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.