taste rare interleague success with win over Astros
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[June 18, 2016]
HOUSTON -- Adam Duvall and
Eugenio Suarez recorded back-to-back hits to open the top of the
11th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 interleague win
over the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
The Reds (27-41) won for just the third time in 11 interleague
games by pouncing on Astros right-hander Pat Neshek (2-1), against
whom right-handed hitters were batting just 4-for-45 (.089) before
Duvall and Suarez, both right-handed hitters, combined to snap a 2-2
Suarez plated Duvall with his double to the left-field corner before
later scoring when Ramon Cabrera produced a perfect squeeze bunt.
The Astros (32-36) stranded 14 runners and finished 1-for-10 with
runners in scoring position. Reds right-hander J.J. Hoover (1-1)
worked two scoreless innings before left-hander Tony Cingrani earned
his eighth save.
Carlos Correa drilled a first-pitch home run -- his ninth of the
year -- to left field in the eighth inning to tie the game at 2-2.
Correa launched a slider from Reds right-hander Blake Wood an
estimated 435 feet, the first homer Wood has allowed since pitching
for the Royals against the Rays on Aug. 8, 2011.
His homerless streak of 58 games and 63 2/3 innings was the longest
in the majors.
The Astros had managed just four hits before Correa blast.
Right-hander Lance McCullers departed trailing 2-1 having allowed
eight hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart delivered a run-scoring double with two
outs in the fifth inning to plate Jose Peralta and break a scoreless
tie. A half-inning after the Astros pulled even, Peraza followed
back-to-back singles from Billy Hamilton and Cabrera with an RBI
Reds rookie left-hander John Lamb continued what has been a stellar
month, matching his career high for strikeouts while lowering his
June ERA to 2.66 over four starts and 23 2/3 innings.
Lamb retired the first seven batters he faced before working around
a Luis Valbuena single and a walk to George Springer in the third
inning by striking out first baseman Marwin Gonzalez to stifle that
The Astros managed two more runners in the fourth before Lamb
induced an inning-ending groundball out off the bat of Evan Gattis.
Lamb notched his eighth strikeout to close the fifth inning and it
wasn't until the sixth that Houston finally scratched across a run
to pull even.
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Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) hits a single during the
first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.
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Gomez, whose bloop single in the fourth preceded Gattis' groundout,
greeted reliever JC Ramirez with a sharp single to left that scored
Gonzalez, whose single off Lamb opened the frame. Ramirez escaped
without surrendering the lead, leaving Lamb with a ledger that
included one earned run allowed on three hits and four walks over 5
NOTES: OF Ronnie Dawson, a second-round pick out of Ohio State,
signed with the Astros and worked out with the club on Friday.
Dawson reportedly agreed to a $1.0568 million signing bonus, the
assigned slot value for the 61st pick in the first-year player
draft. ... The Reds reinstated CF Billy Hamilton from the seven-day
concussion disabled list. Hamilton last played against the Cardinals
on June 8 when he suffered a concussion on a hard slide into third
base. To make room for Hamilton, the Reds optioned OF Steve Selsky
to Triple-A Louisville. ... Astros 1B Tyler White was optioned to
Triple-A Fresno on Friday following an 18-game slide that saw him
hit .127 with no home runs, two RBIs and 15 strikeouts. White began
his rookie season with a flourish, earning American League Player of
the Week honors after batting .556 with three homers and nine RBIs
from April 5-10. ... The Astros also activated RHP Luke Gregerson
from the family medical emergency list.
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