Jordan Lyles pitched seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell had a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, snapping a season-worst eight-game skid.
Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer off Lyles in the third inning, but the Reds couldn't get anything else going against the 21 year old.
He allowed five hits and struck out three in his longest start of the year. It's the first win of the season for Lyles (1-1) and his first since last Aug. 20.
He has made five starts for Houston, but spent most of the season in Triple-A. Brett Myers pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.
The Astros trailed by one in the fifth inning before an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Jordan Schafer made it 3-2.
Maxwell's homer to the Crawford Boxes in left field came in the seventh inning and chased Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (2-4). It was his major league-leading third pinch-hit homer this year and extended Houston's lead to...