Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Bronson Arroyo went seven innings, Jay Bruce
and Brandon Phillips both homered and the Cincinnati Reds downed the Houston
Astros, 5-1, on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.
Arroyo (12-7) was charged with one run on seven hits. He walked two, struck
out five and picked up his fifth win in six starts.
Bruce and Phillips both hit solo shots, while Ryan Hanigan added an RBI single
during a three-run sixth inning.
The NL Central-leading Reds dropped the opener of this three-game series on
Friday when Aroldis Chapman suffered his first blown save since June 24.
Bud Norris (5-12) continued to struggle for the last-place Astros. The righty
gave up five runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and fell to 0-11 in his last
Justin Maxwell had a first-inning, RBI single in the loss.
Bruce led off the second with his 33rd homer of the year and Phillips cracked
his 16th to start the third.
In the sixth, Joey Votto hit a leadoff double before walks to Bruce
(intentional) and Todd Frazier loaded the bases with one down. Hanigan's base
hit to right plated Votto and knocked Norris from the game.
Wilson Valdez then tapped a soft grounder towards the mound and reliever
Fernando Rodriguez threw the ball away while attempting to record a force out
at home plate.
Bruce and Frazier scored on the play for a 5-1 lead.
Sean Marshall tossed a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Broxton stranded a pair
in the ninth, as the Reds halted a two-game slide.
Arroyo hasn't lost since Aug. 6 at the Milwaukee Brewers ... Norris hasn't won
since May 21 against the Chicago Cubs. The Astros are 1-15 in his last 16
starts ... Norris fell to 0-3 lifetime against the Reds.
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