Bo Porter after a 10-0 loss to the Reds
Tuesday was a night of numbers for the Astros, and they weren’t good.
Cincinnati’s 10-0 win at Minute Maid Park was the Astros’ 100th loss this season, marking the third straight year Houston has eclipsed 100 losses.
In his first at-bat, Houston first baseman Chris Carter struck out for the 200th time of the season.
The Reds scored four runs in the first inning and were in control the entire game. Jay Bruce had five RBIs, including a fourth-inning grand slam, and Cincinnati starter Mike Leake allowed only five hits in eight scoreless innings.
A two-base throwing error in the first inning may have led to Jordan Lyles’ undoing. After retiring Shin-Soo Choo to open the game, Lyles (7-8) made a nice stab of a ball hit by the next batter, Brandon Phillips. But Lyles’ throw to first baseman Carter was low, and Phillips advanced to second on Lyles’ error. Instead of two out and no one on base, the Reds had a runner on second and one out with the meat of the lineup coming up. After Phillips reached base, the following five batters reached base in the four-run inning.
Lyles never seem to fully recover from the error, lasting only 3 1/3 innings. He left the game trailing 9-0 following Bruce’s second career grand slam. The right-hander allowed nine runs, eight earned, and nine hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
Leake (14-6) was dominating. But then it’s easier to pitch when you’re staked to a 4-0 lead before you hit the mound. But Leake was on his game, allowing only two walks with six strikeouts.
In the bullpen
Philip Humber allowed only one run in 3 2/3 innings in relief of a struggling Lyles. Humber allowed three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Sean Marshall retired the side in order in the ninth inning for the Reds.
At the plate
The Astros were shutout for the 12th time this season and managed only five hits, four singles and a double by Jose Altuve. In the eighth inning the Astros had runners at second and third but Marc Krauss struck out swinging for the third out.
Bruce’s fourth-inning grand slam that chased Lyles from the game gave the Reds a 9-0 lead. Bruce’s slam gave him five RBIs for the game and 100 on the season. Zack Cozart had three RBIS, a day after a four-RBI effort. Bruce, Joey Votto and Xavier Paul each scored twice for the Reds.
In the field
Astros left fielder Krauss started a 7-2 double play to end the Reds’ sixth inning. Krauss made the catch on a ball hit by Bruce and his pin-point throw to home was on time as catcher Carlos Corporan, who blocked the plate perfectly, applied the tag on Phillips.
Center fielder Brandon Barnes made two long-running catches. On a ball hit by Bruce for the first out of the fourth, Barnes made the catch just in front of the warning track in front of Tal’s Hill in deep center. Barnes caught up to a ball hit by Votto on the warning track in left-center for the second out of the sixth inning.
J.D. Martinez came into the game to play left field in the seventh inning, his first appearance with the Astros since being placed on the 15-day DL with a wrist injury on July 26.
The three-game series concludes on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. with RHP Brad Peacock (5-5, 5.27 ERA) going for Houston vs. RHP Greg Reynolds (1-2, 5.66 ERA).
The Astros start a four-game road series at Cleveland starting on Thursday, with Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 5.17 ERA) opposing RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9, 3.62 ERA). On Friday, Houston LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 2.98 ERA) pitches against RHP Zach McAllister. Saturday’s game pits Houston RHP Paul Clemens (5-4, 5.54 ERA) against LHP Scott Kazmir (8-8, 4.24 ERA). In Sunday’s series finale LHP Erik Bedard (4-11, 4.60 ERA) of Houston opposes RHP Corey Kluber (9-5, 3.55 ERA).