Cincinnati at Houston

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Cincinnati (54-56) «000050000560
Houston (36-74)000010000150

Reds 5, Astros 1

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HOUSTON -- Homer Bailey's ornate orange cowboy boots sat in his locker below a pair of well-worn Wrangler jeans, and the Texas native smiled as reporters approached on Tuesday night.

"Home sweet home," he said before anyone could ask a question.

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After being knocked around in his previous start, Bailey pitched eight solid innings to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-1 victory against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, about 100 miles from his hometown of La Grange.

Cincinnati scored five times in the fifth, highlighted by Edgar Renteria's ninth career grand slam, and has won four of five since it was swept in a four-game series against the New York Mets.

Chris Heisey and Ramon Hernandez sparked Cincinnati's big inning with consecutive doubles, making it 1-0. Wandy Rodriguez (7-8) walked Bailey and Drew Stubbs with one out to set up Renteria's second home run of the season, which landed in the Crawford Boxes in left field.

Bailey (6-5) allowed one run and five hits to bounce back from his rough outing in that series against New York, when he surrendered a career-high nine earned runs and 12 hits in four-plus innings.

"I was hoping that him pitching in front of the home folks here and getting some of momma's home cooking was going to help him," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said.

Bailey also tossed seven scoreless innings against the Astros in his first career appearance at Minute Maid in May.

"Two of the times he's thrown really well have been here, and I know he's from Texas," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "So that might have something to do with it; I don't know."

Bailey said he left more than 30 tickets for friends and relatives, but he was most excited to pitch in front of his grandmother.

"[She] is 80-something years old and it's kind of hard for her to travel ... so knowing that she got to see me pitch in the major leagues meant a lot to me," he said. "Now she saw that back to back times I've gotten to throw well, it can just add to her scrapbook of articles she gets to keep."

Aroldis Chapman relieved Bailey and pitched a perfect ninth to extend his streak of hitless innings to 9 2/3.

The new-look Astros had trouble stringing hits together Tuesday after winning the first game of the series 4-3 in 10 innings.

Jimmy Paredes reached on a leadoff walk in the fifth inning before a single by Carlos Corporan sent him to third. Paredes scored on a single by Luis Durango that bounced off third base and went into left field to trim Cincinnati's lead to 5-1.

Bailey limited the damage by getting Jose Altuve to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Bailey didn't allow another hit until Altuve singled with one out in the eighth, but he retired the next two Astros.

Rodriguez gave up four hits and walked three in five innings. He also struck out three to become Houston's franchise leader for strikeouts by a lefty with 947, passing Bob Knepper's 946.

"That one inning did him in," Mills said. "The first four innings he gave up one hit and was throwing the ball extremely well. That fifth inning, the big at-bat was the one to the pitcher, ended up walking him on nine pitches."

Bailey said pitching coach Bryan Price was the key to his success at the plate.

"I have to credit the pitching that I get from Bryan Price in the tunnel," he said. "That's where all that credit goes. He usually tries to throw me back foot sliders and back foot curveballs like Wandy was so I have a little bit of experience with it."

Rodriguez had some soreness in his back, but said that wasn't the reason for his struggles.

"That's not an excuse. I threw my first four innings," he said. "I felt sore earlier in the bullpen, but that's no excuse. I felt sore all game, but I could throw the ball."

Aneury Rodriguez, David Carpenter and Enerio Del Rosario combined for four innings of two-hit relief for the Astros.

Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips went 0 for 4 to end his 11-game hitting streak.

Notes

Baker said 3B Scott Rolen, sidelined by an inflamed left shoulder, will not be ready to come off the disabled list when he is eligible on Friday. He said he would know more about when he might be activated on Wednesday. ... Houston OF Jordan Schafer, on the DL with an injured left middle finger, should begin swinging by the end of the week. Schafer was acquired from Atlanta in the Michael Bourn trade. ... LHP Dontrelle Willis starts for the Reds in Wednesday night's series finale against Houston rookie Jordan Lyles. Both pitchers are winless this season, with Lyles 0-6 in 11 starts and Willis 0-1 in four starts. ... The 20-year-old Lyles is the youngest player in the National League and the second youngest in the majors behind the Angels' Mike Trout.

 
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Players of the Game
Cincinnati

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Cincinnati

H. Bailey
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 3
K 4
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Drew Stubbs, CF3100110 .258
Edgar Renteria, SS4114020 .247
    Paul Janish, SS0000000 .235
Joey Votto, 1B4010000 .320
Brandon Phillips, 2B4000001 .285
Miguel Cairo, 3B4000000 .270
Chris Heisey, RF-LF4120010 .249
Ramon Hernandez, C3111110 .302
Todd Frazier, LF3010002 .261
   a- Jay Bruce, PH-RF0000100 .266
Homer Bailey, P2100110 .200
   b- Yonder Alonso, PH1000002 .375
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Totals3256546  
a-was walked intentionally for Frazier in the 9th
b-grounded out for Bailey in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Heisey (8, Rodriguez), Ramon Hernandez (11, Rodriguez)
HR - Edgar Renteria (2, Rodriguez)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 4 (24), Ramon Hernandez (28)
SB - Chris Heisey (5, 2nd base off Del Rosario/Corporan)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Cairo-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey (W,6-5) 8511340 4.30
Aroldis Chapman 1000020 3.73
WP - Homer Bailey 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 99-66, Aroldis Chapman 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 10-9, Aroldis Chapman 1-0
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 31, Aroldis Chapman 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Luis Durango, CF4011010 .167
Jose Altuve, 2B3010101 .319
Brian Bogusevic, RF4010012 .220
Carlos Lee, 1B4000002 .267
J.D. Martinez, LF4000030 .167
Clint Barmes, SS3000100 .255
Jimmy Paredes, 3B3110110 .286
Carlos Corporan, C3010002 .187
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000 .119
   a- Jason Michaels, PH1000002 .198
    Aneury Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Downs, PH1000001 .225
    David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
Totals3115136  
a-popped out for Rodriguez in the 5th
b-popped out for A. Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brian Bogusevic (2, Bailey)
RBI - Luis Durango (1)
Team LOB - 6
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez (L,7-8) 5455331 3.69
Aneury Rodriguez 2100010 4.79
David Carpenter 1000010 4.32
Enerio Del Rosario 1100110 4.40
IBB - Bruce by Enerio Del Rosario
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 78-47, Aneury Rodriguez 23-15, David Carpenter 14-10, Enerio Del Rosario 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 4-8, Aneury Rodriguez 2-2, Enerio Del Rosario 2-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 22, Aneury Rodriguez 6, David Carpenter 3, Enerio Del Rosario 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22603
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins