Cincinnati at Houston

Final 13th
W: A. Simon (6-4) L: J. De Leon (0-1) S: A. Chapman (37)
HR: CIN - None   HOU - B. Barnes (8)

Hamilton runs wild, helps Reds get past Astros in 13th wire reports

HOUSTON -- Cincinnati's Jay Bruce loves playing in Houston, just an 85-mile drive from his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.

With the Astros' move to the American League, Bruce knew Wednesday night would likely be his last trip to Minute Maid Park for several years, and the slugger wanted to make the most of it.

He got his wish, knocking a two-run double in the 13th inning to help the Reds to a 6-5 victory.

"It's a little better when I do well here because it's where I grew up," Bruce said. "I have a lot of people come watch and it may correlate. It was a good series. I'm glad that we got the sweep and I'm also glad that I played well for myself, for the team No. 1 and for the people who came to watch."

Rookie base-stealing specialist Billy Hamilton got his first three career hits, had four steals, an RBI and scored the go-ahead run in his first major-league start.

"Billy makes it happen," manager Dusty Baker said. "Speed kills ... he played a great, great game."

Hamilton walked to start the 13th and stole second before Shin-Soo Choo walked. They advanced on a wild pitch before Jorge De Leon (0-1) intentionally walked Joey Votto with one out.

Bruce's third double of the game -- his career high -- bounced off the wall in center field to send Hamilton and Choo home. By the time he hit the game-winner, it was well after midnight and only a few fans remained and the majority of them were Bruce's friends and family who were crowded behind the Cincinnati dugout.

"It's always great coming back and seeing people," he said. "It's not too cool that we don't come back for a while."

Bruce had seven hits and 10 RBI in the series to give him 103 RBI this season.

Alfredo Simon (6-4) pitched three scoreless innings for Cincinnati. Aroldis Chapman allowed a hit and a run in the 13th, but struck out Chris Carter to end the 5-hour, 18-minute game for his 37th save.

Brandon Barnes hit a solo home run and Carlos Corporan drove in two runs for Houston.

The Reds led early, but Houston tied it at 4 with a two-run sixth.

Hamilton, who set a professional record with 155 steals in the minors last year, is the first player since 1920 to have four steals in his first major-league start, according to stats provided by the Reds from the Elias Sports Bureau.

"My job is to steal bases, no matter how many I get," Hamilton said. "That's a really big accomplishment for one game. So who knows what comes next."

He is the first Red with four steals in a game since Felipe Lopez in May 2006, and finished one steal shy of the team record. The 23-year-old is 9 for 9 on stolen-base attempts. He walked twice to become the eighth player in major-league history and the first since Bruce in 2008 to reach safely five times in their first career start.

The Astros were impressed with Hamilton.

"Four stolen bases and we weren't even close," Houston catcher Corporan said. "We even pitched out and he steals on the pitcher and the catcher. He's one of a kind."

Chris Carter and L.J. Hoes hit back-to-back singles with one out in the 12th, but Simon retired the next two batters to send it to the 13th.

The Astros had a shot to win it in the 11th. Barnes singled to start the inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Jonathan Villar. Cincinnati intentionally walked Jose Altuve before a single by Trevor Crowe.

But Altuve got caught in a rundown and was out on the play before Marc Krauss struck out to end the inning.

Bruce got things going for the Reds with an RBI double to right field to give them a 1-0 lead in the first. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Ludwick extended the lead to 2-0.

Hamilton collected his first hit with a double with two outs in the second inning. Hamilton scored on a single by Choo to leave Cincinnati up 3-0.

Barnes cut the lead to 3-1 with a solo home run which bounced off the low wall in right field to start the bottom of the third.

Hamilton hit a two-out single in the fourth and stole second. He had made five appearances as a pinch runner and two as a defensive replacement since his promotion on Sept. 2 before starting in center field on Wednesday night.

A bases-loaded one-out sacrifice fly by Corporan got Houston within 3-2 in the fourth inning.

Hamilton hit a two-out grounder down the right field line bounced off third base for an RBI single to extend the lead to 4-2 in the sixth. He stole second base in that inning.

Pinch-hitter Hoes greeted reliever Manny Parra with an RBI double to cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth. Corporan followed with a run-scoring double to tie it and end Parra's night.


The Reds have a day off on Thursday before opening a series against NL-Central foe Pittsburgh on Friday with Mat Latos scheduled to pitch against Francisco Liriano. ... Dallas Keuchel is set to pitch for the Astros when they begin a four-game series at Cleveland on Thursday. ... Votto went 0 for 4 with three walks to snap a 23-game hitting streak at Minute Maid Park, which was the longest by any player in the park's history.

