Reds Vs. Astros: Votto Smashes Cincinnati Past Houston 4-3

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 8: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Redshits a three run home run against the New York Mets during the first inning at Great American Ballpark on April 8, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images)

The Reds ended their series against Houston Monday night, taking the series 3-1 by winning last night's game 4-3.

Starter Bronson Arroyo (3-0) pitched solid, going seven innings and giving up nine hits and allowing three earned runs with two Ks and no walks. Reliever Arthur Rhodes shone when he had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth inning by striking out Hunter Pence looking on a full count.

Closer Francisco Cordero closed out the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion put the Reds ahead early on 2-0 in the first when he singled in Willy Taveras and Joey Votto.

The Reds were down 3-2 after Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee clobbered back-to-back jacks off Bronson Arroyo in the bottom of the seventh, but the Reds answered right back in the top of the eighth.

Votto smashed a double that just missed being a homer that drove in two runs and ended up being the game winner. Votto is on a roll, and that’s just what the Reds need heading to Chicago.

The Reds are 5-2 so far on this 10-game road trip and a half game out of first place. They will travel to Chicago to take on the Cubbies at Wrigley Field tonight at 8:05 ET.

Micah Owings (0-1) will try to rebound as he takes on Chicago's talented pitcher Rich Harden (0-1).