Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 4
Cincinnati 6
WP: Masset (2-0)
LP: Byrdak (0-1)
S: Cordero (13)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Smiling side of the scoreboard! The Reds are now five games over .500, and a game and a half out of first. Enjoy it, Reds fans.

–Are you surprised to hear that Joey Votto hit a two-run homer to give the Reds their winning margin? I don’t know what more I can say about this guy. He’s a stud.

–Laynce Nix was the only Red with more than one hit, and one of those was a laser-beam homer off Roy Oswalt. He just keeps ripping the ball, but it seems he can’t get into the lineup lately.

NEGATIVES
Why?

ETC.
–Welcome back, Nick Masset!

–Jonny Gomes pinch-hit for Roy Oswalt with the bases loaded, and drew a walk. Swing the bat, Gomes! If we wanted walks, we would have kept A*** D***. 😉

–A win in tomorrow’s series finale gives the Reds a 6-3 homestand, and a winning home record for the first time all season. The next 11 games are against Central Division foes, so the good play needs to continue.

–Enjoy it, Jonny Gomes: