Found June 02, 2012 on Fox Sports Tennessee:
HOUSTON (AP) -- Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs, Brandon Phillips added three RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted Houston 12-9 Saturday night to hand the Astros their eighth straight defeat. Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with a home run and a walk. Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick also connected for the Reds, who set a season high for runs. Brandon Phillips doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and added two RBIs in the eighth. The Reds were up 8-2 after hitting three homers off starter Wandy Rodriguez in the first two innings. Houston closed the gap with a three-run third and went on top by adding four in the fourth. Ludwick's solo homer tied it in the fifth. Votto hit a two-out single in the sixth before scoring on the double by Phillips, which dropped in front of a diving Fernando Martinez in right field and put Cincinnati up 10-9. The win put the NL Central-leading Reds (30-22) a season-high eight games over .500 and extended Houston's longest losing ...

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