7:10 PM ET, April 19, 2007
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
• Summary: The Astros' Luke Scott led an eighth-inning rally with a bases-loaded double to wrap up a two-game sweep over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.
• Hero: Scott, who homered in the seventh, continued to hit big, and drove a ball to the wall in right-center field to score three runs in the eighth to tie the game 6-6. Scott later scored on Morgan Ensberg's sacrifice fly.
• Figure this: The Astros are 5-1 on the road, their best such start since they won seven of their first eight road games in 2004.
• Figure this II: Reds' Mike Stanton made his 1,118th career appearance, leaving him one behind John Franco for second place on the career list. Jesse Orosco holds the record at 1,252.
• Quotable: "It's hard to believe you could have back-to-back nights where you give up five runs in the eighth inning." -- Manager Jerry Narron on Cincinnati's loss.
• Elias Says: Josh Hamilton hit his fifth home run in his 29th at-bat of the season (and his career) in the Reds' 8-6 loss to the Astros. The last player to hit his first five homers in fewer than 30 at-bats was Mark Quinn of the Royals in 1999 (25 AB).
-- ESPN.com news services
Astros 8, Reds 6
RHP Matt Albers makes his season debut and his third career start in Milwaukee on Friday. Albers was called up from Triple-A when RHP Jason Jennings went on the 15-day DL on Monday with a sore elbow. ... Ensberg's double in the fifth extended his hitting streak to seven games. ... The Astros are 5-1 on the road, their best such start since they won seven of their first eight road games in 2004. ... Reds LHP Mike Stanton made his 1,118th career appearance, leaving him one behind John Franco for second place on the career list. Jesse Orosco holds the record at 1,252. ... Hamilton started in RF for Ken Griffey Jr., who was sick.
Regular Season Series
|Houston leads 11-4 (as of Thu 4/19)|
|Wed 4/18||HOU 7, @CIN 2||Recap|
|» Thu 4/19||HOU 8, @CIN 6||Box Score|
|Tue 5/1||CIN 11, @HOU 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/2||@HOU 3, CIN 1||Recap|
|Thu 5/3||@HOU 7, CIN 5||Recap|
|Mon 5/7||HOU 5, @CIN 4||Recap|
|Tue 5/8||HOU 7, @CIN 6||Recap|
|Wed 5/9||HOU 3, @CIN 2||Recap|
|Thu 5/10||@CIN 9, HOU 5||Recap|
|Tue 5/29||CIN 2, @HOU 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/30||CIN 4, @HOU 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/31||@HOU 10, CIN 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/25||HOU 8, @CIN 5||Recap|
|Wed 9/26||HOU 7, @CIN 6||Recap|
|Thu 9/27||HOU 4, @CIN 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Astros | Reds|
|1st||B Phillips homered to center, R Freel scored.||0||2|
|1st||S Hatteberg doubled to deep center, J Hamilton scored.||0||3|
|5th||H Quintero grounded into double play, second to shortstop to first, M Ensberg scored, A Everett out at second.||1||3|
|5th||J Hamilton homered to right, R Freel and A Dunn scored.||1||6|
|7th||L Scott homered to right.||2||6|
|8th||L Berkman singled to left, C Biggio scored, M Loretta to second.||3||6|
|8th||L Scott doubled to deep center, M Loretta, L Berkman and C Lee scored, L Scott to third advancing on throw.||6||6|
|8th||L Berkman singled to left, C Biggio scored, M Loretta to second.||6||6|
|8th||L Scott doubled to deep center, M Loretta, L Berkman and C Lee scored, L Scott to third on throwing error by second baseman B Phillips.||6||6|
|8th||M Ensberg hit sacrifice fly to right, L Scott scored.||7||6|
|9th||J Lane homered to left center.||8||6|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||14,222 (33.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||58 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|