Jose Altuve drove in two runs with a triple and a double, leading Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros past the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Friday night.
Jed Lowrie also had two hits for the Astros, who have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak April 7-9. Houston hit .316 during three games in Milwaukee
this week and had 14 hits in a 7-5 win in the series finale Wednesday.
Rodriguez (2-2) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six. The left-hander allowed only one earned run over 14 innings in his previous two starts.
Astros first baseman Carlos Lee left in the first inning because of a sprained left ankle.
Jay Bruce's fifth home run of the season and second in two days and Devin Mesoraco's first of the year, on consecutive pitches from Fernando Abad with one out in the ninth, prompted Houston to bring in closer Brett Myers. He got two outs for his fourth save.
The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the third. Jason Castro led off with a bloop single and Altuve hit a two-out triple to right as Bruce tried to make a diving catch on the play. J.D. Martinez added
an RBI single.
Houston chased starter Mike Leake with a four-run fourth that included RBI doubles by Chris Johnson and Altuve sandwiched around Jordan Schafer's run-scoring single. Three of the runs were
unearned due to Gold Glove second baseman Brandon Phillips' error on Brian Bogusevic's sharp grounder.
Schafer has reached base at least once in every one of Houston's 20 games, the longest streak to start a season by an Astros player since Ricky Gutierrez's 23-game stretch in 1998.
Leake (0-3) lasted only 3 2-3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career. He gave up seven hits and six runs, three earned, with one strikeout.
The Reds broke up Rodriguez's shutout bid in the fifth on Bruce's bloop single - his second hit in 28 career at-bats against Rodriguez - and Todd Frazier's pinch-hit triple to right-center.
They added another run in the sixth on Drew Stubbs' leadoff single and Joey Votto's double to left-center on the 13th pitch of the at-bat.
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