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Volquez's one-hit pitching helps end Astros' domination in Cincy

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CINCINNATI -- For the first time since 2007, the Astros had nothing to celebrate in Cincinnati.

Edinson Volquez ended the longest current streak of road domination in the majors by allowing only one hit through eight innings Wednesday night, leading the Reds to a 3-0 victory that ended Houston's streak of 11 consecutive wins at Great American Ball Park.

The Astros hadn't lost in Cincinnati since 2007, putting together their longest stretch of wins at a road ballpark in franchise history. They had won 16 of 17 in Cincinnati over the last three years, getting nearly every break and every big hit.

This time, they got neither.

Volquez (3-2) gave up only Miguel Tejada's double in the first inning. He retired 17 in a row over one stretch, walking one and hitting a batter in the longest appearance of his career.

"I threw all my pitches where I wanted," said Volquez, who walked a career-high seven batters in his last start. "I wanted to go deep in the game."

He threw 106 pitches and Francisco Cordero completed the one-hitter with his seventh save in as many chances.

Laynce Nix tripled, scored a run and drove in another with an infield single off Felipe Paulino (1-3), who had trouble with the bottom of a lineup that's second-to-last in hitting in the NL. Rookie Adam Rosales had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.

Several Reds coaches and players, including Rosales, got drenched while helping the grounds crew wrestle the tarp into place during a 15-minute cloudburst before batting practice. Against tall odds, they wanted to keep the field dry so they could play this one.

"I had a full day," said Rosales, who was called up Tuesday night. "It was nice to beat those guys. I don't know how many we'd lost in a row at home to them."

Houston is 32-16-1 at Great American since it opened for the 2003 season, feeling very cozy in the NL's most homer-friendly ballpark. It took a dominating performance by Cincinnati's only 2008 All-Star to end the Astros' run.

The right-hander got batters to hit balls on the rain-softened ground. He induced 12 groundouts and one popup, and had six strikeouts as 19 batters failed to get the ball out of the infield.

"They didn't hit many balls hard, but if they did, it was on the ground right at somebody," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Although the Astros couldn't hit him, they weren't overly impressed by him.

"I didn't think he was all that sharp," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "It looked like he had some life to his fastball. It looked like we had some pitches to hit, but we just didn't swing it very well. You have to give him some credit, but I didn't think he was like a one-hit performance tonight."

The Astros knew it wouldn't be their day when center fielder Michael Bourn ran into Carlos Lee as the left fielder prepared to catch Joey Votto's routine fly in the sixth, letting it drop for a two-base error. Bourn, who had called for the ball, stuffed the top of his jersey into his mouth in frustration after the play. Votto later scored on Nix's infield single for a 2-0 lead.

"I called for it," Bourn said. "That's all I can tell you. If I call it, I want it."

Usually, those things don't happen when the Astros are in town.

"We were a little bit flat," Cooper said. "We made some mistakes defensively that we normally don't make."

Notes

  • The Astros left slumping Lance Berkman out of the lineup even though he has 20 homers at Great American, the most by a visiting player. He pinch hit and lined out, leaving him in a 1-for-23 slump.
  • RHP Brian Moehler made his second rehab appearance at Double-A, giving up 11 hits and eight runs in five innings. Moehler went on the DL April 14 with a sprained right knee.
  • Slumping Reds 2B Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup for the first time. He pinch hit for Volquez in the eighth and lined out.
 
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Edinson Volquez allows just one hit -- a first-inning double -- and fans six over eight innings.  (AP)
Edinson Volquez allows just one hit -- a first-inning double -- and fans six over eight innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Volquez
IP 8.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Cincinnati

L. Nix
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4000021 .238
Michael Bourn, CF4000021 .261
Miguel Tejada, SS4010000 .315
Carlos Lee, LF3000001 .253
Hunter Pence, RF3000000 .282
Geoff Blum, 3B3000020 .313
Darin Erstad, 1B3000000 .174
J.R. Towles, C1000010 .250
   a- Jason Michaels, PH0000100 .263
    Ivan Rodriguez, C0000000 .235
Felipe Paulino, P2000001 .167
    Chris Sampson, P0000000 .000
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
   b- Lance Berkman, PH1000001 .162
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
Totals2801017  
a-walked for Towles in the 8th
b-lined out for Byrdak in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Tejada (6, Volquez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Erstad
E - Michael Bourn (1, Dropped fly)
Houston Astros
Felipe Paulino (L,0-2) 5.2621230 2.55
Chris Sampson 1100010 1.32
Tim Byrdak 0.1000000 2.84
Doug Brocail 1111210 6.23
Pitches-Strikes - Felipe Paulino 88-54, Chris Sampson 16-11, Tim Byrdak 3-2, Doug Brocail 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felipe Paulino 6-8, Chris Sampson 1-1
Batters Faced - Felipe Paulino 25, Chris Sampson 4, Tim Byrdak 1, Doug Brocail 6
Cincinnati Reds
Willy Taveras, CF3020100 .262
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000015 .179
Joey Votto, 1B4100001 .346
Jay Bruce, RF4110011 .258
Ramon Hernandez, C3000101 .246
Laynce Nix, LF3121110 .310
Adam Rosales, 3B2012100 .500
Alex Gonzalez, SS4020024 .190
Edinson Volquez, P1000000 .000
   a- Brandon Phillips, PH1000002 .188
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals2938345  
a-lined out for Volquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (3, Sampson)
3B - Laynce Nix (1, Paulino)
SF - Adam Rosales (1)
SH - Edinson Volquez 2 (2)
RBI - Laynce Nix (3), Adam Rosales 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Laynce Nix (1)
SB - Willy Taveras (5, 2nd base off Paulino/Towles), Jay Bruce (1, 2nd base off Brocail/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Cincinnati Reds
Edinson Volquez (W,3-2) 8100160 4.45
Francisco Cordero (S,7) 1000010 3.00
HBP - Towles (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 106-67, Francisco Cordero 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 12-6, Francisco Cordero 2-0
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 27, Francisco Cordero 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12681
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Kevin Causey, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Field Culbreth