National League Game Summary - Cincinnati at Houston
(Monday, July 23rd)
Final Score: Cincinnati 8, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Mat Latos tossed five strong innings and the
Reds pounded out 17 hits in an 8-3 victory over the Astros in the opener of a
three-game set Monday at Minute Maid Park.
Latos (8-3) allowed just two runs on eight hits and two walks to earn the win,
while Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick each registered three hits, two RBI and
two runs scored to help the Reds earn their fifth straight victory.
Cincinnati now owns a 1 1/2 game lead in the National League Central over the
Pittsburgh Pirates, who lost to the Chicago Cubs earlier on Monday.
Wandy Rodriguez (7-9) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on seven
hits and three walks with six strikeouts over six innings.
Chris Johnson tied a career-high with four base hits, but the Astros dropped
their seventh straight game and have now lost 20 of their last 22 contests.
"We're trying not to believe in personal goals around here, just trying to
turn this thing around," remarked Johnson. "I'd rather take an 0-for and a
The Reds wasted little time getting to Rodriguez in the first as Drew Stubbs
and Brandon Phillips each stroked one-out singles before Frazier followed two
batters later with a two-out base hit to left to plate Stubbs for a 1-0 lead.
Cincinnati added to its lead in the third when Stubbs singled to start the
frame, stole second, and scored on Ludwick's one-out double to center. Scott
Rolen then worked a walk two batters later and Chris Heisey followed with a
single to right to score Ludwick for a 3-0 advantage.
Houston battled back in the fifth as Jose Altuve singled and Marwin Gonzalez
followed with a double. Scott Moore's groundout chased home Altuve before
Johnson launched a double into center field to plate Gonzalez and trim the
deficit to 3-2.
Latos appeared to injure himself on Gonzalez's double, but finished off the
inning before being lifted for pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo in the sixth.
"He sprained his ankle. He overstrided on that one and you could tell," said
Reds manager Dusty Baker of Latos. "We'll know more tomorrow but right now it
looks like he's okay."
The Reds tacked on a pair in the seventh. Frazier singled through the left
side with one out and Rolen followed with a double into the right-field
corner, allowing Frazier to score from first to make it a 4-2 game.
A single from Heisey put runners on second and third for Ryan Hanigan, who hit
a grounder to Johnson at third. Johnson fired home to cut down Rolen at the
plate, but Jay Bruce came on as a pinch-hitter and ripped a two-out single to
right to plate Heisey and extend the Reds' lead to 5-2.
In the eighth, Phillips doubled, stole third and then crossed home on
Ludwick's single to center. Ludwick then scored from first on Frazier's
double to left before Hanigan added an RBI single three batters later to make
it a six-run margin.
Gonzalez then added an RBI fielder's choice groundout in the bottom of the
eighth to account for the final margin.
Latos improved to 4-1 in seven career starts against Houston...The Reds
improved to 33-2 when Stubbs scores a run...Rodriguez fell to 9-9 in 26 career
starts against the Reds...Houston went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring
position and left 13 on base.
07/24 01:30:58 ET
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