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Reds Rock Astros, 9-1

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Drew Stubbs hit a two-run home run and finished with four RBI as the Cincinnati Reds took a 9-1 win from the Houston Astros in the finale of a three-game set.

Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and drove in three while Jonny Gomes added a solo shot for the Reds, who have won three of four. Bronson Arroyo (17-10) gave up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts over seven innings.

"I didn't feel great today, but once you get that five-run lead I felt pretty confident out there," said Arroyo. "Once you have that kind of cushion you can relax and just go out there and do your job."

Jeff Keppinger hit a solo home run for the Astros, who have dropped four of their last five.

Brett Myers (14-8) came into the game having gone at least six innings in all of his previous 32 starts on the season, but was pulled with two outs in the sixth to snap the streak. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

"His command wasn't what he normally had," said Houston manager Brad Mills about Myers. "He kept trying and trying but he just couldn't find his touch out there."

The Reds went on top in the second inning as Jay Bruce led off with a single and Stubbs followed with his 22nd home run of the season for a 2-0 lead.

Houston got one back in the third on Keppinger's two-out, solo shot over the wall in left-center.

Cincinnati solidified its lead in the fifth as Stubbs hit a two-run single and Ryan Hanigan followed with an RBI single for a 5-1 game.

A two-run homer from Phillips and a solo shot by Gomes in the sixth gave Cincinnati a seven-run advantage.

Phillips' RBI single in the seventh extended the lead further, while Arroyo retired the final 13 batters he faced before stepping off the mound for the eighth.

Bill Bray threw a perfect eighth and Francisco Cordero did the same in the ninth to lock down the win.

Cincinnati closes out its regular season with a three-game set at home against Milwaukee...Houston, which finished the road portion of its season with a mark of 34-47, plays three games at home against the Cubs...The Reds took 10 of the 15 games against the Astros this season.

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