Cozart rounds third after a two run home run. The Reds dropped a 5-3 decision to the Astros. (Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE)

Reds Road Trip Ends on Down Note with 5-3 Loss

It’s too bad the Reds couldn’t take a couple of the runs they scored from Saturday’s 12-9 win and add them to what they scored on Sunday. If there were such a rule, today’s game would have at least gone extra innings. Ah, but there’s no such allowance.

After a night where the bats sparked and provided for 12 runs (even tough nine were allowed), the Reds bats were silenced (once again) by Houston starter Jordan Lyles. Heading into today’s game, Lyles held a record of 2-9 with and ERA of 5.43. He now owns three MLB wins, two off Cincinnati. Lyles worked seven innings and only allowed two runs, both off the bat of Zack Cozart, a second inning home run. Cozart was also the only Red to collect more than one hit.

The only other run scored was on a sacrifice fly by Joey Votto…a 400-foot sacrifice fly, that is. Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer had to do a forty yard dash and veer just to the left of Tal’s Hill in order to catch the shot.

Outside of Cozart’s blast, not much else was going on with the Reds bats.

Today’s 5-3 loss represents the only time this season where the Good Guys dropped a Sunday game. Yes, you read that correctly. Today was the first time the Reds dropped a Sunday game.

Day off tomorrow and the Pittsburgh Pirates will stroll into GABP for a three games series. The Buccos sit three games behind the Good Guys in the NL Central. The three game series should be a good one. The Reds dropped two of three on their last trip to PNC. Maybe the favor can be, at no worse, returned.

Probables: Brad Lincoln (3-0, 1.04 ERA) for the Pirates against Homer Bailey (4-3, 3.73 ERA) for the Reds. Game time is 7:10 PM ET.

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