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 blowout victory.
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 4-0 lead.
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 seventh.
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.