Houston (35-41) at Cincinnati (30-47)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Fri Jul 1, 2005
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Andy Pettitte will try to build off his best outing of the season when he takes the mound for the Houston Astros against the Cincinnati Reds in what has become the opener of a four-game set.

Friday’s game was supposed to be the second game of the series, but Thursday’s opener was called off after seven innings due to rain with the scored tied 2-2.

The game will be replayed from the start on Saturday as part of a doubleheader, the opener scheduled to begin at 5:10 p.m. EDT.

Pettitte’s last start was typical of the season he’s had—a solid performance with nothing to show for it.

The veteran left-hander pitched nine strong innings, but didn’t get the win because Morgan Ensberg’s game-winning RBI single didn’t come until the bottom of the 10th as Houston edged Texas 3-2 on Sunday.

Pettitte allowed one earned run and seven hits with no walks. He also struck out six in his longest outing since a complete game against Seattle on Aug. 9, 2003, when he was with the New York Yankees.

Pettitte has now allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of his 15 starts this season.

The Astros ended June on an upswing—seven wins in 10 games to end the month 16-9. It was their best June since 1989, when they went 18-10.

The Reds, on the other hand, were heading in the opposite direction, having lost four straight heading into Thursday. They are 17 games below .500 and 19 games out of first place in the NL Central, both season lows.

Luke Hudson will try to forget his last start when he takes the ball for the Reds.

The 28-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs and eight hits over 2 1-3 innings in a 12-7 loss to Cleveland on Saturday.

“It was almost like a hitting parade out there,” said Hudson, who spent the first two months of the season on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder.

“I had to stop it before it got worse. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do it. That’s the hardest I’ve ever been hit. I hope I don’t have to go through it again. It was embarrassing, disturbing and downright pathetic.”

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A. Pettitte NYY vs. L. Hudson KC
17-9 Record 6-9
2.39 ERA 6.38
171 K 53
41 BB 50
1.03 WHIP 1.57