Reds beat Astros 10-4 for sixth straight win

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HOUSTON (AP)—Jay Bruce(notes) and Laynce Nix(notes) homered and drove in three runs apiece, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 10-4 on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive win.

Juan Francisco(notes) and Corky Miller(notes) each had two RBIs for the Reds, who have won 10 of 12 and 23 of 33 overall. They beat the Astros for the ninth straight time.

Miguel Tejada(notes) was 4 for 4 with two RBIs for the Astros, who have lost 11 of 12 and dropped to 1-4 under interim manager Dave Clark.

Former Astros ace Roger Clemens(notes) was on the field before the game to videotape his son Koby being honored as one of Houston’s top minor league players. Koby Clemens hit .345 with 121 RBIs at Class A Lancaster to top all Astros farmhands in those categories.

Cincinnati pushed across two runs in the second, three in the third and made it 8-2 with three in the fifth. Nix hit a two-run drive off Felipe Paulino(notes) (2-11) in the second for his 14th homer and added a sacrifice fly in the third. Francisco had a two-run single in the third and Miller doubled in a pair of runs in the fifth.

Paulino (2-11) gave up eight runs and nine hits in five innings, dropping to 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA in his last 10 games.

Justin Lehr(notes) (5-2) went five innings for Cincinnati, yielding four runs and six hits.

Hunter Pence(notes) hit a solo drive in the second and Tejada connected in the third against Lehr, who tied a club record when he allowed five homers Sept. 16 outing against Houston.

Bruce hit a two-run shot in the ninth for his 20th homer. He also had an RBI double in the fifth.

NOTES: Reds 3B Scott Rolen(notes) missed his second straight game with back spasms. He is expected to sit out again Sunday, then be re-evaluated. Nix’s second-inning homer snapped an 0-for-20 string. Houston’s 20 home runs in its last 15 games leads the NL in that span. Pence’s 25th homer in the second inning tied his career high set last year.

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