Reds deal Astros 100th loss with routSep 18, 2013 - 5:04 AM Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jay Bruce's grand slam highlighted a one-sided affair at Minute Maid Park, where the playoff-hopeful Cincinnati Reds handed the lowly Houston Astros their third straight 100-loss season with a 10-0 blowout victory.
Bruce, a native of nearby Beaumont, TX, finished with five RBI, while Zack Cozart drove in three runs for the Reds, who have won the first two meetings in this three-game set and lead the Washington Nationals by 4 1/2 games for the NL's second wild card spot.
Mike Leake (14-6) won his third straight start by holding the Astros to five hits over eight scoreless innings.
Houston dropped its fourth consecutive game as starter Jordan Lyles (7-8) was hammered for nine runs -- eight earned -- on nine hits and three walks in just 3 1/3 innings.
"I actually thought (Lyles) made some good pitches. They did a good job of putting some good swings on them," Houston manager Bo Porter said.
Lyles' forgettable outing began with six straight Reds reaching base after Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a groundout. Bruce opened the scoring with a bloop single to left field, Todd Frazier added an RBI single and Cozart dropped another base hit down the right-field line to bring in two more for a 4-0 lead.
"We jumped them early, which I urge all our guys to do, especially on the road because you get the first at-bat," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
Cozart tacked on another RBI single in the third for his seventh RBI in the series, and Bruce sent Lyles' last pitch of the game into the left-field seats an inning later for his second career grand slam. A Derrick Robinson single and walks to Choo and Joey Votto preceded the opposite-field blast.
Cesar Izturis capped the scoring with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Bruce became the sixth player in Reds history with at least 30 homers in three straight seasons ... Votto has a 23-game hitting streak at Minute Maid Park ... Sean Marshall finished off the five-hit shutout with a 1-2-3 ninth ... The Reds go for the sweep on Wednesday with Greg Reynolds pitching against Houston's Brad Peacock.
- CINCINNATI: 10
Sep 17 10:54 PM
- J.D. Martinez flied out to right to end the game.
Sep 17 10:52 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Cesar Izturis sacrifice fly to center scored Xavier Paul. None on with two outs and Devin Mesoraco due up.
Reds 10, Astros 0 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 17 10:11 PM
- Jay Bruce one-out, Grand Slam (30) to left scored Derrick Robinson, Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. Xavier Paul due up.
Reds 9, Astros 0 Top 4, 1 OutSep 17 9:20 PM
- Zack Cozart single to right scored Todd Frazier. Runner on first with two outs and Devin Mesoraco due up.
Reds 5, Astros 0 Top 3, 2 OutsSep 17 8:57 PM
- Zack Cozart single to right scored Jay Bruce and Xavier Paul. On the play, Todd Frazier advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Devin Mesoraco due up.
Reds 4, Astros 0 Top 1, 1 OutSep 17 8:25 PM
- Todd Frazier single to left scored Joey Votto. On the play, Xavier Paul advances to second and Jay Bruce advances to third. Bases loaded with one out and Zack Cozart due up.
Reds 2, Astros 0 Top 1, 1 OutSep 17 8:23 PM
- Jay Bruce single to left scored Brandon Phillips. On the play, Joey Votto advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Xavier Paul due up.
Reds 1, Astros 0 Top 1, 1 OutSep 17 8:18 PM
- CINCINNATI: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 17 8:11 PM
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