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(Sunday, June 3rd)
Final Score: Houston 5, Cincinnati 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Justin Maxwell hit a pinch-hit two-run homer while Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Jordan Schafer also drove in a run for the Astros, who halted an eight-game skid.
Jordan Lyles (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits and struck out three over seven frames to earn the win.
"[Lyles] was absolutely outstanding, from jump street," Houston manager Brad Mills said. "Yesterday we were lamenting about how many first-inning runs we were giving up. He came right out and shut them down and started making pitches from jump street, and it was necessary."
Brett Myers tossed a perfect ninth to pick up his 13th save of the season.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer and Joey Votto drove in a run for the Reds, who completed a six-game road trip with a 3-3 record.
Bronson Arroyo (2-4) was pegged with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Houston took a 1-0 lead in the second. Chris Johnson walked, moved to third on a Brett Wallace single and scored on a Castro sacrifice fly.
But the Reds answered back in the third and took a 2-1 lead when Arroyo singled before Cozart crushed one over the fence in left-center.
Houston added a pair of runs in both the fifth and seventh to go ahead 5-2.
In the fifth, Wallace and Castro hit back-to-back singles before Gonzalez followed with a single of his own to score Wallace. A sacrifice bunt moved Castro to third before he scored on Schafer's sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, Gonzalez singled before Maxwell's pinch-hit homer to left put Houston ahead 5-2.
"The bottom of our order really came through with some quality at-bats," Mills said. "[Johnson] had the one knock, that double, but his walk was big. Castro had a couple knocks and a nice sac fly. [Gonzalez] had a couple hits and [Wallace] had a couple hits. The whole bottom of the order swung the bat well."
Cincinnati added one in the eighth to make it 5-3. Todd Frazier doubled before moving to third on Cozart's infield single. Votto then clobbered a towering sacrifice fly to the warning track that easily plated Frazier.
"It was a battle, man," Arroyo said. "They run a bunch a guys out there I didn't know a lot about, and they probably didn't know a lot about me. They hit some good pitches, I threw some bad pitches and it just winded up being too many runs to overcome."
Houston improved to 4-5 in two-run games...The Astros are 18-11 when they score four or more runs...Prior to the game, Houston placed first baseman Carlos Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled Wallace from Triple-A Oklahoma City...Votto extended his hitting streak to 10 games...Arroyo lost for the first time in his last 10 starts against Houston. He is 8-1 over that span.
06/03 21:32:48 ET
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