Reds rally for 2 in 9th, win 3-2 for rare sweep of Astros

CINCINNATI (AP) Gerrit Cole was in line for a rare win over Cincinnati. The Astros' impressive streak of avoiding sweeps appeared safe once more.

With a pair of two-out swings in the ninth, everything changed.

Rookie Nick Senzel singled home the tying run, and Jesse Winker followed with another single that gave the Reds a 3-2 victory Wednesday and ended the Astros' long run of leaving towns with at least one win.

Houston hadn't been swept this season and had avoided a road sweep since September 2017 at Oakland. Roberto Osuna (3-1) couldn't close it out as the Astros lost for the first time this season when leading after eight innings.

''Not being able to complete it is frustrating,'' Osuna said.

The AL West leaders dropped all three in Cincinnati and have lost a season-high four in a row overall.

The Reds have finally found a little momentum. They've spent the season trying to dig out of their 1-8 start and last place in the NL Central. They moved ahead of the Pirates while putting together a four-game winning streak, matching their longest of the season.

Pulling off three straight one-run wins over the Astros amounted to their best moment of the season.

''I will say it was a lot of fun,'' Winker said. ''That was our best series. We beat three really good pitchers and a really good bullpen. It was just a really good series.''

Former American League MVP Jose Altuve returned to Houston's lineup after missing 35 games with a hamstring strain. He went 0 for 4 and grounded into a double play.

Michael Brantley's two-run homer put Cole in position for only his second career win over Cincinnati. Jose Peraza doubled in the ninth and came around on Senzel's hit. Winker finished it off with a single up the middle just out of Altuve's reach. Matt Bowman (1-0) pitched two innings.

Cole is 1-8 against Cincinnati with the Pirates and Astros, who have lost 12 of his 13 starts against the Reds. Even when he pitches well, he can't get a win over them.

''When it's all said and done, it just didn't go our way,'' said Cole, who limited the Reds to Yasiel Puig's homer in six innings.

Cole gave up six hits and fanned eight . The major leagues' strikeout leader raised his season total to 148.

Brantley completed a productive series with his two-run shot in the sixth inning off Tyler Mahle, who was making his first start since complaining publicly about quick hooks from his manager. Brantley had three hits for the second straight game. He leads the majors with 31 multihit games.

Mahle was coming off his shortest start of the season, only 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday. Afterward, he said manager David Bell wasn't letting him get deeper into games, saying ''it's getting pretty ridiculous at this point.'' Bell spoke with him after the comments.

Mahle allowed four hits and one walk in a career-high seven innings.

GOTCHA

Winker also threw Tony Kemp out at the plate as he tried to score from second on Brantley's single to left field in the eighth inning. The call was upheld after a video review.

RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS ... AND TUESDAYS ... AND WEDNESDAYS ...

The start of the game was delayed 31 minutes because of rain. Each of the Reds' last four games - all at Great American Ball Park - had weather delays.

GOODBYE OLD FOE

The Reds got the better of a reunion of once-familiar foes that rarely play each other anymore. Houston's 847 all-time games against Cincinnati are by far its most against any opponent. The Astros were visiting Cincinnati for the first time since 2012. They're 40-38 all-time at Great American.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Cionel Perez - the only lefty in the Astros' bullpen - was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to open a roster spot for Altuve. Perez was 1-1 in three games.

Reds: Shortstop Jose Iglesias was activated off the three-day paternity list. Josh VanMeter was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. First baseman Joey Votto got a day of rest from the starting lineup, but he pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike.

UP NEXT

Astros: Left-hander Framber Valdez (3-2) opens a series against the Yankees in New York. It'll be his third start of the season along with 14 relief appearances.

Reds: Tanner Roark (4-6) tries for his first win in June when the Reds open a series in Milwaukee. Roark is 0-3 in three June starts, allowing 12 runs - 10 earned - in 18 innings.

