Reds hit 3 homers off Justin Verlander, beat Astros 4-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Justin Verlander gives up a lot of fly balls. Great American Ball Park yields a lot of home runs. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage of the combination to finally win a series.

Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich homered off Verlander in the first inning Tuesday night, and the Reds held on for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros that clinched their first series win in nearly a month.

By taking the first two games, the Reds won a series for the first time since May 24-26, when they took two of three from the Cubs. The Astros hadn't dropped a series since April 29-May 2.

''The results are great,'' manager David Bell said. ''We've talked about getting on a streak, but we've been playing good teams. We're raising our level of expectations to do what it takes to win games.''

The homer made the difference, as the Reds hit three off Verlander (9-3) for all their runs.

The Reds quickly got to Verlander, who hadn't allowed a pair of homers in one inning all season. Winker connected on Verlander's fourth pitch, the third leadoff homer allowed by the right-hander this season. Joey Votto's double and Dietrich's first homer since May 28 made it 3-0.

''Picking up a three-spot is always good, no matter who you're facing, but especially against a pitcher like Verlander, where there's no room for error,'' Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani said.

Kyle Farmer added a homer in the seventh off Verlander, who has given up three homers in each of his last two starts. Verlander went seven innings and struck out eight.

He's allowed 20 homers, 17 of them solo shots. In his last two starts, he's given up 10 hits, six of them homers. His career high for homers allowed in a season is 30 with Detroit in 2016.

''Maybe I could throw less strikes, but I'm someone who traditionally wants to attack the (strike) zone and not let too many guys on base, so I kind of live and die by that,'' Verlander said.

Asked what he could do to cut down on homers, Verlander said, ''Invent a sinker? I don't know.''

DeSclafani (4-3) pitched into the sixth inning and remained unbeaten in June. He gave up six hits, including Yordan Alvarez's RBI double with one out in the sixth that cut it to 3-1 and ended his outing. Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Amir Garrett.

Closer Raisel Iglesias was used in a setup role again, fanning two in the eighth. Michael Lorenzen retired the side in order in the ninth for his second straight save and fourth overall.

The Astros stranded 10 batters - six in scoring position - while also losing the series opener 4-3. They stranded five in scoring position Tuesday and had three double plays that scuttled rallies.

MOVING UP

Verlander passed Mickey Lolich for 19th place on the career strikeout list with 2,839. Up next is Jim Bunning at 2,855.

RAINY DAYS AND TUESDAYS

The start of the game was delayed 28 minutes because of storms in the area. There was a 52-minute storm delay in Monday's game.

LONG TIME

Votto had a pair of doubles for the first time since June 17 last season at Pittsburgh. Votto has 385 career doubles, four shy of Davey Concepcion for third place on the Reds list. Pete Rose had 601 and Barry Larkin had 441.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve will be activated for the final game of the series. The 2017 AL MVP has been sidelined since May 11 by a strained left hamstring. ... OF George Springer is expected to start a rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Corpus Christi. He's been out since May 25, also with a strained left hamstring.

Reds: LHP Alex Wood threw 20 pitches in batting practice. He could start a rehab assignment next week. Wood has been sidelined since spring training by a bad back. ... 2B Scooter Gennett was held out of a game at Single-A Daytona on Tuesday because the field was wet. Gennett is on a rehab assignment as he recovers from a severe groin injury in spring training.

UP NEXT

Astros: Gerrit Cole (6-5) leads the majors with 140 strikeouts. He fanned 10 in his last start, a 15-2 win over Toronto on Friday.

Reds: Tyler Mahle (2-7) is coming off his shortest stint of the season, 4 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to Texas on Friday. He complained afterward about getting removed from games too quickly.

