Apr 28, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) pitches during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
CINCINNATI (AP) - Jay Bruce homered for the third consecutive game and drove in four runs to back Johnny Cueto's solid effort as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros, 6-0 on Saturday.
Bruce had a two-run double and Brandon Phillips added two hits for the Reds, who had lost two straight after winning the first two games of a 10-day, nine-game homestand.
Cueto (3-0) wasn't dominant, allowing five hits and a walk while hitting a batter and striking out just three over seven innings, but he was able to make enough quality pitches to keep in check an Astros team that hit .301 over the first four games of their six-game road trip.
Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect eighth inning and Aroldis Chapman allowed two walks and a hit to load the bases in the ninth before striking out Chris Snyder to complete Cincinnati's second shutout of the season and Houston's second shutout loss.
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