Jordan Lyles deserved a better fate but the Astors bullpen faltered late and drops the series finale to the Cincinnati Reds 6-5.
Lyles pitched well allowing three runs on four hits in six innings of work. He left the game leading 5-3. Wilton Lopez surrendered back-to-back singles by the Reds in the seventh and was lifted in favor of David Carpenter. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Carpenter struck out Drew Stubbs for the second out of the inning. Joey Votto followed with a double to right that tied the game at 5-5.
Fernando Rodrguez came on in the eighth for the Astros and gave up a lead off home run to Jay Bruce that proved to be the winning run for the Reds. Sean Marshall closed things out for Cincinnati in the ninth.
Jose Altuve continued his torrid stretch going 3 for 5 to raise his average to .373. Jed Lowrie banged out a couple of hits including his second homer of the season while driving in three runs. Matt Downs hit his first home run of the season for the Astros.
Votto had two hits for the Reds including his second homer and the game-tying double in the seventh. He finished with four RBIs in the game. Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan each had two hits for the Reds.
Logan Ondrusek earns the win with a scoreless inning of relief for the Reds. Rodriguez gets tagged with his third loss of the young season for Houston.