It's over: Reds 9, Astros 5
Reds win 9-5, to snap the three-game losing streak.
That was a loud "Whew!" you heard after the last out. David Weathers got the final outs for his seventh save.
Adam Dunn has a homer, triple and double. He grounded out going for the cycle in the sixth. Ken Griffey Jr. also homered, tying Rafael Palmeiro for ninth all-time with 569.
Reds led, 7-0, but it got dicey in the eighth. Mike Stanton started the inning. He loaded the bases, around getting an out. Pitching change: David Weathers in. He got Brad Ausmus to pop out on the first pitch. Morgan Ensberg pinch-hit for Brian Moehler. Ensberg hit a 3-2 pitch out -- just foul, then took a caller third strike.
David Ross hit a two-run homer in the fifth to get the lead back to four after the Astros closed from 7-0 to 7-5.
Aaron Harang: 6 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. Obviously, he didn't have his best stuff. He's been averaging six strikeouts a start. Harang gave up a three-run homer on 2-2 pitch to Chris Burke with two outs in the fourth. Harang was not happy. He threw something in the dugout.
Harang gave up two more in the fifth.
How runs scored (we used to have to do these every game, I hated it)
Reds 1st: Freel singles, Hatteberg singles. Freel to third. Griffey sacrfice fly. Dunn three-run homer.
Reds 2nd: Freel doubles. Griffey two-run homer. Reds 3rd: Dunn triples. Hamilton sacrifice fly.
Astros 4th: Berkman singles, Lamb singles. Burke three-run homer.
Astros 5th: Two outs. Lorett singles. Berkman walks. Leee singles, Loretta scores. Scott singles, Berkman scored, Lee out at third.
Reds 5th: Dunn doubles. Ross two-run homer. Reds, 9-5.