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Houston (34-65)000000030380

Reds win season-high seventh straight

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HOUSTON -- Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker wasn't ready to rave about his team after the Reds captured a season-high seventh straight victory on Wednesday night.

Still, he's happy with the way the NL Central leaders have been pulling out wins lately.

Drew Stubbs delivered another huge hit in the ninth inning, launching a two-out, two-run double that rallied the Reds past Houston 5-3.

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"Well, we haven't been really playing that well," Baker said. "We've been playing well enough to win, which is what we're here for. We've been getting some clutch hits, some very good pitching and that's what it starts with is the pitching ... we've put together some good streaks and that's why we are where we are."

Stubbs came through with the Reds trailing 3-2. A night earlier, he hit a two-run homer in the ninth that wiped out the Astros' one-run lead.

Both of Stubbs' hits came against former teammate Francisco Cordero (3-7).

"That was a huge, clutch hit," Baker said of Wednesday's double. "That was probably even bigger than last night's."

The Reds sent Houston to its ninth loss in a row, tying a season worst.

Houston scored three times in the eighth to take the lead. But pinch hitter Xavier Paul opened the Cincinnati ninth with a double off Cordero and pinch hitter Brandon Phillips drew a one-out walk.

Stubbs' double pinged low on the wall in center field to allow Paul and Phillips to score.

"I actually hit that one a lot better than I hit the one last night," Stubbs said. "Luckily we were able to hang on there at the end."

Jay Bruce added an insurance run with an RBI single later in the ninth.

Sean Marshall (3-3) got the last out in the eighth for the win and closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 19th save.

Cordero has blown both of his save opportunities since joining the Astros in a trade from Toronto on Friday.

The Astros trailed 2-0 entering the eighth before Jose Altuve doubled off Logan Ondrusek. Scott Moore and J.D. Martinez hit RBI doubles and two errors put Houston ahead.

Reds starter Homer Bailey scattered four hits with seven strikeouts over seven scoreless innings.

Stubbs, who had seven hits and five RBI in this series, likes the way the Reds are playing right now.

"It just feels like everything is clicking for us," he said. "If we get down we come back ... and I think that's just the combination of us playing good baseball, getting some lucky bounces and that's the formula to winning a championship. I'm not saying at this point it's going to happen, but that's the type of stuff it takes to do it."

The Astros had plenty of opportunities to put more runs on the board, but went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

"That was our Achilles' heel today," Houston manager Brad Mills said.

Astros starter Bud Norris yielded five hits and a run with seven strikeouts in seven innings. He hasn't won since May 21.

Scott Rolen's RBI single pushed Cincinnati's lead to 2-0 in the eighth.

Devin Mesoraco singled to start the third, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Bailey and scored on Stubbs' two-out double.

The Reds turned a double play to end the third inning before Bailey retired six of the next seven batters.

Brian Bogusevic singled with one out in the Houston seventh and Carlos Corporan drew a walk. Then with a group of his friends and relatives chanting, "Homer, Homer," Bailey retired the next two Astros to preserve the lead and end his night.

Notes

  • Baker kept 2B Phillips out of the starting lineup for rest, then used him in the ninth.
  • The Astros recalled reliever Xavier Cedeno from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
  • Baker said that star first baseman Joey Votto, on the disabled list after arthroscopic knee surgery, is progressing well but that he doesn't have an official timetable for his return.
  • The Reds have a day off on Thursday before opening a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.
  • Rookie Dallas Keuchel pitches for Houston on Thursday when the Astros open a four-game series with A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
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Drew Stubbs connects on a two-run double in the ninth inning to put the Reds over the Astros.  (US Presswire)
Drew Stubbs connects on a two-run double in the ninth inning to put the Reds over the Astros. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Houston

J. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

D. Stubbs
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Zack Cozart, SS4000133 .242
Drew Stubbs, CF5223011 .230
Jay Bruce, RF4021101 .247
Ryan Ludwick, LF4010122 .243
    Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
Scott Rolen, 3B4011001 .212
Todd Frazier, 1B4010012 .283
Wilson Valdez, 2B3000002 .237
   a- Xavier Paul, PH-LF1110000 .444
Devin Mesoraco, C3120012 .226
   b- Chris Heisey, PH1000011 .273
    Ryan Hanigan, C0000000 .269
Homer Bailey, P2000011 .136
    Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
   c- Brandon Phillips, PH-2B0100100 .298
Totals355105410  
a-doubled for Valdez in the 9th
b-struck out for Mesoraco in the 9th
c-walked for Marshall in the 9th
Batting
2B - Drew Stubbs 2 (12, Norris, Cordero), Xavier Paul (1, Cordero), Devin Mesoraco (7, Norris)
SH - Homer Bailey (4)
RBI - Drew Stubbs 3 (29), Jay Bruce (61), Scott Rolen (22)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Stubbs 3 (13), Jay Bruce (17)
SB - Drew Stubbs (20, 3rd base off F. Rodriguez/Snyder), Jay Bruce (7, 2nd base off F. Rodriguez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Frazier, Cozart-Valdez-Frazier
E - Todd Frazier (4, Throwing), Ryan Ludwick (1, Throwing), Devin Mesoraco (1, Throwing), Scott Rolen (7, Misplayed grounder)
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Homer Bailey 7400570 3.53
Logan Ondrusek (BS,2) 0.2332000 3.13
Sean Marshall (W,3-3) 0.1000000 2.63
Aroldis Chapman (S,19) 1100010 1.51
WP - Logan Ondrusek (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 113-68, Logan Ondrusek 19-11, Sean Marshall 4-3, Aroldis Chapman 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 7-5, Aroldis Chapman 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 28, Logan Ondrusek 5, Sean Marshall 1, Aroldis Chapman 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4000114 .275
Jose Altuve, 2B4130101 .299
Justin Maxwell, CF4000013 .224
Chris Johnson, 3B4000023 .273
Scott Moore, 1B-RF3111121 .222
J.D. Martinez, LF4121010 .244
Brian Bogusevic, RF4010001 .219
    Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
Carlos Corporan, C1000201 .333
    Jordan Schafer, PR0000000 .225
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Xavier Cedeno, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Cordero, P0000000 .000
    Matt Downs, 1B1000010 .200
Bud Norris, P2000001 .161
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000002 .246
    Chris Snyder, C1010000 .181
Totals3338258  
a-flied out for Norris in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (24, Ondrusek), Scott Moore (5, Ondrusek), J.D. Martinez (12, Ondrusek), Chris Snyder (6, Chapman)
RBI - Scott Moore (11), J.D. Martinez (51)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Moore (5), J.D. Martinez (20)
SB - Jose Altuve (17, 3rd base off Bailey/Mesoraco), Brian Bogusevic (11, 2nd base off Bailey/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brian Bogusevic 1
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris 7511170 5.05
Enerio Del Rosario 0.1011100 8.56
Xavier Cedeno0100000 2.89
Fernando Rodriguez 0.2100100 6.21
Francisco Cordero (BS,5; L,3-7) 0.2233120 6.87
Fernando Abad 0.1100010 3.86
IBB - Ludwick by Fernando Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 99-67, Enerio Del Rosario 6-2, Xavier Cedeno 3-2, Fernando Rodriguez 8-3, Francisco Cordero 28-19, Fernando Abad 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 4-10, Enerio Del Rosario 1-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 27, Enerio Del Rosario 2, Xavier Cedeno 1, Fernando Rodriguez 3, Francisco Cordero 5, Fernando Abad 2
Game Information
Attendance - 16077
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom