Since the All-Star break, the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds have picked up three wins in Houston.
The last-place Astros have just as many victories in their home ballpark over that same stretch.
The Reds look to win their fourth in a row and continue to make things miserable for the Astros in Friday night's series opener.
Cincinnati (80-52) arrives in Houston after capping a three-game sweep in Arizona with Wednesday's 6-2 victory, which gave the Reds one more win then they amassed all of last season.
"We know that we have to continue to win ballgames," said Mat Latos, Wednesday's winning pitcher. "As long as we can win the series, we've got a good chance of going somewhere."
The Reds would appear to have a good chance of taking another series with a stop in Houston. They've won seven of nine games against the Astros this year and are 5-1 in Houston, which includes a three-game sweep July 23-25.
The Astros (40-91), owner of baseball's worst record, are 3-17 at home since the Al...