- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

HOUSTON (AP) - Joey Votto’s two-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Trailing 3-2, Paul Janish and Willy Taveras singled before Votto’s hit helped the Reds win for the third time in four games.

Bronson Arroyo (2-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. Arthur Rhodes got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Hunter Pence. Francisco Cordero then pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five tries.

Geoff Geary (0-2) took the loss.

Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning to give the Astros the lead. Arroyo was the pitcher who broke Lee’s hand last Aug. 9 ending his season when he was leading the league in RBIs.

Mike Hampton gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings for Houston. He struck out five and walked one. It was his first start against the Reds since May 26, 2003.

Edwin Encarnacion had a two-run single in the first to give the Reds a 2-0 lead.

Houston cut the deficit to one in the second on Ivan Rodriguez’s RBI groundout.

Notes:@ Berkman tied Craig Biggio for second on the Astros all-time home run list with 291. … Houston increased its NL-leading total of double plays to 18 with one in the fourth inning. … Kaz Matsui was back in the lineup for the first time in six games after sitting out with a sore back. … Jay Bruce missed his third straight game with a bruise on his right hand, although he did pinch run in Sunday’s game. … Cincinnati has trailed in 10 of its 12 games this season.

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