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In his first start as a big-leaguer, speedster Billy Hamilton gets his first three hits and adds four stolen bases.  (USATSI)
In his first start as a big-leaguer, speedster Billy Hamilton gets his first three hits and adds four stolen bases. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Bruce
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

L. Hoes
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Brandon Phillips, 2B7000017 .261
Joey Votto, 1B4100312 .307
Jay Bruce, RF5033201 .270
Ryan Ludwick, DH6001039 .233
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   Ryan Hanigan, C0000000 .202
Billy Hamilton, CF4231211 .429
Greg Reynolds, P0000000 .167
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
   Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   Zach Duke, P00000001.000
   Alfredo Simon, P0000000 .143
   Aroldis Chapman, P0000000 .000
a-lined out for Mesoraco in the 12th
2B - Jay Bruce 3 (41, Peacock), Billy Hamilton (1, Peacock)
SF - Ryan Ludwick (1)
SH - Zack Cozart (12)
RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (52), Jay Bruce 3 (103), Ryan Ludwick (10), Billy Hamilton (1)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (17), Billy Hamilton (1)
SB - Billy Hamilton 4 (9, 2nd base off Peacock/Corporan)
Team LOB - 15
Outfield Assists - Shin-Soo Choo 1
DP - Frazier-B. Phillips-Votto
Cincinnati Reds
Greg Reynolds 3.2422211 5.55
Logan Ondrusek 1.2111030 4.17
Manny Parra (BS,1) 0211000 3.67
Sam LeCure 1.2100010 2.76
J.J. Hoover 1.1000200 2.89
Zach Duke 0.2000100 7.00
Alfredo Simon (W,6-4) 3400220 3.11
Aroldis Chapman (S,37) 1111210 2.67
IBB - Villar by J.J. Hoover, Altuve by Alfredo Simon
WP - Aroldis Chapman (6)
HBP - Barnes (by Greg Reynolds), Corporan (by J.J. Hoover)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Reynolds 65-38, Logan Ondrusek 29-19, Manny Parra 8-6, Sam LeCure 21-13, J.J. Hoover 26-12, Zach Duke 8-3, Alfredo Simon 53-32, Aroldis Chapman 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Reynolds 4-6, Logan Ondrusek 1-1, Sam LeCure 2-1, J.J. Hoover 2-1, Alfredo Simon 4-2, Aroldis Chapman 2-0
Batters Faced - Greg Reynolds 18, Logan Ondrusek 6, Manny Parra 2, Sam LeCure 5, J.J. Hoover 6, Zach Duke 3, Alfredo Simon 14, Aroldis Chapman 6
Houston Astros
Jonathan Villar, SS4100224 .280
Jose Altuve, 2B6020102 .286
Trevor Crowe, RF-LF6011122 .243
Marc Krauss, DH5100126 .193
   a-Brandon Laird, PH-DH0000100 .188
   Marwin Gonzalez, PR-DH0000000 .223
Matt Dominguez, 3B6030100 .244
Chris Carter, LF-1B5120214 .220
Brett Wallace, 1B2000004 .225
   b-L.J. Hoes, PH-RF4121000 .277
Carlos Corporan, C2012001 .235
   Jimmy Paredes, PR0000000 .202
   Cody Clark, C0000000 .034
   c-J.D. Martinez, PH1000001 .254
   Matt Pagnozzi, C1000012 .105
Brandon Barnes, CF4121003 .247
Brad Peacock, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000 .000
   Josh Zeid, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Lo Chia-Jen, P0000000 .000
   Jorge De Leon, P0000000 .000
a-walked for Krauss in the 13th
b-doubled for Wallace in the 6th
c-grounded out for Clark in the 10th
2B - Jose Altuve (30, Reynolds), Matt Dominguez (25, Reynolds), Chris Carter (24, Ondrusek), L.J. Hoes (6, Parra), Carlos Corporan (5, Parra)
HR - Brandon Barnes (8, Reynolds)
SF - Carlos Corporan (1)
SH - Jonathan Villar (7), Brandon Barnes (6)
RBI - Trevor Crowe (13), L.J. Hoes (9), Carlos Corporan 2 (20), Brandon Barnes (41)
CS - Jose Altuve (11, 2nd base by LeCure/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 16
E - Jonathan Villar (13, Dropped fly)
Houston Astros
Brad Peacock 5.2643350 5.24
Kevin Chapman 1.1000000 2.12
Josh Zeid 1100020 4.64
Josh Fields 1000310 5.56
Lo Chia-Jen 2100230 4.58
Jorge De Leon (L,0-1) 2122310 5.87
IBB - Bruce by Josh Fields, Votto by Jorge De Leon
WP - Jorge De Leon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 98-63, Kevin Chapman 13-8, Josh Zeid 18-11, Josh Fields 22-6, Lo Chia-Jen 36-22, Jorge De Leon 32-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 7-6, Kevin Chapman 1-3, Josh Fields 1-1, Lo Chia-Jen 1-2, Jorge De Leon 2-3
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 27, Kevin Chapman 4, Josh Zeid 4, Josh Fields 6, Lo Chia-Jen 9, Jorge De Leon 10
Game Information
Attendance - 29701
Game Time - 5:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Marvin Hudson