HOUSTON (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched 6 2-3 strong innings for
his first win of the season, Joey Votto hit a two-run homer and the
Cincinnati Reds held on for a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros
on Thursday night.
Arroyo (1-2) allowed six hits and two runs with seven strikeouts
to bounce back from his last start, when he allowed eight runs in
It was Cincinnati's fourth straight win and the third
consecutive loss for Houston.
Votto's first-pitch shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field
scored Drew Stubbs and pushed the lead to 3-1 in the seventh
Roy Oswalt (2-3) gave up eight hits and three runs while
striking out seven in seven innings in his first start since
returning from Mississippi where he helped his parents clean up
after their home was destroyed in a tornado on Saturday.
The loss breaks his streak of winning eight straight decisions
and is his second career loss against the Reds, making him 23-2
Houston put up two runs in the bottom of the seventh before Jay
Bruce added a run for Cincinnati with his homer off Tim Byrdak in
the eighth inning.
Francisco Cordero allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his
Arroyo didn't allow a run until Hunter Pence's solo homer to
left field in the seventh. Michael Bourn hit an RBI double that to
get Houston within 3-2 and chased Arroyo.
Daniel Ray Herrera got Jeff Keppinger to ground out, ending the
inning, and Mike Lincoln threw a scoreless eighth.
After Carlos Lee singled with two outs in the third inning,
Arroyo retired the next seven batters. He didn't allow another hit
until Kaz Matsui's single in the sixth inning.
NOTES: Oswalt got his 1,500th career strikeout when he retired
Arroyo to end the inning. ... Houston LHP Wandy Rodriguez will miss
his scheduled start on Friday at Atlanta because of back spasms.
Brett Myers will replace him and the Astros are optimistic that
Rodriguez can pitch on Saturday. ... Cincinnati CF Chris Dickerson
sprained his right wrist in the second inning Thursday night and
will have an MRI on Friday.