|Houston (72-83) «||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||x||3||6||0|
HOUSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez found the mix he needed to stop the surging Cincinnati Reds.
Rodriguez pitched six solid innings, Humberto Quintero homered and the Houston Astros beat Cincinnati 3-2 on Sunday to snap the Reds' six-game winning streak.
Rodriguez (14-11) allowed two runs and nine hits. He struck out nine and walked one in his career-high 32nd start of the season.
"I felt great," said Rodriguez, who also has set career bests in wins, strikeouts (190) and innings (199 2-3) this season. "Everything was working good for me. My breaking ball was really good. I didn't think they could hit my breaking ball today."
Houston improved to 2-4 under interim manager Dave Clark, who was impressed with Rodriguez's crisp effort. The Astros had lost nine straight against the Reds.
"Wandy had a good breaking ball today," said Clark, who took over for Cecil Cooper last Monday. "He also had good command of his fastball. When you see him go to his breaking ball too often, that's when he has problems. But he was able to mix it up today."
Jeff Fulchino worked a perfect seventh, LaTroy Hawkins threw a scoreless eighth and Jose Valverde finished up for his 25th save. Valverde has converted 19 straight save opportunities and hasn't allowed a run in his last 12.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (10-11) went 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked five.
"Johnny pitched outstanding," manager Dusty Baker said. "His pitch count wasn't that high, as long as he went. He just had that one inning where he lost control of the strike zone and they scored on a couple of fielder's choices."
The Reds had scored 10 runs apiece in each of the first two games of the series.
"I felt good and I was really locating my pitches well today," Cueto said. "The hitters have a job to do and I have a job to do. I can't tell them to hit. They scored a lot of runs the last two games. There's nothing I can do about it."
Houston scored twice in the third after loading the bases with nobody out. Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee each had an RBI grounder.
Quintero hit his fourth homer of the season in the fourth.
The Reds closed to 3-2 in the sixth on Jonny Gomes' RBI double and a run-scoring single by Ramon Hernandez.
|Players of the Game|
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|Drew Stubbs, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.255|
|a- Kevin Barker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.310|
|Paul Janish, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.218|
|Joey Votto, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.318|
|Brandon Phillips, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.279|
|Jonny Gomes, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.268|
|Darnell McDonald, RF||3||0||1||0||0||2||1||.260|
|b- Jay Bruce, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.220|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.255|
|Adam Rosales, 3B||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.207|
|c- Juan Francisco, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.444|
|Johnny Cueto, P||3||0||1||0||0||2||5||.130|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|a-grounded out for Stubbs in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for McDonald in the 8th|
|c-walked for Rosales in the 9th|
|d-grounded into a double play for Masset in the 9th|
|2B - Jonny Gomes 2 (16, Rodriguez, Hawkins)|
|RBI - Jonny Gomes (51), Ramon Hernandez (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ramon Hernandez (17)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Janish-B. Phillips-Votto, Masset-Janish-Votto|
|E - Adam Rosales (7, Throwing)|
|Johnny Cueto (L,10-11)||7.1||6||3||3||5||5||1||4.35|
|WP - Johnny Cueto (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Johnny Cueto 111-65, Nick Masset 3-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Johnny Cueto 11-6, Nick Masset 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Johnny Cueto 33, Nick Masset 1|
|Michael Bourn, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.289|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.309|
|Lance Berkman, 1B||3||0||0||1||1||1||1||.269|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.300|
|Jason Michaels, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.284|
|Geoff Blum, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.249|
|Edwin Maysonet, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.294|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Humberto Quintero, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||2||.242|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.129|
|Jeff Fulchino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Jeff Keppinger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.256|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|a-grounded out for Fulchino in the 7th|
|2B - Miguel Tejada (45, Cueto), Hunter Pence (25, Cueto)|
|HR - Humberto Quintero (4, Cueto)|
|RBI - Lance Berkman (77), Carlos Lee (99), Humberto Quintero (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Humberto Quintero (7)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Tejada-Maysonet-Berkman, Tejada-Matsui-Berkman|
|Wandy Rodriguez (W,14-11)||6||9||2||2||1||9||0||2.97|
|Jeff Fulchino (H,11)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3.40|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,19)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.20|
|Jose Valverde (S,25)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.08|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 107-68, Jeff Fulchino 12-8, LaTroy Hawkins 10-7, Jose Valverde 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-2, Jeff Fulchino 1-0, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0, Jose Valverde 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 27, Jeff Fulchino 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Jose Valverde 3|
|Attendance - 37595|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Delfin Colon|