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  • W: A. DeSclafani (4-3)L: J. Verlander (9-3)S: M. Lorenzen (4)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (20), CIN - D. Dietrich (18), J. Winker (12), K. Farmer (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Brantley RF41300000.315.375.509.8855.0
Y. Alvarez LF40110002.333.444.7671.2113.0
Y. Gurriel 3B40200012.263.297.398.6962.5
R. Chirinos C40000024.236.365.500.865-1.0
T. White 1B40200000.235.343.342.6854.0
T. Kemp 2B30000111.221.294.404.6990.5
J. Marisnick CF20000012.240.306.445.751-0.5
a- J. Reddick PH-CF20000001.298.338.441.7790.0
J. Verlander P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- M. Straw PH01000100.281.410.375.7852.0
C. Devenski P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Marisnick in the 7th
  • b-walked for Verlander in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker LF41111000.242.316.460.7766.0
P. Ervin LF00000000.217.357.348.7050.0
J. Votto 1B41200010.257.353.398.7514.5
E. Suarez 3B40000032.250.330.473.803-1.5
D. Dietrich 2B21121101.235.346.605.9508.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. VanMeter PH00000000.220.347.268.6150.0
M. Lorenzen P00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
N. Senzel CF30000021.261.318.466.784-1.0
Y. Puig RF30000011.226.271.411.682-0.5
T. Barnhart C30100000.201.299.331.6312.0
J. Peraza SS30000001.214.264.328.5930.0
A. DeSclafani P20000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Farmer 2B11111000.239.292.477.7696.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Iglesias in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Brantley (21), Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel (17), T. White 2 (10)
  • HR - A. Bregman (20)
  • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (50), Y. Alvarez (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Chirinos 3 (3), J. Reddick
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto 2 (14), T. Barnhart (5)
  • HR - J. Winker (12), D. Dietrich (18), K. Farmer (6)
  • RBI - J. Winker (24), D. Dietrich 2 (39), K. Farmer (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Farmer (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich, Y. Puig, J. Peraza
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. VanMeter
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Senzel (2)
  • DP - 3 (Suarez-Dietrich-Votto; Peraza-Dietrich-Votto; Senzel-Suarez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Verlander (L, 9-3)7.06441832.590.749.0
C. Devenski1.00000004.401.333.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Verlander (L, 9-3)7.0
C. Devenski1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (W, 4-3)5.16111404.221.3216.0
D. Hernandez (H, 11)1.11000104.501.252.5
A. Garrett (H, 12)0.22221012.011.24-5.0
R. Iglesias (H, 3)0.20000202.901.391.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 4)1.00000003.051.2310.0
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani (W, 4-3)5.1
D. Hernandez (H, 11)1.1
A. Garrett (H, 12)0.2
R. Iglesias (H, 3)0.2
M. Lorenzen (S, 4)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Devenski (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 110-83, C. Devenski 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-8
  • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, C. Devenski 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Iglesias
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 86-54, D. Hernandez 11-10, A. Garrett 17-9, R. Iglesias 9-6, M. Lorenzen 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 4-6, A. Garrett 1-1, M. Lorenzen 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, D. Hernandez 4, A. Garrett 5, R. Iglesias 2, M. Lorenzen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Bregman SS41121010.265.396.537.9336.5
M. Brantley RF41300000.315.375.509.8855.0
Y. Alvarez LF40110002.333.444.7671.2113.0
Y. Gurriel 3B40200012.263.297.398.6962.5
R. Chirinos C40000024.236.365.500.865-1.0
T. White 1B40200000.235.343.342.6854.0
T. Kemp 2B30000111.221.294.404.6990.5
J. Marisnick CF20000012.240.306.445.751-0.5
a- J. Reddick PH-CF20000001.298.338.441.7790.0
J. Verlander P20000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
b- M. Straw PH01000100.281.410.375.7852.0
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  • a-grounded out for Marisnick in the 7th
  • b-walked for Verlander in the 8th
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J. Winker LF41111000.242.316.460.7766.0
P. Ervin LF00000000.217.357.348.7050.0
J. Votto 1B41200010.257.353.398.7514.5
E. Suarez 3B40000032.250.330.473.803-1.5
D. Dietrich 2B21121101.235.346.605.9508.0
A. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Iglesias P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. VanMeter PH00000000.220.347.268.6150.0
M. Lorenzen P00000000.125.222.250.4720.0
N. Senzel CF30000021.261.318.466.784-1.0
Y. Puig RF30000011.226.271.411.682-0.5
T. Barnhart C30100000.201.299.331.6312.0
J. Peraza SS30000001.214.264.328.5930.0
A. DeSclafani P20000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
D. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Farmer 2B11111000.239.292.477.7696.0
Total294643186-----
  • a-hit by pitch for Iglesias in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Brantley (21), Y. Alvarez, Y. Gurriel (17), T. White 2 (10)
  • HR - A. Bregman (20)
  • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (50), Y. Alvarez (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Chirinos 3 (3), J. Reddick
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Votto 2 (14), T. Barnhart (5)
  • HR - J. Winker (12), D. Dietrich (18), K. Farmer (6)
  • RBI - J. Winker (24), D. Dietrich 2 (39), K. Farmer (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Farmer (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dietrich, Y. Puig, J. Peraza
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. VanMeter
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - N. Senzel (2)
  • DP - 3 (Suarez-Dietrich-Votto; Peraza-Dietrich-Votto; Senzel-Suarez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Verlander (L, 9-3)7.06441832.590.749.0
C. Devenski1.00000004.401.333.0
Total8.0644183---
PITCHERSIP
J. Verlander (L, 9-3)7.0
C. Devenski1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. DeSclafani (W, 4-3)5.16111404.221.3216.0
D. Hernandez (H, 11)1.11000104.501.252.5
