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Biggio helps lead Astros over Reds

Sep 26, 2007 - 4:01 AM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- In a game that featured plenty of rookies, it was a 20-year veteran that proved to be the difference.

Craig Biggio had two RBI, including the go-ahead single in the top of the sixth inning, to help lead the Houston Astros to an 8-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Rookie Josh Anderson had two RBI and fellow rookie Hunter Pence added a solo home run and two RBI for the Astros, who beat the Reds for the ninth time in 13 games this season.

With Houston trailing, 5-4, and nobody on base in the top of the sixth, J.R. Towles reached on an error by Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion to keep the inning alive and knock out Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey.

The Astros took advantage with three straight singles - two off reliever Jon Coutlangus - to take the lead. Anderson tied the game with an RBI single to left and Biggio followed with a run-scoring single to right, giving Houston a 6-5 advantage.

Houston interim manager Cecil Cooper is happy to be connected with Biggio.

"He's had a tremendous, tremendous career," Cooper said. "He's a special guy. It has been fun to be around him the last three years and now I can say I managed him. But the young kids never gave up. They don't quit. Sometimes you need young guys to add a little excitement."

Biggio, who had recorded his 3,056th hit to break a tie with Ricky Henderson for 20th on the all-time list, announced earlier in the year that he will retire at the end of this season.

"It's nice," Biggio said. "I never really thought about it much but it's pretty special to be in the company of Ricky and Rod Carew (3,053). I played against Ricky. Who knows how long it will last but it's nice to be there for a while."

Astros rookie starter Felipe Paulino (1-1) earned his first major league win, allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one.

"He got the ball up that one inning (the second), and when you do that in the big leagues you get hit," Cooper said. "But after that there was nothing. He started to get the ball down. It will help his confidence level, which was high to begin with."

Dave Borkowski pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Chad Qualls followed with a scoreless eighth for Houston. Brad Lidge worked the ninth and struck out rookie Joey Votto with the bases loaded for his 17th save.

Norris Hopper had two hits and two RBI for the Reds, who have lost three games in a row.

Bailey tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielding five runs - two earned - and three hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Coutlangus (4-2), who came on in relief of Bailey in the sixth, faced two hitters without recording an out, giving up two hits and one earned run.

After Biggio's sacrifice fly put Houston in front in the top of the first, Votto tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half on a solo home run to left-center field.

The Reds scored four times in the bottom of the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. Bailey helped his own cause by lining a two-run double to right field and Hopper followed with a two-run double to center.

"I didn't even see the pitch," Bailey said. "I didn't hit the ball. The ball hit my bat. I was running and said it has a chance to fall."

Lance Berkman's RBI double in the top of the third cut Houston's deficit to 5-2 and the Astros added two more runs in the top of the fourth. Towles lined an RBI double to left and, two batters later, Anderson plated Towles on a sacrifice fly.

Pence homered in the top of the seventh and hit an RBI single in the ninth to provide the Astros with insurance and cap the scoring.

The Reds played without slugger Adam Dunn, who will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. Cincinnati holds an option on Dunn for next season, and his future with the organization is unclear.

Dunn's absence gives the Reds a chance to play Votto in left field.

His error in the fourth inning opened the door for Houston to score two unearned runs

"We are without two boppers, (Ken) Griffey and Dunn," Cincinnati interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "We wanted to see Votto in the outfield. We need to see if he is capable of playing there. Bailey wasn't as sharp as he was last time but I was pleased with the way he pitched.

"It's pitching and defense, and our defense let us down."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 1 0 1 2 0 2 1 0 1 8 10 0
    CINCINNATI 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - FELIPE PAULINO, DAVE BORKOWSKI (6TH), CHAD QUALLS (8TH), BRAD
    LIDGE (9TH) AND J.R. TOWLES
    CIN - HOMER BAILEY, JON COUTLANGUS (6TH), GARY MAJEWSKI
    (6TH), BILL

    Sep 25 10:30 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HUNTER PENCE SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H PENCE ON FIRST, E BRUNTLETT ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 8
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T WIGGINTON (.288, 0-FOR-4)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 10:06 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HUNTER PENCE (16) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF GARY MAJEWSKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7, CINCINNATI 5
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: T WIGGINTON (.289, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 9:29 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CRAIG BIGGIO SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C BIGGIO ON FIRST, J ANDERSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.274, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 9:16 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED J.R. TOWLES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J ANDERSON ON FIRST, L SCOTT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 5
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.249, 0-FOR-1, BB, SF, RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 9:13 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSH ANDERSON SCORED J.R. TOWLES.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F PAULINO ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 4
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C BIGGIO (.249, 0-FOR-0, BB, SF, RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 8:32 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY J.R. TOWLES SCORED TY WIGGINTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J TOWLES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: F PAULINO (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 8:29 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED CRAIG BIGGIO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    CINCINNATI 5 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.301, 1-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 8:07 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NORRIS HOPPER SCORED JASON ELLISON AND HOMER
    BAILEY.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, N HOPPER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    CINCINNATI 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J KEPPINGER (.341, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 7:57 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HOMER BAILEY SCORED JAVIER VALENTIN AND JORGE
    CANTU.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, H BAILEY ON SECOND, J ELLISON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    CINCINNATI 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: N HOPPER (.338, 1-FOR-1)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 7:56 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOEY VOTTO (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    1ST OFF FELIPE PAULINO.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1, CINCINNATI 1
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.290, 29 HR, 92 RBI)

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 7:37 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - FELIPE PAULINO
    CIN - HOMER BAILEY

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: N HOPPER (.336, 0 HR, 12 RBI)
    J KEPPINGER (.342, 5 HR, 32 RBI)
    J VOTTO (.339, 2 HR,

    Astros vs. RedsSep 25 7:30 PM