Reds complete sweep in Houston

A strong start from Bronson Arroyo combined with home runs from Joey Votto and Jay Bruce propelled the Reds to a 4-2 victory and series sweep over the Astros. The win also allowed the Reds to get back to the .500 mark (11-11) and have a chance to close out April with a winning record.

Arroyo cruised through the first six innings before giving up two runs in the seventh and turning the game over to the bullpen. The trio of Daniel Ray Herrera, Mike Lincoln and Francisco Cordero combined for 2.1 innings of shutout baseball. Arroyo (1-2) was credited with his first victory of the season after allowing just six hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out seven. Cordero earned his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

The Reds offense has definitely been showing signs of coming around. Drew Stubbs, who entered the game in the second inning after Chris Dickerson hurt his wrist, had two hits and scored two runs. Brandon Phillips, Laynce Nix and Bruce each had two hits as well.

Remember the debacle last Saturday? The Reds haven’t lost since. It just reiterates the fact that the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint.

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