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  • W: M. Bowman (1-0)L: R. Osuna (3-1)
  • HR: HOU - M. Brantley (11), CIN - Y. Puig (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley LF41321000.321.380.523.9049.0
J. Altuve 2B40000001.236.321.459.7810.0
J. Reddick RF40000010.293.333.434.767-0.5
Y. Gurriel 3B40100000.263.297.396.6931.0
T. White 1B30100111.237.346.349.6952.5
G. Stubbs C30000002.160.192.200.3920.0
J. Marisnick CF30000020.235.301.436.737-1.0
G. Cole P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
W. Harris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. Kemp PH10100000.226.299.409.7071.0
R. Pressly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Osuna P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Harris in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF41110111.261.320.461.7813.5
J. Winker LF40310100.251.326.465.7915.0
E. Suarez 3B40100013.250.329.470.7990.5
D. Dietrich 1B30000113.230.344.594.9380.5
Y. Puig RF41211012.230.274.429.7037.5
J. Iglesias SS40100001.288.331.410.7401.0
J. Peraza 2B41200010.219.269.337.6063.5
C. Casali C30000022.280.345.458.802-1.0
a- T. Barnhart PH10000011.200.298.329.627-0.5
T. Mahle P20000012.045.087.091.178-0.5
b- K. Farmer PH10100000.247.299.483.7821.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Votto PH10000011.256.351.397.748-0.5
  • a-struck out for Casali in the 9th
  • b-singled for Mahle in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Bowman in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (11)
  • HR - M. Brantley (11)
  • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, T. White, G. Stubbs 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (8), J. Peraza (8)
  • HR - Y. Puig (14)
  • RBI - N. Senzel (19), J. Winker (25), Y. Puig (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Senzel (11), J. Winker (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich 3 (3), Y. Puig 2 (2), J. Iglesias, T. Mahle 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bregman-Altuve-White; Gurriel-Altuve-White)
  • E - M. Brantley (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker (4)
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Dietrich)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole6.06113813.541.0215.0
W. Harris (H, 11)1.01000001.331.002.0
R. Pressly (H, 19)1.01000000.810.692.0
R. Osuna (L, 3-1) (BS, 3)0.23210202.320.81-8.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole6.0
W. Harris (H, 11)1.0
R. Pressly (H, 19)1.0
R. Osuna (L, 3-1) (BS, 3)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle7.04221714.171.2020.5
M. Bowman (W, 1-0)2.03000000.770.7710.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle7.0
M. Bowman (W, 1-0)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 94-64, W. Harris 9-7, R. Pressly 10-8, R. Osuna 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-4, W. Harris 2-0, R. Pressly 1-2
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 95-68, M. Bowman 32-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-7, M. Bowman 2-3
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 25, M. Bowman 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Bregman SS41100011.264.394.533.9261.5
M. Brantley LF41321000.321.380.523.9049.0
J. Altuve 2B40000001.236.321.459.7810.0
J. Reddick RF40000010.293.333.434.767-0.5
Y. Gurriel 3B40100000.263.297.396.6931.0
T. White 1B30100111.237.346.349.6952.5
G. Stubbs C30000002.160.192.200.3920.0
J. Marisnick CF30000020.235.301.436.737-1.0
G. Cole P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
W. Harris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- T. Kemp PH10100000.226.299.409.7071.0
R. Pressly P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Osuna P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Harris in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Senzel CF41110111.261.320.461.7813.5
J. Winker LF40310100.251.326.465.7915.0
E. Suarez 3B40100013.250.329.470.7990.5
D. Dietrich 1B30000113.230.344.594.9380.5
Y. Puig RF41211012.230.274.429.7037.5
J. Iglesias SS40100001.288.331.410.7401.0
J. Peraza 2B41200010.219.269.337.6063.5
C. Casali C30000022.280.345.458.802-1.0
a- T. Barnhart PH10000011.200.298.329.627-0.5
T. Mahle P20000012.045.087.091.178-0.5
b- K. Farmer PH10100000.247.299.483.7821.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Votto PH10000011.256.351.397.748-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Casali in the 9th
  • b-singled for Mahle in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Bowman in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. White (11)
  • HR - M. Brantley (11)
  • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (42)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley 2 (20)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, T. White, G. Stubbs 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (8), J. Peraza (8)
  • HR - Y. Puig (14)
  • RBI - N. Senzel (19), J. Winker (25), Y. Puig (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Senzel (11), J. Winker (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich 3 (3), Y. Puig 2 (2), J. Iglesias, T. Mahle 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Bregman-Altuve-White; Gurriel-Altuve-White)
  • E - M. Brantley (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Winker (4)
  • DP - (Suarez-Peraza-Dietrich)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole6.06113813.541.0215.0
W. Harris (H, 11)1.01000001.331.002.0
R. Pressly (H, 19)1.01000000.810.692.0
R. Osuna (L, 3-1) (BS, 3)0.23210202.320.81-8.0
Total8.211323101---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole6.0
W. Harris (H, 11)1.0
R. Pressly (H, 19)1.0
R. Osuna (L, 3-1) (BS, 3)0.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Mahle7.04221714.171.2020.5
M. Bowman (W, 1-0)2.03000000.770.7710.0
Total9.0722171---
PITCHERSIP
T. Mahle7.0
