Astros blank Reds be­hind Ro­driguez

Lefty yields 1 hit in 7 in­nings; John­son, Pence hit homers

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — The Astros were concerned when Wandy Ro­driguez lost six of seven starts ear­lier this sea­son.

Af­ter Sun­day’s per­for­mance, in which he al­lowed one hit over seven in­nings for his fifth win in six out­ings, the team isn’t wor­ried about the left-han­der any­more.

Hunter Pence and Chris John­son home­red to back Ro­driguez, and Hous­ton beat the Cincin­nati Reds 4-0.

“The whole thing when he was strug­gling was get­ting him back to how he can re­ally throw,” Hous­ton man­ager Brad Mills said. “It sure looks like he’s turned the corner.”

Michael Bourn drove in two

drove in two runs with a dou­ble for the Astros in the 7th. runs with a dou­ble in Hous­ton’s three-run sev­enth to help the Astros avoid a three-game sweep against Cincin­nati, which be­gan the day with a half-game lead in the NL Cen­tral over St. Louis.

Ro­driguez (8-11) struck out seven, Bran­don Lyon gave up one hit in the eighth and Matt Lind­strom did the same in the ninth to com­plete the shutout.

Reds rookie starter Mike Leake (7-2) was per­fect in the fifth and sixth in­nings be­fore John­son’s homer to left field with one out in the sev­enth made it 2-0.

The home run ex­tended his ca­reer-best hit­ting streak to nine games. Ja­son Cas­tro fol­lowed with a sin­gle be­fore a pinch-hit dou­ble by Ja­son Michaels chased the Ari­zona State alum­nus.

Michael Bourn

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