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Moehler dominant, Lee belts grand slam as Astros top Reds

Jul 30, 2008 - 4:13 AM By Ted Dunnam PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Brian Moehler came within one out of a complete game and Carlos Lee belted a grand slam, powering the Houston Astros to a 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night.

Lee's 12th career grand slam capped a two-out rally in the fifth inning, lifting the Astros to their third straight win and sending the Reds to their fourth consecutive loss. Miguel Tejada contributed a solo shot, his 11th, in the third.

Moehler (6-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in 8 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

The righthander appeared headed for his first complete game in almost eight years before running into trouble in the ninth.

He allowed a RBI groundout to Brandon Phillips and left after giving up a single to rookie Jay Bruce and walking pinch hitter Javier Valentin. Wesley Wright struck out rookie Joey Votto for his first career save.

Moehler wanted to secure the complete game.

"It was disappointing, no doubt about it, especially with a 6-1 lead and to not be able to finish a game," Moehler said.

"But I understand, it was (manager Cecil Cooper's) decision and I walked that guy, and they're one away from loading up the bases, and then one pitch away from tying up the game. I've got no problem with the decision."

While Moehler didn't get to finish what he started, Cooper was thoroughly impressed.

"It lets me know he's got what it takes," Cooper said. "He really worked hard to get an opportunity, and now he's taken advantage of it.

Moehler was staked to a big lead in the fifth when Houston loaded the bases off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (9-8) on singles by Kazuo Matsui and Tejada before Lance Berkman was hit by a pitch. Lee then belted a 1-0 pitch from Arroyo to deep left for a 6-1 cushion.

"You know, he got me out with a sinker before, so why not try it again?" Lee said. "If you're successful, go back to it. I just guessed right and hit it really good. The guys in front of me created the opportunity, and that's what it's all about."

The Astros had taken a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI triple by Hunter Pence. The Reds tied the game in the third when Arroyo laced an RBI double to left, plating Votto. Arroyo did not fare as well on the mound, allowing six runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"If I'm going to see Berkman and Carlos Lee, I definitely didn't want to see them with guys on base because both of those guys have definitely hurt me enough in in the past," Arroyo said.

"I didn't want to give it up to Berkman. I didn't really care if I put him on. I'd rather match up with Lee. It's a big guessing game with (Lee). I went back to the sinker that I beat him with early in the game. I just left it just a little too much on the plate, especially with him hitting the ball so well now."

Houston has won eight straight from Cincinnati dating to May 31, 2007.

"Moehler was spotting his fastball and he floods the zone with strikes," Baker said. "He threw a good ball game. A lot of people are throwing good ball games against us."








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

    BATTERIES: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, GARY MAJEWSKI (7TH) AND DAVID ROSS
    HOU - BRIAN MOEHLER, WESLEY WRIGHT (9TH) AND HUMBERTO
    QUINTERO

    HOME RUNS: CIN - NONE
    HOU - MIGUEL TEJADA

    Jul 29 10:36 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED JEFF KEPPINGER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    HOUSTON 6 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J BRUCE (.260, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds 2, Astros 6  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 29 10:26 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GRAND SLAM BY CARLOS LEE (24) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE 5TH
    OFF BRONSON ARROYO SCORED KAZ MATSUI, MIGUEL TEJADA AND LANCE
    BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, HOUSTON 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.229, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 1, Astros 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 29 9:31 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MIGUEL TEJADA (11) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.343, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 1, Astros 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 29 8:52 PM


  • NL
    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRONSON ARROYO SCORED JOEY VOTTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ARROYO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 1
    HOUSTON 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: C PATTERSON (.185, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds 1, Astros 1  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 29 8:41 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY HUNTER PENCE SCORED CARLOS LEE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, H PENCE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: D ERSTAD (.277, 2 HR, 16 RBI)

    Reds 0, Astros 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJul 29 8:28 PM
  • casinogambler The Reds got to get .to 500
    If its going to happen they have to win against like teams.
    This is one of those teams.
    My pick.. .... REDS BY 2 RUNS!!!!!!

    Reds vs. AstrosJul 29 5:32 PM
  • 5
    roots
    casinogambler Added 5 roots

    Reds vs. AstrosJul 29 4:39 PM