Everett's shot highlighted a six-run first inning as the Astros
won their third in a row and sent Cincinnati to its seventh
straight loss. The Reds' slump is their longest since an eight-game
skid in June 2002.Lance Berkman and Richard Hidalgo hit consecutive homers for
Houston and Gregg Zaun also connected.Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 478th career home run and Juan Castro
also homered for the Reds.Robertson (8-3) hasn't lost since April 25, a span of 13 starts.
He leads the team in victories with a 4.87 ERA.Robertson gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. He
walked none and struck out seven.Everett set a career best with four RBI with one swing,
connecting for his fifth home run of the season. Hidalgo and Craig
Biggio had three hits apiece for the Astros.Danny Graves (4-9) made his third straight start on three days'
rest and struggled. He went five innings and allowed eight runs on
nine hits and two walks.Graves has gone 1-4 since he developed a blister on his right
middle finger that caused him to miss a scheduled start June 11.Zaun hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the
fifth inning to make it 8-0.Jeff Bagwell's RBI single and back-to-back homers by Berkman and
Hidalgo stretched the lead to 12-1 in the sixth.Griffey hit his 10th home run in the sixth and Juan Castro hit
his fifth in the eighth.
Houston's Geoff Blum increased his career-high hitting
streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning ... Everett's
slam was the Astros' third of the season. Ausmus and Morgan Ensberg
hit them. ... Biggio hit his 499th career double in the fourth. ...
Graves got the first stolen base of his career in the fifth inning.
... It was the fifth time Houston has had back-to-back homers this
season and the eighth time the Reds have allowed them.