HOUSTON (AP) - Jay Bruce, Jim Edmonds and Drew Stubbs hit home
runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 11-1 Saturday
night to increase their lead in the NL Central.
The Reds opened a seven-game edge over second-place St. Louis.
Cincinnati stopped a six-game road losing streak.
Bronson Arroyo (16-10) pitched four-hit ball for six innings,
striking out five and walking one.
Bruce's two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth as the Reds
took a 7-1 lead. Joey Votto started the inning with a double and
Bruce connected one out later off Nelson Figueroa (5-3) for his
21st home run.
Reliever Henry Villar walked the first two batters he faced,
Ryan Hanigan hit an RBI single and Arroyo had a sacrifice fly.
Villar also hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch and had a balk before
Gustavo Chacin came on to get the final out.
Edmonds made it 3-1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his 10th
of the season. Stubbs homered on the first pitch from Felipe
Paulino in the seventh.
Cincinnati got three more runs in the ninth on a double by
Hanigan and two-run single by pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso.
Figueroa's loss snapped a string of 17 straight games without a
loss by Astros starting pitchers. Astros starters were 9-0 during
Carlos Lee led off the Houston second with his 23rd home run for
a 1-0 lead.
Cincinnati scored twice in the third, helped by third baseman
Chris Johnson's throwing error. Orlando Cabrera and Scott Rolen hit
Notes: Reds OF Laynce Nix was activated from the disabled list
after recovering from a sprained left ankle. ... Arroyo is one of
four major league pitchers to win at least 15 games in each of the
last three years.