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Reds Reds awaken in ninth to rally past Astros

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The Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, capped by Jay Bruce's game-winning RBI double, to battle back for a 3-2 victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

The Reds trailed, 2-0, and were held to one hit through eight innings until they encountered Houston closer Brandon Lyon in the ninth. Drew Stubbs led off by drawing a four-pitch walk, and a wild pitch on a 1-2 count to Chris Heisey moved Stubbs into scoring position. Heisey sliced a line drive into right field to put runners on the corners.

Joey Votto rolled an RBI single through the right side that scored Stubbs. Brandon Phillips feigned a bunt twice before hitting a 2-1 pitch through the right side for a game-tying RBI single.

Lyon never recorded an out as Bruce followed Phillips by pulling a double down the right-field line to score Phillips and get the walk-off win. Reds closer Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to get the victory.

Even if his line had four walks, Reds starter Travis Wood gave the Reds the quality start their rotation has been starving for, but he still came up with a no-decision. The left-hander pitched six innings and allowed two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts.

Astros catcher J.R. Towles began the third inning with a double to the left-field corner and moved to third base on a sacrifice. Michael Bourn walked to put runners on the corners, and Jason Bourgeois continued his hot hitting with an RBI single to center field. Hunter Pence drove in Bourn with a single through the left side.

In his first Major League start, Aneury Rodriguez gave the Astros five scoreless innings. The right-hander kept Cincinnati quiet by allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three.

The one hit off Rodriguez came in the third inning when Chris Valaika launched a triple over right fielder Pence's head at the wall. However, Valaika remained stuck 90 feet from home plate as Wood struck out and Stubbs flied out to center field.
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