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Votto helps Reds drop Astros for third win in four tries

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- The Cincinnati Reds are starting to believe in themselves.

Joey Votto's two-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Reds to a 4-3 victory against the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Trailing 3-2, Paul Janish and Willy Taveras singled before Votto's hit. It was the third time in the past four games that the Reds rallied late to win.

"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."

Arthur Rhodes got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Hunter Pence. Francisco Cordero then pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five tries.

"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.

Notes

  • Berkman tied Craig Biggio for second on the Astros' all-time home run list with 291.
  • Houston increased its NL-leading total of double plays to 18 with one in the fourth inning.
  • Kaz Matsui was back in the lineup for the first time in six games after sitting out with a sore back.
  • Jay Bruce missed his third consecutive game with a bruise on his right hand, although he did pinch run in Sunday's game.
  • Cincinnati has trailed in 10 of its 12 games this season.
 
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Slugger Joey Votto comes through for the Reds with this two-run double in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Slugger Joey Votto comes through for the Reds with this two-run double in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Votto
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

C. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF5220011 .286
Jerry Hairston Jr., LF4000111 .174
Joey Votto, 1B5122020 .354
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000011 .158
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4022010 .194
Darnell McDonald, RF2010101 .357
   a- Chris Dickerson, PH-RF0000100 .217
Ryan Hanigan, C4010012 .273
Paul Janish, SS3120001 .400
Bronson Arroyo, P1000000 .000
   b- Laynce Nix, PH1000012 .308
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals33410438  
a-walked for McDonald in the 8th
b-struck out for Arroyo in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Willy Taveras 1
DP - Arroyo-Janish-Votto, B. Phillips-Janish-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Bronson Arroyo (W,3-0) 7933022 4.19
Arthur Rhodes (H,4) 1100210 0.00
Francisco Cordero (S,5) 1100000 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
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B3010011 .219
Miguel Tejada, SS3000102 .360
Lance Berkman, 1B4111002 .205
Carlos Lee, LF3111100 .244
Hunter Pence, RF4120013 .319
Geoff Blum, 3B4030000 .341
Ivan Rodriguez, C4011002 .227
    Jason Smith, PR0000000 .000
Michael Bourn, CF4010012 .250
Mike Hampton, P1000001 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1010000 .167
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
   b- Darin Erstad, PH1000001 .125
Totals32311323  
a-doubled for Hawkins in the 8th
b-lined out for Valverde in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Bourn 1
DP - Tejada-Matsui-Berkman
Houston Astros
Mike Hampton 6.1833150 3.12
Geoff Geary (L,0-2)0111100 5.63
Tim Byrdak (BS,1) 0.2100010 3.38
LaTroy Hawkins 1000110 3.00
Jose Valverde 1000010 5.40
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
Game Information
Attendance - 23308
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Paul Schrieber