Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 11
Houston 1

WP: Arroyo (16-10)
LP: Figueroa (5-3)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Excellent outing for Bronson Arroyo, who went six innings to get his sixteenth win — a career-high, by the way. Arroyo allowed one run on four hits, striking out five while walking just one. Good stuff, and it came right when the Reds needed it most.

–Ryan Hanigan was 3-5 with a double and two RBI. Love that guy.

–Jim Edmonds was 2-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs scored. Not a bad way to celebrate his first time back in the starting lineup in almost a month.

–Jay Bruce was 2-5 with a double homer and two RBI. Yonder Alonso collected his first two major league RBI with a ninth inning single. Drew Stubbs hit his 19th homer.

–Outstanding relief work by Jordan Smith, Arthur Rhodes, and RN favorite Jared Burton.

NEGATIVES
–None. As our buddy Dave said in the game thread, “This is the best game in over 2 weeks. By a mile.”

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Eleven runs? Where has this offense been the last two weeks?

–Since the Cardinals lost earlier today, Cincinnati’s magic number is now 8. The lead in the NL Central is back to 7. People need to quit worrying.

–Arroyo has now thrown more than 200 innings in six straight seasons.

–Last season, Ryan Hanigan was criticized because he didn’t hit well in “clutch” situations. This year, Hanigan has been one of the most productive Reds in those situations. What changed in the off-season? Nothing. He’s the same player. “Clutch hitting” as a repeatable skill does not exist.

–This season, I have become a Brandon Phillips fan, really for the first time. I like the guy…but Dusty Baker really needs to sit BP on the end of the bench (“Janish-ville”) for about five days.