National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Houston
(Friday, August 31st)
Final Score: Cincinnati 9, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run to help the
Cincinnati Reds open a three-game set against the Houston Astros with a 9-3
Zack Cozart hit a two-run home run while Brandon Phillips added three hits and
a run batted in for the Reds, who have won their past four games.
Mike Leake (7-8) got the win for Cincinnati as he gave up just two runs on
seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings.
"They made it a little tough on me," Leake said. "I was kind of missing just
off and they were being patient. It was a good plan on their part."
Fernando Martinez and Matt Dominguez each hit a solo home run for the
Astros, who lost 22 games in August. Fernando Abad (0-2) gave up six runs
on nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings.
The Reds struck in the third inning to take the lead as Dioner Navarro doubled
to start the inning and, two batters later, Cozart belted a shot for his 15th
of the year for a 2-0 lead.
Martinez led off the fourth with his third homer of the year and Dominguez
followed suit with his first career round-tripper to tie the game.
Cincinnati, though, took over in the fifth. Cozart led off with a double and
scored on a Chris Heisey single. Two batters later, Ryan Ludwick singled and
Bruce followed with his 28th homer of the year for a 6-2 advantage.
Phillips singled home a run in the seventh while Miguel Cairo scored a run in
the eighth with a single and Heisey hit into a fielder's choice that scored
another run for a 9-2 lead.
The Astros got one back in the eighth on Jimmy Paredes' sac fly, but went down
in order in the ninth.
"That team over there is designed to hit home runs," Astros interim manager
Tony DeFrancesco said. "They have two or three guys who can really hurt a
The Reds have won eight of their 10 games against the Astros this
season ... Houston left seven on base and went just 1-for-7 with runners in
scoring position ... Leake moved to 5-4 in 12 games against the Astros.
09/01 01:59:09 ET
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