Astros 4, Reds 3, 1st game

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CINCINNATI (AP)—Adam Everett homered and scored two runs, and the Houston Astros came from behind three times Saturday in 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader.

With the Astros trailing 3-2, Jason Lane led off the seventh inning with a double and moved to third on Everett’s single. Chris Burke’s double tied it and moved Everett to third, and Everett scored the go-ahead run one out later on pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro’s sacrifice fly to right-center field that Ken Griffey Jr. dived to catch.

Palmeiro was hitting for Houston rookie starter Wandy Rodriguez (4-3), who recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and five walks with six strikeouts in six innings.

Mike Burns pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Dan Wheeler pitched the ninth for his second save in three tries this season. He also got the save on Friday while closer Brad Lidge remains day to day with a slight elbow problem.

Reds starter Aaron Harang (4-7) fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. The right-hander, who recorded his last win by beating Roger Clemens and the Astros 9-0 in Houston on May 30, allowed eight hits and four runs in seven innings.

The doubleheader became necessary after Thursday’s game was suspended by rain after seven innings with the teams tied at 2. The Reds have five losses and that tie in six games since winning at Cleveland on June 24.

Rich Aurilia had four hits in his last 26 at-bats before lining a 1-1 pitch 385 feet to left for his seventh homer of the season to give the Reds a 1-0 lead with one out in the first.

Everett tied it with his seventh homer with two outs in the second inning.

Wily Mo Pena, who led off the second with a double to extend his career-high hitting streak to eight games, led off the fourth with a 450-foot homer into the first row of the second deck in left field. The homer was his 11th of the season and fourth of the year into the second deck.

Houston again tied the score in the sixth when Willy Taveras reached on a one-out bunt single, stole second as Craig Biggio was striking out, and scored on Mike Lamb’s soft single.

The Reds took their third one-run lead in the sixth. Joe Randa followed Griffey’s leadoff bloop single to left field and Rodriguez’s balk with a double to the left-center field wall that gave the Reds a 3-2 lead.


Biggio’s fourth-inning double was his 2,721st career hit, tying him with Lou Gehrig for 51st on the career list. Roberto Alomar is 50th with 2,724. … Taveras’ bunt single was his 16th of the season, tying the club record set by Steve Finley in 1991. … Everett’s homer was his second in two nights after he didn’t hit one in 97 at-bats since May 31, covering the entire month of June. … Reds 1B Sean Casey celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday. … Rodriguez tied his career high with six strikeouts.

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