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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds played their last game against the Houston Astros as NL opponents but they will not forget Matt Dominguez anytime soon.
Dominguez hit a three-run homer, Tyler Greene added a solo shot and the Astros slowed Cincinnati's run to the NL Central title with a 5-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
The 23-year old former first-round pick of the Marlins came to the Astros in exchange for Carlos Lee. All three of his homers have been at the expense of the Reds, and the last two were key in winning two games in this series. He hit a ninth-inning, three-run home run off Aroldis Chapman on Friday to lift the Astros to a 5-3 win.
"I'm really pleased with the guys," said Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, who like most of his players wasn't here to endure Houston's struggles on the road. "It's been a long season for a lot of these guys. To win a series against the team with the (second-best) record in baseball is great. ...
BEST OF MAXIM
It always seems to go this way: the worst team beats the best team when the two get together. Does the bad team get an extra jolt of adrenaline that pushes them over the top? Or does the good team fail to find the competitiveness? Or is everything bound to happen eventually as the number of games approaches infinity?
The answer is unclear. What is clear is that the Reds...
The Reds finished off the series with the Astros last night by losing by the same score they won by on Saturday. That loss made for another losing series for the Reds and minor slippage to 8.5 games in the lead of the NLC.
It was Johnny Cueto on the mound, and he had a stinker of an outing. He worked 4.0 innings, during which he allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk. Blerg. Thatâ...
Astros owner Jim Crane says there's a possibility 50-year-old Roger Clemens could pitch for Houston this season.
The Astros begin a week-long homestand on Monday that includes three games against the Cubs and four against the Phillies. Their only remaining home games after this stretch are against the Pirates and the Cardinals, two teams in postseason contention.
The remarkable ride continues for Edgar Gonzalez. From Class AAA to unemployment to the Mexican League to a deal with the Houston Astros and the chance to provide some depth to a rotation that needed it. Elite major-league starter isn't supposed to be the destination of this train and it's way, way, way too early to predict anything like that for the 29-year-old journeyman...
The Joe Morgan bobblehead â the sixth and final in the Reds Hall of Fame & Museumâs 2012 Big Red Machine bobblehead series â is currently available, and can be yours with full-price paid admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, while supplies last.The bobblehead (pictured)Â bobbles in not one but TWO places! Aside...
No Billy Hamilton? No problem. Although many Reds faithful were clamoring for the speedster to be called up this month, there's another prospect who may be capable of making a greater impact down the stretch. He goes by the name of Tony Cingrani and the left-hander was recently dubbed as one of the key September call-upsÂ for any team by ESPN's Keith Law.
Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer, Tyler Greene added a solo shot and the Houston Astros slowed Cincinnati's run to the NL Central title with a 5-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
Edgar Gonzalez allowed two hits and one run in five innings against the Reds, who came in with a magic number of 14 for eliminating second-place St. Louis. Gonzalez (2-0) walked one and struck out...
The third-place Pittsburgh Pirates aren't likely to catch the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, and could soon find themselves out of playoff contention entirely.
Facing Mat Latos isn't likely to help their cause.
Losers in seven of their last nine, the Pirates could be hard-pressed to snap their longest road losing streak in two years in Monday night's series opener...
All of the Reds minor league organizations are through with baseball for this season except for Bakersfield (starting the playoffs tonight) so it's time to start recapping each team's season. Statistical leaders were chosen among those who played significant time. It's notÂ limited to a certain number of ABs or IPs, really. I just picked who I thought played enough...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ryan Ludwick's simple grounder ended the Reds' longest game of the season. No such reprieve for the Pittsburgh Pirates, whose misery goes on.
Ludwick drove in the winning run with a two-out infield single in the 14th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a marathon 4-3 victory Monday night that handed the fading Pirates their fourth straight loss.
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Bakersfield won 8-5. Box Score
Theo Bowe went 2-4 with a walk and a run.
Devin Lohman went 2-4 with an RBI.
Travis Mattair went 2-5 with a double and a run.
Juan Duran went 1-4 with a run.
Dominic DâAnna went 3-4 with a run.
Ryan Wright went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI.
Joe Terry went 2-4 with...
The Pirates open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Monday night. Right-hander Wandy Rodriguez gets the start for the Bucs. The Reds will toss righty Mat Latos.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Astros owner Jim Crane thinks Roger Clemens' comeback could continue in Houston. That would be news to the 50-year-old right-hander, who doesn't sound too interested in the idea.
Crane said Monday there's a possibility Clemens could pitch this season for the majors' worst team.
"We haven't heard from Roger, so that's still up in the...
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By HAL McCOY
CINCINNATI -- What Dusty Baker feared most materialized this weekend -- premature talk of postseason play might distract the job at hand, no matter how menial it seemed.
And it couldn't have seemed more menial with the Houston Astros coming to town, towing 95 losses with them. They hadn't won a series on the road in 2 years -- not since early...