Reds Edge Astros

CINCINNATI (AP) - Homer Bailey shut Houston down again and came

up with a career-high three hits and Devin Mesoraco homered to help

the Cincinnati Reds snap a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 win

over the Astros on Tuesday night.

Brandon Phillips also homered while Jay Bruce had three hits and

Dave Sappelt and Juan Francisco each added two hits each as the

Reds broke out of a slump. Their nine hits through five innings

were one more than their total from the previous three games.

Bailey (9-7), who went into the game 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA in

three starts against the Astros this season, set a career-high in

wins while allowing six hits and two runs with two walks and five

strikeouts in seven innings.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 34th save.