Reds Pad Lead with Win over Astros

CINCINNATI (AP) - Bronson Arroyo extended his personal winning streak to five games, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit solo home runs and the first-place Cincinnati Reds bounced back from a frustrating loss with a 5-1 win over the last-place Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Phillips and Joey Votto both had two hits to help Arroyo improve to 8-1 over his last nine starts and 9-2 since July 6.
Arroyo (12-7) had at least one baserunner in every inning except the seventh - his last - but allowed just a first-inning run. The Astros had seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Sean Marshall allowed a walk in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton gave up two hits while finishing the game in the ninth.
Houston starter Bud Norris (5-12) saw his career-long losing streak stretch to 11 games, dating to May 31.
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