M. Bowman (W, 1-0)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 94-64, W. Harris 9-7, R. Pressly 10-8, R. Osuna 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-4, W. Harris 2-0, R. Pressly 1-2
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Mahle 95-68, M. Bowman 32-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Mahle 6-7, M. Bowman 2-3
  • Batters Faced - T. Mahle 25, M. Bowman 8
  • 9TH INNING
    Winker singled to right center, Senzel scored23
    Senzel singled to left, Peraza scored, Senzel to second on left fielder Brantley throwing error22
  • 6TH INNING
    Brantley homered to right, Bregman scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    Puig homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • M. Bowman Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve lined out to left
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to center
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gurriel singled to right
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, White flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Peraza doubled to left center
    • Tucker Barnhart hit for Curt Casali
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barnhart struck out swinging
    • Joey Votto hit for Matt Bowman
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • N. Senzel: Senzel singled to left, Peraza scored, Senzel to second on left fielder Brantley throwing error
    • J. Winker: Winker singled to right center, Senzel scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Matt Bowman pitching
    • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to third
    • Tony Kemp hit for Will Harris
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp singled to left center
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third, Kemp to second
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley singled to left, Kemp out at home
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Pressly pitching
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Suarez grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Dietrich fouled out to third
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Puig doubled to deep left
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to third
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
    • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, White doubled to deep left
    • G. Stubbs: Stubbs fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
    • Kyle Farmer hit for Tyler Mahle
    • K. Farmer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Farmer singled to right center
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Senzel grounded into double play third to second to first, Farmer out at second
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
    • G. Cole: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cole struck out looking
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to left center
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Brantley homered to right, Bregman scored
    • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to first
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Peraza popped out to second
    • C. Casali: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Casali struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick flied out to center
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel flied out to shallow right
    • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, White walked
    • G. Stubbs: Foul, Ball, Stubbs grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Senzel flied out to right
    • J. Winker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Winker singled to left center
    • E. Suarez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dietrich walked, Winker to second
    • Y. Puig: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley fouled out to catcher
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Puig grounded out to first
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Iglesias reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Peraza singled to shallow right, Iglesias to third
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Casali struck out swinging
    • T. Mahle: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahle struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • G. Stubbs: Stubbs flied out to left
    • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Marisnick struck out on foul tip
    • G. Cole: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cole struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • T. Mahle: Ball, Mahle grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Winker singled to left center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Suarez singled to left, Winker to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Gurriel lined out to right
    • T. White: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Puig homered to left center
    • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Peraza struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Casali lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Mahle Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman popped out to second
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to shallow center
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve grounded into double play third to second to first, Brantley out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Senzel walked
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Winker walked, Senzel to second
    • E. Suarez: Suarez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Senzel to third, Winker out at second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dietrich lined out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)