Bronson Arroyo extended his personal winning streak to five games, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit solo home runs and the first-place Cincinnati Reds bounced back from a frustrating loss with a 5-1 win over the last-place Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Phillips and Joey Votto both had two hits to help Arroyo improve to 8-1 over his last nine starts and 9-2 since July 6.
Arroyo (12-7) had at least one baserunner in every inning except the seventh - his last - but allowed just a first-inning run. The Astros had seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Sean Marshall allowed a walk in the eighth and Jonathan Broxton gave up two hits while finishing the game in the ninth.
Houston starter Bud Norris (5-12) saw his career-long losing streak stretch to 11 games, dating to May 31. He allowed six hits and five runs with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.
The Astros, who staged an unlikely ninth-inning comeback against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to pull out a 5-...