A. Garrett (H, 12)0.22221012.011.24-5.0
R. Iglesias (H, 3)0.20000202.901.391.0
M. Lorenzen (S, 4)1.00000003.051.2310.0
Total9.0933271---
PITCHERSIP
A. DeSclafani (W, 4-3)5.1
D. Hernandez (H, 11)1.1
A. Garrett (H, 12)0.2
R. Iglesias (H, 3)0.2
M. Lorenzen (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - C. Devenski (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 110-83, C. Devenski 16-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 5-8
  • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 28, C. Devenski 3
PITCHING
  • WP - R. Iglesias
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. DeSclafani 86-54, D. Hernandez 11-10, A. Garrett 17-9, R. Iglesias 9-6, M. Lorenzen 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. DeSclafani 4-6, A. Garrett 1-1, M. Lorenzen 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. DeSclafani 21, D. Hernandez 4, A. Garrett 5, R. Iglesias 2, M. Lorenzen 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Bregman homered to left center, Straw scored34
  • 7TH INNING
    Farmer homered to left14
  • 6TH INNING
    Alvarez doubled to deep right, Brantley scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Dietrich homered to right, Votto scored03
    Winker homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Michael Lorenzen pitching
    • T. White: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White popped out to first
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Phillip Ervin in left field
    • Myles Straw hit for Justin Verlander
    • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Straw walked
    • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left center, Straw scored
    • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to center
    • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Alvarez lined out to right
    • Raisel Iglesias relieved Amir Garrett
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Brantley to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Devenski pitching
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Votto flied out to deep center
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez flied out to deep left
    • Josh VanMeter hit for Raisel Iglesias
    • J. VanMeter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, VanMeter hit by pitch
    • N. Senzel: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, VanMeter caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Hernandez Pitching:
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Chirinos lined out to third
    • T. White: Strike looking, White doubled to deep right
    • T. Kemp: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • Josh Reddick hit for Jake Marisnick
    • Amir Garrett pitching
    • Kyle Farmer at second base
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike swinging, Foul, Barnhart grounded out to second
    • J. Peraza: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Peraza lined out to center
    • K. Farmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Farmer homered to left
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Winker grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley doubled to left center
    • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez doubled to deep right, Brantley scored
    • David Hernandez relieved Anthony DeSclafani
    • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined into double play center to third, Alvarez out at third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • N. Senzel: Senzel fouled out to second
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, White doubled to deep left
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
    • J. Verlander: Verlander grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kemp out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeSclafani grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Winker grounded out to second
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alvarez lined out to center
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to third
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Chirinos grounded into double play third to second to first, Gurriel out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • N. Senzel: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Puig flied out to center
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Barnhart doubled to deep right
    • J. Peraza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peraza flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • J. Verlander: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Verlander struck out looking
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman flied out to left
    • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Brantley lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Winker grounded out to first
    • J. Votto: Ball, Ball, Votto doubled to deep center
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dietrich lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White grounded out to second
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kemp flied out to right
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • T. Barnhart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Barnhart popped out to third
    • J. Peraza: Foul, Ball, Peraza lined out to left
    • A. DeSclafani: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeSclafani struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. DeSclafani Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to third
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to deep right
    • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez flied out to deep left
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel doubled to deep right, Brantley to third
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Verlander Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Winker homered to left
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Votto doubled to left
    • E. Suarez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dietrich homered to right, Votto scored
    • N. Senzel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Senzel struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Puig fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)