Bruce and Votto big in win
The Reds have won seven of their last 10 games with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Astros. They also took two of three in the series. Lots to like with this team lately.
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And to conclude April, the Reds are back to .500 at 11-11 before the Cubs come to town Tuesday after Monday’s off day.
As the NHL playoffs chug into the second round, the Three Stars of Sunday’s game.
No. 3 star: Jordan Lyles, HOU — 6 ip, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. Lyles, freshly called up from Triple-A, held the Reds hitless for the first three innings.
No. 2 star: Joey Votto — 2-for-3, 1 HR, 4 RBIs. Votto ended a homer drought that lasted 68 at-bats over 19 games. The team was trailing 2-0 when he slugged a two-run homer off of Lyles. It was 5-3 Houston lead in the seventh when Votto managed to pull a tough pitch for a two-run double to right field that tied the game.
“He actually threw a good pitch and I should have made an out,” Votto said. “I found a spot. It wasn’t a very good swing and I picked the wrong pitch. I got lucky in a way.”
The No. 1 star is Jay Bruce, who was 1-for-3 with the game-winning home run in the eighth. Bruce led off the inning vs. Fernando Rodriguez and hit the first pitch over the right field fence. He has a career-best four-straight games with a homer and is 16-for-38 (.421) over his last 10 games.
“It’s a long season and we’re a month down, but I am continuing to work,” Bruce said. “I will try not to focus on the numbers as much as the preparation and work that I do on a daily basis to be able to go out and perform and help my team.”
News and notes:
*This was a day when the Reds had to pick up a lackluster Mat Latos: 6.1 ip, 10 H (career high tying), 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.
“I got sick right before the game and I was grinding through it as much as possible,” Latos said.
*Over his 13 career starts in the month of April, Latos is 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA and 14 homers allowed. He has allowed 5+ runs in 5 of those 13 starts since 2010. He’s done it just twice in his other 53 starts (Thanks Joel Luckhaupt for that second tidbit).
*Logan Ondrusek nabbed the victory with another stellar inning in the eighth. The Reds bullpen has a 2.82 ERA for the season.
“The way we started was really ugly. I think it was a shock to everybody in the clubhouse. It was kind of humbling. It was a good thing. I’m a firm believer that you don’t want to start off slow but there is nothing wrong with starting off slow. It keeps you in check and makes you work a little harder and concentrate on the fundamentals of the game. Those are what will carry you throughout the middle of summer and the end of the year.” Joey Votto on the .500 month.
“That was the only thing eluding him in his young career right now. When he gets a good pass on a ball, there’s nobody more dangerous than him around.” — Dusty Baker on Jay Bruce
“It’s always good when you can come through for your team like that. Obviously I wasn’t the only part of that comeback.” — Jay Bruce.