Chris Heisey drove in three runs and the Cincinnati Reds took a patient approach at the plate in improving to 4-0 for the first time since their 1990 World Series championship season, beating the Houston Astros 8-2 on Tuesday night.
Heisey walked with the bases loaded, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and singled home a run off J.A. Happ (0-1), who helped the league's top offense immensely.
Mike Leake (1-0) allowed three hits and a pair of runs in six innings.
The Astros fell to 0-4, the second year in a row they've foundered at the start. Houston dropped its first eight games last season.
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