Series: Game 3 of 4

Houston leads 3-0 (as of 7/9)

Game 1: Monday, July 7
Game 2: Tuesday, July 8
Game 3: Wednesday, July 9
Game 4: Thursday, July 10

Reds 2

(40-49, 19-27 away)

Astros 12

(47-43, 29-17 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 9, 2003

    Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas 

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    CIN 000001010 2 8 0
    HOU 60002400 - 12 14 0

    W: J. Robertson (8-3)

    L: D. Graves (4-9)

    Houston 12, Cincinnati 2

    HOUSTON (AP) -- Jeriome Robertson became the first Houston rookie to win seven straight decisions and Adam Everett hit his first career grand slam as the Astros beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-2 Wednesday night.

    Everett's shot highlighted a six-run first inning as the Astros won their third in a row and sent Cincinnati to its seventh straight loss. The Reds' slump is their longest since an eight-game skid in June 2002.

    Lance Berkman and Richard Hidalgo hit consecutive homers for Houston and Gregg Zaun also connected.

    Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 478th career home run and Juan Castro also homered for the Reds.

    Robertson (8-3) hasn't lost since April 25, a span of 13 starts. He leads the team in victories with a 4.87 ERA.

    Robertson gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

    Everett set a career best with four RBI with one swing, connecting for his fifth home run of the season. Hidalgo and Craig Biggio had three hits apiece for the Astros.

    Danny Graves (4-9) made his third straight start on three days' rest and struggled. He went five innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks.

    Graves has gone 1-4 since he developed a blister on his right middle finger that caused him to miss a scheduled start June 11.

    Zaun hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning to make it 8-0.

    Jeff Bagwell's RBI single and back-to-back homers by Berkman and Hidalgo stretched the lead to 12-1 in the sixth.

    Griffey hit his 10th home run in the sixth and Juan Castro hit his fifth in the eighth.

    Game notes

    Houston's Geoff Blum increased his career-high hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning ... Everett's slam was the Astros' third of the season. Ausmus and Morgan Ensberg hit them. ... Biggio hit his 499th career double in the fourth. ... Graves got the first stolen base of his career in the fifth inning. ... It was the fifth time Houston has had back-to-back homers this season and the eighth time the Reds have allowed them.

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