- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Russ Ortiz pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

Ortiz, vying for the fifth spot in Houston’s rotation, allowed one hit, struck out two and walked none.

Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer and Humberto Quintero had an RBI single for Houston.

Johnny Cueto worked five innings in his second spring start for Cincinnati. Cueto, who played for Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, yielded two runs and six hits.

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