• Summary: The Reds Bronson Arroyo looked solid in the win with a seven-inning, three-hit performance and allowed one run. The victory snapped Arroyo's four-game losing streak. Offensively, Adam Dunn had a three-run home run in the sixth to put the game away.
• Hero: Ken Griffey Jr. went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. It was Griffey Jr.'s 565th career home run and his three hits were a season high.
• Figure this: Alex Gonzalez went 2-for-5 for the Reds with a solo home run. Gonzalez has four home runs this season, all of which have come in the last seven games.
• Figure this II: The Reds have scored 28 runs in their last three games and their 11 runs on Tuesday matched a season high.
• Quotable: "It's been a little drought for me. If I can just
keep going out and giving us quality starts, I knew eventually I'm going to have to win a game." -- Bronson Arroyo
-- ESPN.com news services
Reds 11, Astros 2
HOUSTON -- Bronson Arroyo was beginning to feel cursed. There were the four unearned runs on a fielding error in one
game and the blown save in another. In all, the Cincinnati pitcher
had four quality starts but remained winless a month into the
season. That changed Tuesday night when Arroyo allowed one run and three
hits in seven innings and Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer to help
the Reds to an 11-2 win over the struggling Houston Astros. It was the Reds' largest winning margin and Houston's ninth loss
in the last 10 games. In his sixth start, Arroyo (1-2) retired the first nine batters
before walking Craig Biggio to start the fourth. Mike Lamb singled
and Biggio scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Scott later in the
inning. "It's been a little drought for me," he said. "If I can just
keep going out and giving us quality starts, I knew eventually I'm
going to have to win a game." Arroyo walked Lance Berkman to start the sixth and retired the
next six batters before being replaced by John Coutlangus in the
eighth. Arroyo struck out five and walked three. The Reds also got help from Ken Griffey Jr., who was back in the
lineup after missing three of the last four games because of a
chest problem. He went 3-for-3, with a home run and two RBIs, for
his first three-hit game of the season. "He'd had five starts and four of them had been really good and
we hadn't done anything for him," Griffey said. "I'm just glad
that we were able to score some runs and let him go out there and
enjoy something instead of us sitting there battling." Reds manager Jerry Narron said he thought the time off might
have helped Griffey's hand, which he broke in the offseason, feel
better, but Griffey brushed off that theory. "No, all that stuff hurts," he said, but added that he had
recovered from his chest ailment and could finally breathe
normally. In the third, Houston starter Matt Albers gave up back-to-back
homers to Griffey and Alex Gonzalez. Griffey's landed in the right
field bleachers and the one by Gonzalez sailed to the Crawford
Boxes in left field. Dunn reached first when Berkman couldn't
handle his grounder. Dunn stole second base before scoring on a single by David Ross.
Arroyo singled before an RBI-single by Josh Hamilton that made it
6-0 chased Albers. "It was really nice, especially to have a game that you knew
was under control after you got through the fifth or sixth,"
Arroyo said. "I had the opportunity to go out there and just relax
a little bit and pitch." The Reds got two runs in the second on an error by Lamb, the
third baseman. Albers (0-1) allowed eight hits and six runs -- three earned -- in
2 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two. "He got the ball up, his ball was flat and he got behind,"
Astros manager Phil Garner said. "That's a bad combination." Brian Moehler allowed one hit and struck out two in 2 2/3
innings. Scott Hatteberg doubled in the sixth off reliever Trever Miller
and scored on a single by Griffey. Gonzalez followed with a double
before Dunn's three-run homer. It was Dunn's seventh homer and made
it 10-1, causing a chorus of boos and sending scores of fans
streaming for the exits. Houston's former closer Brad Lidge allowed one hit and one run
and hit one batter in 1 2-3 innings before being replaced by Dave
Borkowski in the eighth. Biggio tripled in the eighth for his 2,954th hit and scored on a
single by Berkman. Carlos Lee then hit a grounder to Gonzalez who
made an unassisted double play by tagging Lamb and stepping on
second to put Berkman out. "We didn't look very good or play very well," Biggio said.
"Sometimes it gets uglier before it gets any better. Hopefully
tonight will be the worst of it."
Tuesday's game marked the second time this season the Reds
have had back-to-back home runs after Brandon Phillips and Hamilton
did it on April 10. ... Reds RHP Brad Salmon made his major league
debut on Tuesday, allowing no hits or runs with one walk in the