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Volquez humbles Houston

Volquez humbles Houston
CINCINNATI - The Pacific Ocean dried up. A mule won the Kentucky Derby. General Motors introduced a successful new car.

Improbable? How about this for improbabilities?

The Cincinnati Reds beat Houston 3-0 in Great American Ball Park on Wednesday, April 29, after losing 11 straight and 16 of the last 17 to the Astros in GABP.

All it took was a nearperfect pitching episode from Edinson Volquez, the same guy who walked seven Atlanta Braves in his previous

, one .

This time he was a mighty warrior, giving up a two-out double in the first inning to Miguel Tejada and not another hit after that during his eight innings, a career-high.

He hit J.R. Towles with a pitch in the third and issued his first and only walk to pinchhitter Jason Michaels with two outs in the eighth during his 106-pitch evening.

And right fielder Jay Bruce nearly caught Tejada's double, banging into the wall with his left shoulder just as the ball hit his glove.

So the Reds finish April with an 11-10 record, and manager Dusty Baker said, "I like having a winning record after a month. And what we did tonight was prevent a sweep, got us a getaway-day victory, got us a start on the road (Friday in Pittsburgh) with a win and enabled us to pick up a game on some teams in the standings. A lot of big pluses.

"April was a short month, only 21 games, but you'd like to win 15 games a month, and that'll give you 90 wins, which will put you right up there," Baker added.

Offensively, the Reds were sparked by newcomer Adam Rosales and seldom-used Laynce Nix.

It was 0-0 in the fifth inning when Nix led with a triple and Rosales rolled a run-scoring single up the middle.

Joey Votto reached second to open the sixth when Houston outfielders Carlos Lee and Michael Bourn collided, forcing Bourn to drop the ball for an error. Votto later scored on Nix's two-out broken-bat single for a 2-0 lead.

Rosales drove in his second run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

And maybe another contributing factor was a closed-door meeting conducted by Baker three hours before game time, where some dirty linen was aired out, folded and put away in a drawer.

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