HOUSTON TX - JULY 24: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros can't handle the throw as Xavier Paul #26 of the Cincinnati Reds steals second base at Minute Maid Park on July 24, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Astros Vs. Reds: Francisco Cordero Costs Houston Back-To-Back Games

Francisco Cordero allowed three runs in the ninth inning for the second night in a row, costing Houston the game after a two-out rally in the eighth.

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Astros Vs. Reds Series Recap: Houston Mixes Good, Bad & Unlucky

The Houston Astros were swept by the Cincinnati Reds in a series that could have easily gone the other way. The Astros were at times good and bad, but mostly unlucky.

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Astros Vs. Reds Final Score: Houston Loses 5-3 Despite Two-Out Rally In 9th

The Houston Astros were swept by the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night, losing their third game by a final score of 5-3. After trailing the entire game the Astros took the lead with a two-out rally in the bottom of the eighth, but the Reds came back in the top of the ninth and put the game away.

Bud Norris put in a strong start for Houston, giving up only one run on five hits over seven innings. He didn't get much support from the Houston offense, who collected only four hits and no runs over the same seven. Going in to the eighth the Reds were up 2-0. Houston rallied on three doubles by Jose Altuve, Scott Moore, and J.D. Martinez, with Martinez coming around to score on a pair of throwing errors for a 3-2 lead. That was all they would get, and it would prove to not be enough.

Francisco Cordero made a repeat of his Tuesday night performance, giving up three runs in the ninth to cost Houston the game. With the loss Houston falls to 34-65 and will look to rebound in a four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Cincinnati's Starting Lineup

The Houston Astros look to salvage a series against the first-place Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night, as Houston has dropped the first two contests of the three-game set.

Houston was in position to win on Tuesday night, but a blown save by Francisco Cordero prevented that from happening, as the Reds scored three times in the ninth to win 4-2.

Dusty Baker has announced his starting lineup for Wednesday night, and it is as follows:

SS Zack Cozart
CF Drew Stubbs
RF Jay Bruce
LF Ryan Ludwick
3B Scott Rolen
1B Todd Frazier
2B Wilson Valdez
C Devin Mesoraco
SP Homer Bailey

Bailey has been excellent in July. In four July starts, Bailey is 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA. He's allowed just 27 hits in 30 and 2/3 innings, and has struck out 27 against just three walks.

Hopefully for Astros fans, the Astros are able to knock Bailey around and inflate some of those July numbers.

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Houston Astros Call Up Xavier Cedeno, Still Need Saturday Starter

The Houston Astros have called up Xavier Cedeno from the Class AAA Oklahoma City Redhawks to replace Wandy Rodriguez's roster spot, since Rodriguez was recently traded to the Pirates. Cedeno gives the Astros an 8-man bullpen, which means there is still a starting spot open on Saturday.

Cedeno had a 2.28 ERA in 22 games and 27 2/3 innings of work this season. That's before he was in the Astros bullpen earlier this season, when he gave up three runs, nine hits in 9 1/3 innings pitched.

The Astros called up rookie Dallas Keuchel when J.A. Happ was traded last week. There is only speculation on who Saturday's starter could be, as this rotation could hardly get any worse at this point.

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Houston Astros Vs. Cincinnati Reds: Houston's Starting Lineup

The Houston Astros nearly snapped Cincinnati's five-game winning streak on Tuesday night, but a blown save later, the Reds extended it to six games with a win over the Astros.

On Wednesday night, the Astros will face off against Homer Bailey as they look to snap Cincinnati's winning streak.

Brad Mills has announced his starting lineup, and it is as follows:

SS Marwin Gonzalez
2B Jose Altuve
CF Justin Maxwell
3B Chris Johnson
1B Scott Moore
LF J.D. Martinez
RF Brian Bogusevic
C Carlos Corporan
SP Bud Norris

Norris will look to rebound from a disastrous outing, in which he allowed nine earned runs in four and 1/3 innings. Norris has taken the loss in each of his last seven starts as well, dating back to May 31, when he allowed nine earned runs in one and 2/3 innings against the Rockies.

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Astros Vs. Reds Preview: Wednesday Game Time, TV Info And More

The Houston Astros look to end their eight-game losing streak as they finish up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Minute Maid Park.

Bud Norris (5-8, 5.33 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, looking to snap his personal seven-game losing streak. Norris had a rough outing his last time out against the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving up six hits, five walks and nine runs in just 4-1/3 innings.

The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (9-6, 3.74 ERA), who has won his last four decisions. Bailey had his best performance of his winning streak in his last start, giving up just six hits and one run while striking out ten in eight innings of work against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 20.

Check out the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 25, 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Reds: Francisco Cordero Blows Save In 4-2 Loss

Francisco Cordero allowed three earned runs in the top of the ninth to blow the save and pick up the loss.

Justin Maxwell hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to open up the scoring for Houston. Cincinnati scored one in the sixth, but Cordero entered the ninth looking to secure the win.

He got a flyout to start, but then allowed a single and Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer to give the Reds the lead. Cordero followed with a groundout, two walks and single to score another run and end his day. Fernando Rodriguez came in and got the final out. The Astros managed just one hit in the bottom frame.

The collapse ruined what was a great start by Lucas Harrell, who gave up one earned run over seven innings. Maxwell went 1-for-4, while Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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Astros Vs. Reds Preview: Tuesday Game Time, TV Info And More

The Astros look to end their seven-game losing streak when they host the Cincinnati Reds in the second of this three-game series. Lucas Harrell (7-7, 4.24 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, as the league's worst team searches for a win against the NL Central Division leader.

Harrell faces Mike Leake (3-6, 4.25 ERA), who gets the start for the Reds. The Astros dropped the opener against the Reds on Monday by a score of 8-3. Houston is 1-10 since the All-Star break. Check out the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 24, 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Houston

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Astros Vs. Reds Recap: Houston Falls 8-3 In Minute Maid Park

The Astros have dropped seven straight games and nine of their last 10 after losing to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, but this game was a little different. The Reds beat Houston at Minute Maid Park 8-3 and it took almost four hours to do it.

At this point in the season, the losses are supposed to be painless for the Astros, because there are too many of them to be dragging them out like this. Reds manager Dusty Baker summed it up pretty well:

''It was a long night,'' manager Dusty Baker said of the 3-hour, 56-minute contest. ''That was the longest nine-inning game that I've played in a long time. If you're going to play that long, you might as well win.''

Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier had three hits and two RBIs each. Chris Johnson led the Astros, going 4-5 from the plate with one RBI.

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Astros Vs. Reds: Lineups Announced For Monday

The struggling Houston Astros will look to play spoiler on Monday night when they welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town. They will hope Wandy Rodriguez, who gave up seven runs to the Reds in a start earlier this season, is on his game.

The lineups for Monday:

Cincinnati Reds

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
6. Scott Rolen (R) 3B
7. Chris Heisey (R) RF
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
9. Mat Latos (R) P

Houston Astros

1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS
3. Scott Moore (L) 1B
4. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
5. Justin Maxwell (R) RF
6. Ben Francisco (R) LF
7. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
8. Chris Snyder (R) C
9. Wandy Rodriguez (S) P


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

The Houston Astros bring their six-game losing streak home to Minute Maid Park as they begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

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