Arroyo Strong As Reds Power Past Astros

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

the streak.

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

RBI singles.

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.

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