Miguel Tejada doubled and Lance Berkman walked with two outs against Francisco Cordero (4-4). Lee followed with a drive to right-center that Corey Patterson almost caught with diving effort, but the ball dribbled from his glove and both runners scored.

"I knew I hit it well, but I saw him dive for the ball and said, 'Noooo,"' said Lee, who tied his season high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to eight games. "When things are going your way, they fall."

"I was playing in a little bit, trying to stop the bleeding with a runner on second base," Patterson said. "It might've been tailing away a little bit. It was close. That's all I had. There was nothing else left in the tank. I was at full speed."

Pence then added his second home run in two nights and 16th of the season to push his own two-game RBI count to five and send the Reds to their fourth consecutive loss.

Chris Sampson (6-4) allowed the Reds to tie the game in the seventh but still earned the win with three innings of relief.

The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Johnny Cueto on a home run by Kaz Matsui, his second leadoff homer of the month and eighth of his career, and a two-out homer off the left-field foul pole by Lee, his 28th of the season.

"Over the last couple of months, I don't think there's been a better player in the league -- not just hitting, but fielding, too," Houston manager Cecil Cooper said.

The Reds took a 4-2 lead in the third on Jeff Keppinger's two-run double and Brandon Phillips' two-run homer, his first in 61 at-bats since July 20.

Houston cut the lead to 4-3 in the fifth when Lee scored from second on Michael Bourn's two-out single to left. Patterson allowed Cueto to leave with the lead by tracking down Humberto Quintero's drive to right-center and making a leaping catch while banging into the wall with his left shoulder.

Cueto allowed nine hits and two walks, striking out nine. He is winless in his last six starts.

With Cincinnati leading 4-3 and two outs in the seventh inning, Reds reliever Nick Massett, one of two players acquired from the White Sox for outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., bobbled Bourn's chopper up the first base line for an error. Quintero followed with his fourth major league homer and first since 2005.

"When things are going bad, what can go bad will go bad," Baker said. "It doesn't last forever, but when you're in it, it feels like it."

The Reds tied the game against Sampson and cost starter Randy Wolf a win in the bottom of the inning on David Ross's leadoff double, pinch-hitter Jolbert Cabrera's single and Keppinger's sacrifice fly.

Wolf gave up six hits and four runs with two walks and six strikeouts.


Reds rookie OF Jay Bruce singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching the season-high streak he had in July. ... Houston RHP Felipe Paulino won't throw the ball for at least five days because of tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. Paulino left a rehab outing with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after retiring two batters with shoulder soreness. He hasn't pitched for Houston at all this season after developing nerve problems in his upper arm. ... RHP Aaron Harang is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start Sunday for Cincinnati, giving RHP Edinson Volquez two extra days of rest. Harang hasn't pitched since July 8 because of a strained right forearm. ... The Reds announced the hiring as a special assistant of former Seattle and Anaheim general manager Bill Bavasi.

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Houston Astros
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Miguel Tejada, SS6120025 .282
Lance Berkman, 1B5110121 .333
Carlos Lee, LF5343102 .314
Hunter Pence, RF5112132 .272
Ty Wigginton, 3B5010023 .276
Michael Bourn, CF5121012 .232
Humberto Quintero, C5122004 .211
Randy Wolf, P3000033 .143
   a- Darin Erstad, PH1000010 .277
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .143
   b- David Newhan, PH1000010 .200
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Wolf in the 7th
b-struck out for Sampson in the 10th
2B - Kazuo Matsui (22, Cueto), Miguel Tejada (24, Cordero), Carlos Lee (27, Cordero)
HR - Kazuo Matsui (5, Cueto), Carlos Lee (28, Cueto), Hunter Pence (16, Cordero), Humberto Quintero (1, Masset)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui (27), Carlos Lee 3 (100), Hunter Pence 2 (59), Michael Bourn (16), Humberto Quintero 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee 3 (56), Hunter Pence 2 (19), Michael Bourn (8), Humberto Quintero 2 (5)
CS - Lance Berkman (3, 2nd base by Cueto/Ross)
Team LOB - 12
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Wigginton-Matsui-Berkman, Matsui-Tejada-Berkman, Berkman-Tejada, Tejada-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Randy Wolf 6744261 4.67
Chris Sampson (BS,1; W,6-4) 3211120 4.44
Wesley Wright 1000000 4.61
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 93-56, Chris Sampson 39-23, Wesley Wright 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-4, Chris Sampson 2-3, Wesley Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 25, Chris Sampson 10, Wesley Wright 3
Cincinnati Reds
Jeff Keppinger, SS4113001 .267
Joey Votto, 1B5010003 .280
Jay Bruce, RF4010012 .274
Brandon Phillips, 2B4122011 .276
Adam Dunn, LF4000030 .236
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3000120 .246
Corey Patterson, CF3010111 .193
David Ross, C3210102 .231
Johnny Cueto, P0100000 .030
   a- Andy Phillips, PH1010000 .174
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   b- Jolbert Cabrera, PH1010000 .382
    Mike Lincoln, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   c- Javier Valentin, PH1000000 .250
a-singled for Cueto in the 5th
b-singled for Masset in the 7th
c-flied out for Cordero in the 10th
2B - Jeff Keppinger (14, Wolf), Brandon Phillips (21, Wolf), David Ross (9, Sampson)
HR - Brandon Phillips (17, Wolf)
SF - Jeff Keppinger (2)
SH - Johnny Cueto (8)
RBI - Jeff Keppinger 3 (28), Brandon Phillips 2 (66)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Phillips 2 (23)
Team LOB - 3
E - Nick Masset (3, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto 5933292 5.01
Nick Masset 2320031 4.35
Mike Lincoln 2100120 3.51
Francisco Cordero (L,4-4) 1344111 3.93
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Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 109-65, Nick Masset 41-27, Mike Lincoln 30-17, Francisco Cordero 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 3-2, Nick Masset 3-1, Mike Lincoln 3-1, Francisco Cordero 1-1
Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 26, Nick Masset 10, Mike Lincoln 8, Francisco Cordero 7
Game Information
Attendance - 25652
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano