Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jay Bruce doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lift the Reds to a 6-4 win in the opener of a three-game series with the Astros.
Joey Votto was 3-for-4 with a home run, walked and scored one of his two runs on Bruce's double. Ryan Hanigan had a two-run single and Bruce ended with two RBI as the Reds bounced back from dropping the final two games of a four-game set with Washington.
Francisco Cordero put the tying run on base in the ninth but stranded a pair by getting Hunter Pence to line out to center to end the game to earn his 27th save.
Pence was 4-for-5, hit a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth, scored twice and drove in three for Houston, which was coming off a 3-3 road trip. Tim Byrdak (1-1) took the loss.