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Votto's double lifts Reds over Astros

Apr 21, 2009 - 4:22 AM HOUSTON (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds are starting to believe in themselves.

Joey Votto's two-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Trailing 3-2, Paul Janish and Willy Taveras singled before Votto's hit. It was the third time in the last four games that the Reds rallied late to win.

"I feels great to beat a team in our division and to win on the road," Votto said. "But the best part of it was I don't think a single player on the bench was concerned when we were behind.

"They just believe in us now. I didn't get the feeling that anyone had their heads down."

Bronson Arroyo (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings.

"Things are really rolling for us now," Arroyo said. "Everything is just falling into place for us. I just want to keep riding this wave."

Manager Dusty Baker agreed.

"Arroyo pitched really well," Baker said. "And (Ryan) Hanigan and Janis and everyone contributed. His is a really big win. It's early but they all count the same."

Arthur Rhodes got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Hunter Pence. Francisco Cordero then pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five tries.

"We still haven't gotten the big hit," Pence said. "You don't have a lot of opportunities. I think everyone has and once again we didn't get it done. I'm going to be a winner, I'm going to find a way in those times I'm up at bat, this time I didn't get them."

Geoff Geary (0-2) took the loss.

Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning to give the Astros the lead. Arroyo was the pitcher who broke Lee's hand last Aug. 9 ending his season when he was leading the league in RBIs.

Mike Hampton gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings for Houston. He struck out five and walked one. It was his first start against the Reds since May 26, 2003.

"I know I sound like a broken record, but we got good starting pitching and couldn't come up with a big hit when we needed one," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "All we needed was one big hit in the eighth and that would've given us the big, big inning for us but we just couldn't get it."

Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run single in the first to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

Houston cut the deficit to one in the second on Ivan Rodriguez's RBI groundout.






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    Reds 4, Astros 3  FinalApr 21 12:49 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 0
    HOUSTON 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO, ARTHUR RHODES (8TH), FRANCISCO CORDERO (9TH)
    AND RYAN HANIGAN
    HOU - MIKE HAMPTON, GEOFF GEARY (7TH), TIM BYRDAK
    (7TH), LATROY HAWKINS (8TH),

    Apr 20 11:00 PM
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    Reds 4, Astros 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 20 10:04 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOEY VOTTO SCORED PAUL JANISH AND WILLY TAVERAS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 4
    HOUSTON 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.162, 0-FOR-3)

    Reds 4, Astros 3  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 20 10:02 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2, HOUSTON 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.311, 1-FOR-2)

    Reds 2, Astros 3  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 20 9:43 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LANCE BERKMAN (3) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BRONSON ARROYO.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.227, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds 2, Astros 2  Bot 6, 0 OutsApr 20 9:42 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY IVAN RODRIGUEZ SCORED HUNTER PENCE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 2
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M BOURN (.250, 0 HR, 3 RBI)

    Reds 2, Astros 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 20 8:41 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - BRONSON ARROYO
    HOU - MIKE HAMPTON

    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: K MATSUI (.207, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    M TEJADA (.383, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    L BERKMAN (.200, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Reds 2, Astros 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 20 8:18 PM