Bagwell's single ties game before skies open up

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Relentless thunderstorms kept the Reds' losing
streak rumblin' along for one more night.

Houston's Jeff Bagwell singled home the tying run in the top of
the sixth inning Friday, and a third rain delay forced the umpires
to call a suspended game between the Astros and Reds.

It will resume Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the score tied at 2
and two Astros on base in the top of the sixth. The regularly
scheduled game for Saturday will then follow.

A series of storms left the Reds with one more night to fret
over their longest losing streak of the season -- eight straight and

A quirk of nature prevented them from breaking it Friday night.

Adam Dunn hit his 29th homer in the second inning and Felipe
Lopez hit his first homer off Astros starter Pete Munro in the
bottom of the fifth. If the next storm had moved in at that point,
the Reds could have won a shortened game 2-1.

"You're looking at seconds, one way or the other," Astros
manager Phil Garner said. "The field was getting wet. It was
probably a matter of just a few minutes."

The clouds hung on the horizon for a few more minutes -- just
enough time for the Astros to tie it.

"That was the longest outing I've ever had," said Reds starter
Aaron Harang, who threw during the first two delays. "It's hard to
start and stop and sit for half an hour. I'm wiped. I might ask my
wife to drive home. I might fall asleep in the car."

Harang hit Adam Everett with a pitch to open the sixth, then
retired the next two batters. Jeff Kent -- playing while his
three-game suspension is appealed -- then drew a walk, and heavy
rain returned while Bagwell was at bat.

"The last inning, I started sweating so bad, and then the rain
started," Harang said. "A couple of pitches just missed. The
pitch to Bagwell, I wanted it inside, but it stayed over the middle
of the plate. He hit it hard."

Bagwell lined a single to center to tie it, and the umpires
immediately called for the tarp. The radar showed a big batch of
rain moving in, setting up the suspension.

"We have a chance tomorrow to win it," Bagwell said. "That's
not the best kind of night to play in, but at least we didn't get a
loss, too."

Both starters waited out earlier delays of 41 and 27 minutes,
handling the staccato pace quite well.

Kent was in the starting lineup and went 0-for-2 with the walk.
The second baseman was suspended three games Friday for his
outburst over a strike call, but is playing until the appeal is

Harang didn't allow a hit until Everett opened the fourth with a
single, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. He
came around on Carlos Beltran's double.

Beltran advanced on a wild pitch, but was thrown out at home
while trying to score on Kent's grounder to Lopez at shortstop.

Lopez snapped a 1-all tie with a homer over the 8-foot wall in
center field in the bottom of the fifth, the diminutive shortstop's
first homer since May 1 last year. Lopez has spent most of the last
two seasons in the minors.

From the outset, the teams figured it would be a stop-and-start

Harang threw only five pregame warmups before a downpour
prompted plate umpire Tim Welke to call for the tarp. It was
another 41 minutes before Harang threw the game's first pitch.

A brief downpour halted the game for 27 minutes in the middle of
the third inning. Reds reliever Todd Jones entertained fans by
tossing bubble gum and packages of sunflower seeds into the stands
behind the dugouts. He also lobbed several baseballs and handed
over a couple of bats.

It turned out to be Jones' last appearance with the Reds, who
were completing a four-player trade with the Phillies during the

Game notes
Astros LHP Andy Pettitte felt good on Friday, a day after
he tested his left elbow. Manager Phil Garner expects him to make
his scheduled start Saturday against the Reds. Pettitte had to
leave his start Monday against Arizona in the fifth inning because
his elbow was bothering him. ... SS Barry Larkin was out of the
Reds' lineup for the fifth straight game because of a strained
muscle in his side. He was available to pinch-hit. ... OF Darren
Bragg signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati.