Cincinnati 9, Houston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, August 31, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West,
Attendance - 15287

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 2 0 4 0 1 2 0 9 13 1
Houston 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 81-52 42-24 39-28 W4
Houston 40-92 27-39 13-53 L6

Recap


Reds 9, Astros 3: Jay Bruce belted a three-run homer and Zack Cozart added a two-run shot as Cincinnati improved to 4-0 on its six-game road trip.

Brandon Phillips collected three hits and an RBI while Mike Leake worked six solid innings for the National League Central-leading Reds, who are nine games ahead of St. Louis.

Cozart opened the scoring in the third inning with his 15th homer and Bruce gave Cincinnati a 6-2 lead two frames later with his 28th blast. Chris Heisey, who also drove in a run in the eighth, ignited the Reds' four-run fifth with an RBI single that snapped a 2-2 tie.

Leake (7-8) allowed two runs and seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The right-hander, who has won three of his last four starts, improved to 3-1 against the Astros this season.

Making his second major-league start after 81 relief appearances, Fernando Abad (0-2) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander has lost seven of his eight career decisions.

Fernando Martinez and Matt Dominguez homered for Houston, which has lost six in a row and 15 of 17.

After Cozart's blast put Cincinnati ahead, Martinez led off the fourth with an upper-deck shot to halve the deficit. Dominguez followed with his first homer in 23 career games to forge a tie.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto continued his rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. Votto has been sidelined since mid-July with a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. ... The Reds are 30-14 without Votto. ... Houston traded OF Ben Francisco to Tampa Bay for a player to be named. Francisco, who was acquired from Toronto in a 10-player deal on July 20, batted .247 (21-for-85) with two home runs and five RBIs in 31 games with the Astros. ... Houston INF Marwin Gonzalez is expected to miss several days with a sprained left ankle suffered in Thursday's loss to San Francisco.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cincinnati   Houston
Mike Leake Player Fernando Abad
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 4.1
6 Strikeouts 1
7 Hits 9
3.00 ERA 12.46
Hitting
Cincinnati   Houston
Brandon Phillips Player Jason Castro
3 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
4 TB 3
.600 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cincinnati 13 2 22 .351 13 5 9 4 1 1
Houston 9 2 18 .265 11 7 3 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Cincinnati. The Astros have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .275 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Reds have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .615 after a loss.