Reds rally to stun Astros in 9thMay 4, 2011 - 9:24 PM
With Houston ahead 2-0, Brandon Lyon (3-2) came on for the bottom of the ninth and walked Drew Stubbs on four pitches leading off the inning. A wild pitch moved Stubbs to second and Chris Heisey singled to put runners on the corners for Joey Votto, whose single plated a run and left men on first and second.
Brandon Phillips tied the game with a base hit to right before Bruce grounded a double just inside the first base bag, scoring Votto with the winning run.
Chris Valaika tripled for the Reds, who had dropped four of six entering the contest.
"We're in a little lull, but we're going to be fine," Bruce said about the team's recent struggles. It's happened before. It's not the first time this has happened and everyone is going to be fine."
Travis Wood threw six innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks. The lefty also struck out seven. Francisco Cordero (2-0) picked up the win for throwing a scoreless top of the ninth.
Jason Bourgeois and Hunter Pence each had an RBI single for Houston, which had a three-game winning streak halted.
Aneury Rodriguez, making his first career big-league start, allowed only one hit -- a one-out triple to Valaika in the third -- and one walk, while striking out three. The right-hander previously made nine relief appearances this season and pitched to a 6.75 earned run average in those outings.
"You couldn't ask for any more the way he threw the ball," Astros manager Brad Mills said about Rodriguez. "I know he was pumped and he was excited about getting out there and getting his first major league start, and he took it and ran with it. He did a great job."
Houston put up two runs in the third to open the scoring. J.R. Towles reached with a leadoff double and went to third on a bunt by Rodriguez. Michael Bourn then drew a walk before Bourgeois lined a base hit to center to bring in Towles. Pence followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 game.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez kept the Cincinnati bats in check through five solid innings before giving way to the bullpen.
Wilton Lopez took over for Rodriguez and worked a scoreless sixth. Three relievers followed to pitch a pair of shutout innings.
Prior to the game, the Reds activated outfielder Fred Lewis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jeremy Hermida to Triple-A Louisville...Astros left fielder Carlos Lee missed his second straight game with sore left ribs and is listed as day-to-day. Lee suffered the injury on Sunday, when he collided with teammate Angel Sanchez while pursuing a fly ball...Cincinnati took two of three from the Astros earlier in the season.
- HOUSTON: 2
May 4 3:36 PM
- Brandon Phillips single to right scored Chris Heisey with none out. On the play, Joey Votto advances to second. Runners on first and second with Jay Bruce due up.
Astros 2, Reds 2 Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 4 3:34 PM
- Joey Votto single to right scored Drew Stubbs with none out. On the play, Chris Heisey advances to second. Runners on first and second with Brandon Phillips due up.
Astros 2, Reds 1 Bot 9, 0 OutsMay 4 3:31 PM
- Hunter Pence single to left scored Michael Bourn with one out. On the play, Jason Bourgeois advances to second. Runners on first and second with Brett Wallace due up.
Astros 2, Reds 0 Top 3, 1 OutMay 4 1:21 PM
- Jason Bourgeois single to center scored J.R. Towles with one out. On the play, Michael Bourn advances to second. Runners on first and second with Hunter Pence due up.
Astros 1, Reds 0 Top 3, 1 OutMay 4 1:20 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 4 12:36 PM
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