Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 8/31/12
HOUSTON (AP) -- Jay Bruce had a three-run homer and Zack Cozart added a two-run shot to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 9-3 on Friday night. Cozart's home run gave the Reds an early lead before consecutive homers by Fernando Martinez and Matt Dominiguez tied it at 2-all in the fourth inning. Chris Heisey singled in a run in the fifth to put the Reds on top and Bruce connected for his 28th home run later in the inning to cushion the lead. It's the fourth straight win for the NL-Central-leading Reds. The loss wraps up a dismal August for the last-place Astros, who have dropped six straight and went 5-22 in this month. Reds starter Mike Leake (7-8) allowed seven hits and struck out six in six innings. Brandon Phillips extended his hitting streak to 10 games with three hits and drove in a run for his 71st RBI, which leads all second basemen. Cozart's two-run homer in the third inning off Houston starter Fernando Abad (0-2) landed in the back of the Crawford Boxes ...
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