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Cincinnati at Houston

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Cincinnati (84-65) «00214010311131
Houston (71-77)010000000162

Reds 11, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- Bronson Arroyo got all the backing he needed from a trio of longballs.

Jay Bruce, Jim Edmonds and Drew Stubbs hit home runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 11-1 Saturday night to increase their lead in the NL Central.

The Reds opened a seven-game edge over second-place St. Louis. Cincinnati stopped a six-game road losing streak.

Arroyo (16-10) pitched four-hit ball for six innings, striking out five and walking one.

"We had an excellent pitched game out of Arroyo," manager Dusty Baker said. "He continued his streak of 200 innings for the year and won his 16th game."

"He's Mr. Consistency," he said.

Arroyo reached the 200-inning mark for the sixth straight year.

Bruce's two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth as the Reds took a 7-1 lead. Joey Votto started the inning with a double and Bruce connected one out later off Nelson Figueroa (5-3) for his 21st home run.

"It gave us some cushion and my family was here to see it," Bruce said.

"We haven't been hot lately so it was nice to get out there tonight and get some runs on the board," he said.

Reliever Henry Villar walked the first two batters he faced, Ryan Hanigan hit an RBI single and Arroyo had a sacrifice fly. Villar also hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch and had a balk before Gustavo Chacin came on to get the final out.

Edmonds made it 3-1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his 10th of the season. Stubbs homered on the first pitch from Felipe Paulino in the seventh.

Cincinnati got three more runs in the ninth on a double by Hanigan and two-run single by pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso.

Arroyo said he tired in the sixth inning but got lucky.

"A couple of balls were hit right at Jay (Bruce) and we put enough runs on the board to let me pitch at ease," Arroyo said. "I gave up the homer early to Carlos and that happens a lot with him in this ballpark."

Figueroa's loss snapped a string of 17 straight games without a loss by Astros starting pitchers. Astros starters were 9-0 during the streak.

"Well, it's been a while since we had one like that," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "That's for sure. I know Figgy only had two walks, but it seems like he was in deep counts the whole game."

Carlos Lee led off the Houston second with his 23rd home run for a 1-0 lead.

"These games are going to happen," Lee said. "Hopefully, it doesn't happen often. It was one of those games that got out of hand."

"Arroyo pitched pretty good. He usually does against us. You have to give credit to them. They came out today, got some big hits and some long balls."

Cincinnati scored twice in the third, helped by third baseman Chris Johnson's throwing error. Orlando Cabrera and Scott Rolen hit RBI singles.

The Reds have struggled on the road lately.

"We struggled last road trip and now we're 1-1 on this road trip," Baker said. "We've got to forget about that last one and go forward on this one."

Notes

Reds OF Laynce Nix was activated from the disabled list after recovering from a sprained left ankle. ... Arroyo is one of four major league pitchers to win at least 15 games in each of the last three years.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

J. Bruce
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brandon Phillips, 2B4010021 .273
   a- Chris Valaika, PH-2B1000001 .310
Orlando Cabrera, SS4111104 .266
Joey Votto, 1B3110111 .321
    Jordan Smith, P0000000 .000
    Corky Miller, C0000000 .242
Scott Rolen, 3B4011013 .290
   b- Paul Janish, PH-3B1000000 .274
Jay Bruce, RF5222023 .277
Jim Edmonds, LF4321120 .275
Drew Stubbs, CF4211112 .250
Ryan Hanigan, C5132000 .283
    Jared Burton, P0000000 .000
Bronson Arroyo, P2101012 .141
   c- Juan Francisco, PH1000000 .286
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Yonder Alonso, 1B1012000 .308
Totals39111311410  
a-grounded out for B. Phillips in the 9th
b-grounded out for Rolen in the 9th
c-flied out for Arroyo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Joey Votto (33, Figueroa), Ryan Hanigan (9, Del Rosario)
HR - Jay Bruce (21, Figueroa), Jim Edmonds (10, Figueroa), Drew Stubbs (19, Paulino)
SF - Bronson Arroyo (1)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (41), Scott Rolen (80), Jay Bruce 2 (64), Jim Edmonds (22), Drew Stubbs (70), Ryan Hanigan 2 (39), Bronson Arroyo (8), Yonder Alonso 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Cabrera (17), Scott Rolen (30), Ryan Hanigan (21), Yonder Alonso 2 (2)
CS - Joey Votto (5, 2nd base by Wright/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Orlando Cabrera (11, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bronson Arroyo (W,16-10) 6411151 3.98
Arthur Rhodes 1100010 2.05
Jordan Smith 1100020 3.29
Jared Burton 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Bronson Arroyo 98-63, Arthur Rhodes 16-14, Jordan Smith 14-10, Jared Burton 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bronson Arroyo 5-8, Arthur Rhodes 1-1, Jordan Smith 2-0, Jared Burton 2-1
Batters Faced - Bronson Arroyo 23, Arthur Rhodes 4, Jordan Smith 5, Jared Burton 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4010001 .265
Angel Sanchez, SS4000011 .275
Hunter Pence, RF3000110 .283
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
Carlos Lee, LF4131001 .249
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-LF0000000 .237
Jeff Keppinger, 2B3000012 .291
    Felipe Paulino, P0000000 .292
   a- Brian Bogusevic, PH-RF1000012 .200
Brett Wallace, 1B4000021 .207
Chris Johnson, 3B4020000 .318
Jason Castro, C2000011 .210
   b- Brian Esposito, PH-C2000001 .000
Nelson Figueroa, P1000000 .154
    Henry Villar, P0000000 .000
    Gustavo Chacin, P00000001.000
   c- Anderson Hernandez, PH1000011 .222
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Matt Downs, 2B1000001 .226
Totals3416118  
a-struck out for Paulino in the 8th
b-flied out for Castro in the 7th
c-struck out for Chacin in the 5th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee (27, Arroyo), Chris Johnson (19, Arroyo)
HR - Carlos Lee (23, Arroyo)
RBI - Carlos Lee (86)
SB - Michael Bourn (52, 2nd base off Arroyo/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Chris Johnson (15, Throwing), Hunter Pence (6, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nelson Figueroa (L,5-3) 4.1753252 3.51
Henry Villar 0.1122200 9.00
Gustavo Chacin 0.1000000 4.50
Wesley Wright 1.1000030 6.00
Felipe Paulino 1.2111011 4.36
Enerio Del Rosario 1433010 4.66
HBP - B. Phillips (by Henry Villar), Votto (by Wesley Wright)
WP - Nelson Figueroa (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Nelson Figueroa 104-64, Henry Villar 24-10, Gustavo Chacin 3-2, Wesley Wright 20-12, Felipe Paulino 18-15, Enerio Del Rosario 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nelson Figueroa 3-6, Felipe Paulino 2-2, Enerio Del Rosario 2-0
Batters Faced - Nelson Figueroa 23, Henry Villar 5, Gustavo Chacin 1, Wesley Wright 4, Felipe Paulino 6, Enerio Del Rosario 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29855
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters