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Happ Has Rough Opener, Astros Lose 8-2

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Mike Leake threw six solid innings and Chris Heisey drove in three, as the Cincinnati Reds remained unbeaten with an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series.

Leake (1-0) began his second major league season by limiting Houston to two runs on three hits and two walks. He also struck out four for Cincinnati, which is 4-0 for the first time since 1990, when the Reds won the World Series.

They took advantage of an ineffective J.A. Happ to get the win Tuesday. The Astros left-hander lasted only four innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs. He struggled with control, throwing only 52 of his 91 pitches for strikes, walking five and hitting a batter.

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The Astros will try to get back on the horse tomorrow as they throw RHP Nelson Figueroa up against the Reds' Edison Volquez, who was torched on Opening Day against the Brewers. 

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