Astros Dump Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) - Matt Downs hit a tiebreaking homer in the

eighth inning and the Houston Astros beat the slumping Cincinnati

Reds 3-2 on Monday night.

Downs greeted Nick Masset (3-6) with a 362-foot leadoff drive to

left, sending the Astros their second straight win after a

three-game losing streak.

Brandon Phillips hit a leadoff homer in the first for

Cincinnati, which has lost four straight.

Six Houston pitchers combined for a four-hitter. Cincinnati

collected 13 hits while being swept by Milwaukee in a weekend


Rookie David Carpenter (1-3) picked up his first career win by

getting Phillips to ground into an inning-ending forceout with

runners on first and second in the seventh. Mark Melancon pitched

the ninth for his 19th save.