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Astros Fall to Reds in Homestand Opener

Posted July 23rd, 2012 @ 11:19pm

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HOUSTON (AP) Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier had three hits and two RBIs each and Brandon Phillips continued his solid play since the injury to Joey Votto with three hits to help the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Ludwick connected on an RBI double in Cincinnati's two-run third inning and added a run with a single in the eighth. Frazier singled in a run in the first and had an RBI double in the eighth.

Phillips has 12 hits and nine RBIs in the eight games since moving to the third spot in the order when Votto went on the disabled list after arthroscopic surgery to repair his injured left knee.

The Reds have remained on track since Votto's injury, winning five straight and six of eight to stay atop the NL Central standings.

The loss was Houston's seventh straight and the Astros have lost 10 of 11 since the All-Star break including a 1-10 road trip.

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