Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jay Bruce's grand slam highlighted a one-sided
affair at Minute Maid Park, where the playoff-hopeful Cincinnati Reds handed
the lowly Houston Astros their third straight 100-loss season with a 10-0
Bruce, a native of nearby Beaumont, TX, finished with five RBI, while Zack
Cozart drove in three runs for the Reds, who have won the first two meetings
in this three-game set and lead the Washington Nationals by 4 1/2 games for
the NL's second wild card spot.
Mike Leake (14-6) won his third straight start by holding the Astros to five
hits over eight scoreless innings.
Houston dropped its fourth consecutive game as starter Jordan Lyles (7-8) was
hammered for nine runs -- eight earned -- on nine hits and three walks in just
3 1/3 innings.
Lyles' forgettable outing began with six straight Reds reaching base after
Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a groundout. Bruce opened the scoring with
a bloop single to left field, Todd Frazier added an RBI single and Cozart
dropped another base hit down the right-field line to bring in two more for a
Cozart tacked on another RBI single in the third for his seventh RBI in the
series, and Bruce sent Lyles' last pitch of the game into the left-field seats
an inning later for his second career grand slam. A Derrick Robinson single
and walks to Choo and Joey Votto preceded the opposite-field blast.
Cesar Izturis capped the scoring with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the
Bruce became the sixth player in Reds history with at least 30 homers in three
straight seasons ... Votto has a 23-game hitting streak at Minute Maid Park
... Sean Marshall finished off the five-hit shutout with a 1-2-3 ninth ... The
Reds go for the sweep on Wednesday with Greg Reynolds pitching against
Houston's Brad Peacock.
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