Cincinnati (12-11) at Houston (14-9)

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  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Sun May 2, 2004
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With Jeff Kent finally out of his hitting slump, the Houston Astros hope to keep beating up on Cincinnati pitching when they host the Reds in the third game of a four-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Kent drove in four runs on Saturday and the Astros had 16 hits in a 10-4 rout of the Reds. The win was the second straight for the Astros, who entered the series with four straight losses.

Kent had two hits Saturday to break out of a 1-for-13 slump. The All-Star second baseman had only driven in three runs in his previous 13 games.

Richard Hidalgo went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Tim Redding will try to end his early season woes. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.29 ERA in five April starts last season. However, he had a disastrous opening month this year—going 0-3 with a 10.22 ERA in three starts—and is coming off his worst start of the season. Redding gave up eight runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 12-6 loss to St. Louis on April 21.

The Reds, meanwhile, continue to struggle on their current 10-game road trip. Cincinnati is 3-5 so far on the trip, thanks to a pitching staff that has allowed 101 hits over the eight games, and at least 10 hits in each game.

Cincinnati’s offense has also been quiet in Houston, after scoring 17 runs during a two-game series in Milwaukee earlier this week. Reds center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. is hitting .188 (6-for-32) so far during the trip.

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C. Lidle NYY vs. T. Redding Tor
12-12 Record 5-7
4.90 ERA 5.72
126 K 56
61 BB 43
1.35 WHIP 1.67