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HOUSTON -- The Cincinnati Reds are starting to believe in themselves.
"I feels great to beat a team in our division and to win on the road," Votto said. "But the best part of it was I don't think a single player on the bench was concerned when we were behind.
"They just believe in us now. I didn't get the feeling that anyone had their heads down."
Bronson Arroyo (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings.
"Things are really rolling for us now," Arroyo said. "Everything is just falling into place for us. I just want to keep riding this wave."
Manager Dusty Baker agreed.
"Arroyo pitched really well," Baker said. "And [Ryan] Hanigan and Janis and everyone contributed. His is a really big win. It's early but they all count the same."
"We still haven't gotten the big hit," Pence said. "You don't have a lot of opportunities. I think everyone has and once again we didn't get it done. I'm going to be a winner, I'm going to find a way in those times I'm up at bat, this time I didn't get them."
Geoff Geary (0-2) took the loss.
Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to give the Astros the lead. Arroyo was the pitcher who broke Lee's hand last Aug. 9 ending his season when he was leading the league in RBI.
Mike Hampton gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings for Houston. He struck out five and walked one. It was his first start against the Reds since May 26, 2003.
"I know I sound like a broken record, but we got good starting pitching and couldn't come up with a big hit when we needed one," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "All we needed was one big hit in the eighth and that would've given us the big, big inning for us but we just couldn't get it."
Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run single in the first to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.
Houston cut the deficit to one in the second on Ivan Rodriguez's RBI groundout.
|Slugger Joey Votto comes through for the Reds with this two-run double in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||5||2||2||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.174|
|Joey Votto, 1B||5||1||2||2||0||2||0||.354|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.158|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||2||2||0||1||0||.194|
|Darnell McDonald, RF||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.357|
|a- Chris Dickerson, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.217|
|Ryan Hanigan, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.273|
|Paul Janish, SS||3||1||2||0||0||0||1||.400|
|Bronson Arroyo, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.308|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Cordero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for McDonald in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Arroyo in the 8th|
|2B - Joey Votto (4, Byrdak)|
|SH - Bronson Arroyo 2 (3)|
|RBI - Joey Votto 2 (12), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (6)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1|
|DP - Arroyo-Janish-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto|
|Bronson Arroyo (W,3-0)||7||9||3||3||0||2||2||4.19|
|Arthur Rhodes (H,4)||1||1||0||0||2||1||0||0.00|
|Francisco Cordero (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 80-52, Arthur Rhodes 25-13, Francisco Cordero 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 10-5, Arthur Rhodes 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 26, Arthur Rhodes 6, Francisco Cordero 4|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.219|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.360|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.205|
|Carlos Lee, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.244|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||3||.319|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||4||0||3||0||0||0||0||.341|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.227|
|Jason Smith, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Mike Hampton, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Byrdak, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jason Michaels, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Darin Erstad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.125|
|a-doubled for Hawkins in the 8th|
|b-lined out for Valverde in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Michaels (1, Rhodes)|
|HR - Lance Berkman (3, Arroyo), Carlos Lee (2, Arroyo)|
|SH - Kazuo Matsui (1), Mike Hampton (1)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman (7), Carlos Lee (8), Ivan Rodriguez (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lance Berkman (7), Carlos Lee (2)|
|CS - Ivan Rodriguez (1, 2nd base by Arroyo/Hanigan)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1|
|DP - Tejada-Matsui-Berkman|
|Geoff Geary (L,0-2)||0||1||1||1||1||0||0||5.63|
|Tim Byrdak (BS,1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|HBP - Janish (by LaTroy Hawkins)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 100-67, Geoff Geary 7-3, Tim Byrdak 8-8, LaTroy Hawkins 17-10, Jose Valverde 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 11-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 27, Geoff Geary 2, Tim Byrdak 2, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Jose Valverde 3|
|Attendance - 23308|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|