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Owings drives in 2 to send Reds past Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) — Reds pitcher Micah Owings hit a pinch-hit, two-run double to help Cincinnati rally for a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

Scheduled to start Tuesday in Chicago, Owings came to the plate in the seventh inning and hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Geoff Geary, driving in Ramon Hernandez and Alex Gonzalez and giving the Reds the lead.

It was the third pinch-hit appearance of the season and second hit for Owings, who was the NL Silver Slugger in 2007. Hernandez had singled off Geary one batter earlier to tie the game.

Edinson Volquez (2-1) went six innings and allowed one run on four hits and five walks, striking out seven. Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his fourth save in four tries.

Geary (0-1) eventually got out of the seventh, but the damage was done. He allowed two runs, only one of which was earned.

In his first start since Sept. 30, 2007, Felipe Paulino pitched six strong innings and gave the Astros plenty of chances.

Paulino was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start for injured Brian Moehler. After missing all of last season recovering from a pinched nerve in his right arm, Paulino allowed no runs on three hits, walked two and struck out six.

Miguel Tejada's RBI single in the third inning gave Houston a 1-0 lead.

Volquez got out of two one-out, bases-loaded jams after in the third and fifth innings. He got a strikeout and a pop-up to end the third and a disputed double play to end the fifth.

On the latter, Geoff Blum hit a slow roller to second baseman Brandon Phillips, who tagged Hunter Pence and threw to first to get Blum out. Pence said Phillips missed the tag and he and manager Cecil Cooper briefly argued the call with second base umpire Joe West.

Darnell McDonald had a pinch-hit triple in the ninth and scored on Willy Taveras' sacrifice fly. Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Astros their final run.

Notes:@ Tejada's RBI in the third inning was the 1,100th of his career. ... Paulino's single in the fourth was his first major league hit. ... Kaz Matsui didn't start for the fifth straight game with a sore back. He pinch ran for Blum in the eighth and stayed in and played second and had an at bat in the ninth. ... It was the 400th all-time win for the Reds over Houston. Cincinnati has more than 400 wins against seven other teams: the Braves (1,069), Phillies (1,043), Dodgers (995), Cubs (979), Pirates (970), Cardinals (928) and Giants (910). ... Jay Bruce didn't start for the second straight game because of a sore right hand. He pinch-ran for Owings in the seventh.

 

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

 

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