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Astros Vs. Reds: Houston Wins Series Finale, Takes 2 Of 3 From 1st-Place Cincinnati

The last-place Astros beat the first-place Reds on Sunday, and took two of three from Cincy in the process.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Houston Records Rare Series Win, Matt Dominguez Homers Again

The Houston Astros won two out of three games against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday and behold, the Stros have won just as many games as they've lost so far this month.

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Astros Vs. Reds Game Recap: Houston Defeats Cincinnati, 5-1

The Houston Astros defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Astros took two out of three games from the Reds in the series.

The 44-96 Astros used two key home runs from their offense and 14 strikeouts from their pitching staff to get by the Reds, who still lead the NL Central with an 84-57 record. Matt Dominguez provided the big blow, hitting a three-run homer off of Johnny Cueto in the third inning. Tyler Greene tacked on another homer in the sixth inning -- his 10th on the season.

29-year-old journeyman Edgar Gonzalez won his second game in as many starts with the Astros, allowing just one run on two hits in five innings. He struck out six batters and issued one walk. The bullpen was strong too, as Wesley Wright struck out the side in the sixth, while Mickey Story whiffed four batters in his two innings of work.

The Astros will face the Chicago Cubs in a three-game series starting on Monday in Houston.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Houston Astros will attempt to win their first series in almost a month when they face the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber match of a three-game set Sunday afternoon. The Astros scored three in the ninth inning of Friday night's game off Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman to steal a two-run win, then dropped last night's game 5-1.

The Astros will send Edgar Gonzalez to the mound Sunday afternoon. Earlier this week, Gonzalez made his first major league start since 2008 in a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh, giving up just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings of work. The Astros last won a three-game series Aug. 10-12, when they took two of three from Milwaukee.

Cincinnati will rely on Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto, who enters the game 17-7 on the year with a 2.58 ERA. This will be Cueto's first start against Houston since April 28, when he threw seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 Reds win.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT. Television coverage is available on Fox Sports Houston, with the radio broadcast on KTRH 740 and KLAT 1010.

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Astros Vs. Reds Game Recap: Cincinnati Earns 5-1 Win

The first-place Cincinnati Reds moved a step closer to the postseason Saturday night with a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros. Combined with a loss by the Cardinals, Cincinnati is now 9.5 games in front of the Central Division after Bud Norris was hung with his 11th straight loss on the mound for Houston.

The Astros only managed one run despite nine hits on the evening. That came in the first inning when Justin Maxwell singled home Fernando Martinez. Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce later homered for the Reds. Cincinnati also added three runs in the sixth to put the game away.

Brandon Arroyo earned his 12th win of the season for Cincinnati, giving up just one run on seven hits in seven innings.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Houston Tries For Two In A Row Against Cincinnati

The Houston Astros play the middle game of a three-game weekend series on Saturday night against the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Houston pulled out one of its best wins of an otherwise rough season in the first game of the series when Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off of Cincinnati's stingy closer, Aroldis Chapman, to push the Astros to a 5-3 win.

The Astros will try to build on that positive momentum when the give they ball to starting pitcher Bud Norris (5-11, 4.80 ERA) on Saturday. The right-hander took a no decision in his last start, also against the Reds, when he gave up just three hits and no runs in six innings on the mound.

The Reds will counter with veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo (11-7, 3.76 ERA). Arroyo has been strong down the stretch for the Reds with no losses in his last five starts, which include a no decision in his last outing when he gave up three hits and one run in six innings against the Astros.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. CT.

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Astros Vs. Reds Game Recap: Houston Wins On Matt Dominguez Homer

The Houston Astros' Matt Dominguez belted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, also ending Aroldis Chapman's streak of 27 consecutive saves.

Houston struck first with a two-run Justin Maxwell home run. Cincinnati answered with two runs of their own in the first. Cincinnati went up 3-2 in the 5th when a Jay Bruce single brought in Chris Heisley. From there Cincinnati's pitchers controlled the game, allowing only two more hits through the 8th.

In the 9th though, Aroldis Chapman, having converted his previous 27 save opportunities, allowed Tyler Greene and J.D. Martinez to reach base, both on bloop singles. Those singles then proved costly, as Matt Dominguez belted a three-run homer with one out in the top of the ninth. Chapman closed out the inning but ended up with the loss.

Wilton Lopez closed the game for Houston, earning the Save. Hector Ambriz received the win.

For more on the Astros, be sure to check out The Crawfish Boxes.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Jay Bruce of the Reds will look for a home run in a team-record fifth consecutive game against the Astros on Friday night.

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