Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake shutdown the Houston Astros offense by striking out six, allowing seven hits and only two runs through six innings of work in a 9-3 win. The two runs that the Astros did score off of Leake were a pair of back-to-back solo home runs by Fernando Martinez and Matt Dominguez in the fourth inning.
At the end of the fourth, the game was tied at 2-2 and the Astros were hanging around, but the Reds opened up the flood gates in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs off of Astros starter Fernando Abad. Abad left the game after just 4.1 innings and a 6-2 deficit.
The Astros offense was unable to respond to the big fifth inning and had just two hits and one run over the final four innings
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