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Astros score five in the eighth to upend Reds

Apr 20, 2007 - 4:41 AM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Cincinnati Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky and manager Jerry Narron soon will be looking for some new relievers.

The Reds' bullpen yielded six runs for the third time this week, squandering a four-run lead and dropping an 8-6 decision to the Houston Astros, who swept the two-game series.

Luke Scott, who homered in the seventh against Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo to cut Houston's deficit to 5-2, hit a bases-clearing double off David Weathers (0-2) - the third reliever in the eighth - to tie the game at 5-5. Morgan Ensberg followed with a sacrifice fly and Jason Lane added a solo homer in the ninth for an 8-6 lead.

"You can't come in like we did last night and hit the first batter, and you can't come in like we did tonight and walk the first batter on four pitches, Narron said.

The Reds' nightmare began when pinch hitter Craig Biggio opened the inning with a four-pitch walk off Kirk Saarloos. Chris Burke struck out, but Mark Loretta followed with a single and Lance Berkman singled off a 2-2 offering from Mike Stanton, plating Biggio.

"Right now there is a lot of confidence building," Houston manager Phil Garner said. "Berkman had a good at-bat. Luke had a great at-bat to get us back in the ballgame."

Weathers got Carlos Lee to hit a ground ball to shortstop, but slick-fielding Alex Gonzalez bobbled it, setting up Scott, who doubled in three runs and went to third on second baseman Brandon Phillips' bad throw to the plate.

"The last six or seven games, I've been pulling off the ball," Scott said. "I was just trying to hit the ball as hard as I can to center field. Any situation where you come back, builds positive energy."

Saarloos, Stanton, Weathers and rookie Jon Coutlangus combined to allow four earned runs, six hits and a walk in two innings.

The Cincinnati bullpen allowed six runs in four frames in Monday's 10-6 loss to Milwaukee and six more in three innings in Wednesday's 7-2 setback here. It entered this homestand with a National league-best 1.72 ERA, but has allowed 16 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings in the first four games of this seven-game homestand.

"It's hard to believe you could have back-to-back nights where you give up five runs in the eighth inning," said Narron, whose club led, 2-1, on Wednesday.

"Bronson went out and did a great job. We need to get the bullpen back to where they were the first week."

Brad Lidge (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh for the win in relief of starter Woody Williams, and Trever Miller and Chad Qualls bridged the gap to Dan Wheeler, who logged a perfect ninth for his third save.

Arroyo yielded two runs and five hits in turning in his third straight solid start. He was worn out after his seven innings.

"I was a little more tired than normal. Not having a breaking ball or changeup wasn't a good mix to go back out there with," Arroyo said. "I wasn't putting guys away, and I felt like we had guys in the bullpen who could do that. I had to throw a lot more fastballs tonight, and it took its toll."

Reds rookie Josh Hamilton doubled, homered and drove in three runs.

"The pitch to Hamilton may have gotten too much of the plate, but it was good enough to jam most hitters," Williams said. "He's the feel-good story of the year. It's hard not to root for him."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 1 8 11 0
    CINCINNATI 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 8 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS, BRAD LIDGE (7TH), TREVER MILLER (8TH), CHAD
    QUALLS (8TH), DAN WHEELER (9TH) AND HUMBERTO QUINTERO
    CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, KIRK SAARLOOS (8TH), M

    Apr 19 9:49 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON LANE (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF JON COUTLANGUS.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 8, CINCINNATI 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BURKE (.205, 1-FOR-4)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 9:35 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MORGAN ENSBERG SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    CINCINNATI 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: A EVERETT (.293, 2-FOR-3)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 9:22 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LUKE SCOTT SCORED MARK LORETTA, LANCE BERKMAN AND
    CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, L SCOTT ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    CINCINNATI 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.283, 1-FOR-3)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 9:17 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED CRAIG BIGGIO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L BERKMAN ON FIRST, M LORETTA ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    CINCINNATI 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.308, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 9:08 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: B Lidge relieved W Williams.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R Freel (.308, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 19 8:49 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - PITCHING CHANGE
    HOU: BRAD LIDGE (0-0, 7.36) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2, CINCINNATI 6
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R FREEL (.308, 1-FOR-2)

    Apr 19 8:49 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 5 0
    CINCINNATI 3 0 0 0 3 0 6 7 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS
    CIN - BRONSON ARROYO

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R FREEL (.308, 1-FOR-2, BB)
    A DUNN (.305, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    B PHILLIPS (.230, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RB

    Apr 19 8:47 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LUKE SCOTT (2) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2, CINCINNATI 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.289, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 8:43 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSH HAMILTON (5) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF WOODY WILLIAMS SCORED RYAN FREEL AND ADAM DUNN.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1, CINCINNATI 6
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.174, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 8:22 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    HUMBERTO QUINTERO HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING MORGAN
    ENSBERG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    CINCINNATI 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: W WILLIAMS (.125, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 19 8:08 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    HUMBERTO QUINTERO HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAY SCORING MORGAN
    ENSBERG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    CINCINNATI 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: W WILLIAMS (.125, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 8:08 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    CINCINNATI 3 0 0 0 3 5 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS
    CIN - BRONSON ARROYO

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M ENSBERG (.273, 0-FOR-1)
    A EVERETT (.256, 0-FOR-1)
    H QUINTERO (.200, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 19 8:01 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 0 0 0 0 0
    CINCINNATI 3 3 3 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - WOODY WILLIAMS
    CIN - BRONSON ARROYO

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: D ROSS (.097, 0 HR, 2 RBI)
    B ARROYO (.143, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R FREEL (.300, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Apr 19 7:32 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY SCOTT HATTEBERG SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S HATTEBERG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0
    CINCINNATI 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A GONZALEZ (.289, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 7:24 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY BRANDON PHILLIPS (4) TO CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF WOODY WILLIAMS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0, CINCINNATI 2
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J HAMILTON (.308, 4 HR, 8 RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsApr 19 7:20 PM