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Houston at Cincinnati

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Houston (58-59) «51200005013150
Cincinnati (52-67)000011002481

Astros 13, Reds 4

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CINCINNATI -- The Houston Astros looked mighty fine a day after losing slugger Carlos Lee.

In their first game after the National League's RBI leader suffered an injury that could keep him out for the rest of the regular season, Houston set season highs with eight extra-base hits and 13 runs while rolling to their biggest win of the season, 13-4 over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Michael Bourn homered and drove in a career-high four runs and Lance Berkman and Geoff Blum also went deep to help the Astros post their eighth victory in their last 10 games.

Their 13 runs, the most scored by Houston since an 18-1 win at St. Louis last Sept. 20, came fewer than 24 hours after Lee broke his left pinkie when he was hit by a pitch. He is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks.

"Carlos already had (100) RBI by mid-August," Bourn said. "That's hard to do. We're just trying to pick up the slack. It was a good day, all the way around."

Said manager Cecil Cooper: "We said people have to step up. Today is a prime example that we're capable of doing it."

The sweep was the Astros' first of a four-game series in Cincinnati since May 21-24, 2004. The Reds have dropped a season-high six straight and 14 of their last 16.

"That was some week here -- a bad week," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Not just bad games, but a bad week."

Wandy Rodriguez (7-4) retired the first 14 batters he faced on the way to his fourth win in his last five starts. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Aaron Harang (3-12), activated from the disabled list before the game after not pitching since July 8 because of stiffness in his right forearm, set a career high by allowing eight earned runs in just four innings. Houston tagged him for nine hits and a walk.

"Physically, I felt good," Harang said. "Everything I threw was right over the middle of the plate. Early on, especially in the first inning, they were sitting on my slider. That's definitely not the way I wanted to come back."

For the fourth time in the series, Houston scored in the first inning, this time plating five runs on RBI doubles by Miguel Tejada and Blum, and Bourn's three-run homer. It was his fifth of the season and first in 83 at bats since June 25.

"I just caught it in the right spot," Bourn said. "It was off-speed -- a slider."

Houston outscored the Reds by a total of 9-0 in the first innings of the series.

"It's like a broken record, getting behind by a lot early," Baker said. "I can't remember a clean, 1-2-3 first inning. It's been a while. It makes for a long day and a long week."

Rodriguez led off the second inning with a double through the drawn-in Reds outfield and up the left-center field gap to the wall. Darin Erstad drove him in from third one out later with a single to center.

Berkman led off the third inning with his 23rd homer of the season, and first in 113 at-bats since June 30. It was his 19th at Great American Ball Park, more than any other visitor. Blum followed on Harang's next pitch with his 11th homer of the season.

"They're hitting the ball, and they're hitting it early," Baker said. "You get behind and you get the ball up, and they're whacking it."

Edwin Encarnacion broke up Rodriguez's perfect game with a solo homer to left in the fifth inning, his 22nd homer of the season. Jolbert Cabrera added a home run in the sixth inning, his first since Sept. 5, 2004, for Seattle at Chicago.

Houston broke it open with a five-run eighth, including Bourn's run-scoring single. Ryan Hanigan added a two-run homer, the first of his career, for the Reds in the ninth.

Notes

  • Houston manager Cecil Cooper, reacting to an Internet report that the Astros were going to sign career home run leader Barry Bonds as a free agent, said, "Bonds is not a fit for us. If he would come, I would go. I wouldn't want to deal with it."
  • The Reds recalled C Ryan Hanigan from Triple-A Louisville, optioned RHP Homer Bailey to Louisville and designated C David Ross for assignment.
  • Reds OF Jay Bruce went 0-for-4, snapping his hitting streak at 13 games.
  • The Reds were outscored in the first inning 11-2 while going 1-6 over their seven-game homestand. They fell behind before their first turn at bat in five of the games.
 
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Players of the Game
Houston

M. Bourn
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

E. Encarnacion
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B5121002 .288
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .167
Darin Erstad, LF4022001 .284
Miguel Tejada, SS5111003 .283
Lance Berkman, 1B3111110 .334
    David Newhan, 2B1000010 .189
Geoff Blum, 3B-1B5332000 .235
Hunter Pence, RF5210020 .269
Michael Bourn, CF4224010 .232
Humberto Quintero, C3110010 .217
Wandy Rodriguez, P2110010 .121
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH-3B1111000 .279
Totals3813151217  
a-singled for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kazuo Matsui (23, Harang), Miguel Tejada (25, Harang), Geoff Blum (5, Harang), Hunter Pence (25, Majewski), Wandy Rodriguez (1, Harang)
HR - Lance Berkman (23, Harang), Geoff Blum (11, Harang), Michael Bourn (5, Harang)
SH - Darin Erstad (2), Wandy Rodriguez (3)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui (28), Darin Erstad 2 (21), Miguel Tejada (52), Lance Berkman (79), Geoff Blum 2 (34), Michael Bourn 4 (20), Ty Wigginton (31)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn 3 (11)
SB - Kazuo Matsui (19, 2nd base off Harang/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 2
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (W,7-4) 6.2522172 3.89
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1000000 5.36
Wesley Wright 1100020 4.50
Tim Byrdak 1222021 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 107-70, LaTroy Hawkins 3-2, Wesley Wright 17-12, Tim Byrdak 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 9-4, Wesley Wright 1-0, Tim Byrdak 1-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 26, LaTroy Hawkins 1, Wesley Wright 4, Tim Byrdak 5
Cincinnati Reds
Jolbert Cabrera, RF4111010 .359
Jeff Keppinger, SS4010000 .263
Jay Bruce, CF4000031 .273
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000021 .273
Adam Dunn, LF4010020 .233
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3221100 .250
Andy Phillips, 1B4010003 .180
Ryan Hanigan, C4122011 .500
Aaron Harang, P1000000 .162
    Bill Bray, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Rosales, PH1000010 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH0000000 .344
   c- Javier Valentin, PH1000003 .250
    Gary Majewski, P0000000 .000
    Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
   d- Corey Patterson, PH1000010 .189
Totals35484111  
a-struck out for Bray in the 6th
b-announced for Affeldt in the 7th
c-lined out for Hairston in the 7th
d-struck out for Cordero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn (14, Rodriguez), Edwin Encarnacion (21, Byrdak)
HR - Jolbert Cabrera (1, Rodriguez), Edwin Encarnacion (22, Rodriguez), Ryan Hanigan (1, Byrdak)
RBI - Jolbert Cabrera (3), Edwin Encarnacion (48), Ryan Hanigan 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (16), Ryan Hanigan 2 (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Keppinger-B. Phillips-Phillips, Keppinger-B. Phillips-Phillips
E - Andy Phillips (1, Throwing)
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (L,3-12) 4988133 5.17
Bill Bray 2100010 2.77
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 3.67
Gary Majewski 0.1554000 4.66
Nick Masset 0.2000000 4.30
Francisco Cordero 1000020 3.86
HBP - Quintero (by Gary Majewski)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 87-61, Bill Bray 23-16, Jeremy Affeldt 15-9, Gary Majewski 21-18, Francisco Cordero 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-3, Bill Bray 2-3, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Gary Majewski 1-0, Nick Masset 1-0, Francisco Cordero 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 21, Bill Bray 7, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Gary Majewski 7, Nick Masset 1, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30789
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor