Reds Vs Astros: Hernandez 9th Inning Homer Downs Houston 2-1.

Nathan DunnoCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Ramon Hernandez #55 of the Cincinnati Reds poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo day on February 18, 2009 at the Cincinnati Reds training facility in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Reds Catcher Ramon Hernandez finally got a little redemption for his poor start this season in the top of the ninth with a two run homer to lead Cincinnati over Houston 2-1.

Hernandez was facing Houston's Jose Valverde with one out and Edwin Encarnation on base. Hernandez delivered with his first home run as a member of the Reds. 

Starter Johnny Cueto had an up and down day pitching 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits, and six walks. Cueto had three walks in the fifth, and also walked in a run that gave manager Dusty Baker no choice but to rely on the bullpen.

Relievers Mike Lincoln, Daniel Ray Hererra and Nick Maseet (Win 1-0) pitched scoreless, and mere perfect, innings in relief work.

Closer Francisco Cordero made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth by giving up two hits with one out before getting a Jason Smith game ending double play to claim victory, and earn "Coco" his third save.

Houston's Roy Oswalt (no decision) continued to be dominate against the Reds (23-1 in his career) pitching six scoreless with five hits, and retired the last 10 out of 11 batters he faced before being taken out.

The Reds record stands at 5-4, and one and a half games out in the Central.

Up next, the Reds ace Aaron Harang (1-1) takes on Houston's Wandy Rodriquez (0-1) at 7:05 ET at Minute Maid Park.


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