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Reds win fifth straight
Reds 5, Astros 4
Brandon Phillips steals second base in the fourth inning on Friday. (Al Behrman/AP)
Cincinnati is clicking on all cylinders, using timely hitting, strong pitching and aggressive baserunning to defeat Houston and claim sole possession of first place in the National League Central. Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 in the win, scoring two and driving in a pair of runs, as the Reds beat Roy Oswalt for the first time in 16 decisions.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: April 28, 2006
HOU
Houston (15-7)
Lost 1
Cincinnati 5, Houston 4   CIN
Cincinnati (16-7)
Won 5
April 28, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2   4 9 0
Cincinnati
0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 X   5 12 1
Standings thru 4/28/06  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Reds Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B4000012.307
Taveras, CF5120002.301
Berkman, 1B4112101.353
Ensberg, 3B4110101.333
Wilson, LF4121111.226
Lane, RF2000202.227
Burke, SS4021011.448
Ausmus, C3010101.352
Oswalt, P1000003.125
Gallo, P0000000.000
Qualls, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.067
Springer, P0000000.000
Totals324946314 

a-Grounded out for Qualls in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Ensberg (6, Coffey), Taveras (3, Weathers).
HR: Wilson (5, 6th inning off Claussen, 0 on, 0 out), Berkman (9, 9th inning off Weathers, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Taveras 3; Berkman 4; Ensberg 2; Wilson 5; Burke 2; Ausmus.
RBI: Burke (7), Wilson (11), Berkman 2 (26).
2-out RBI: Burke.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Oswalt 2; Biggio 2; Lane.
S: Oswalt 2.
GIDP: Berkman; Taveras.
Team LOB: 10.

 
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Freel, CF4010111.261
Lopez, SS3000221.280
Dunn, LF3110210.263
Weathers, P0000000.000
Aurilia, 3B5230004.303
Hatteberg, 1B4030002.327
Kearns, RF3001025.264
Phillips, 2B4232001.356
LaRue, C4011003.167
Claussen, P1001000.000
White, P0000000.000
a-Ross, PH1000010.467
Coffey, P0000000.000
b-McCracken, PH-LF1000000.143
Totals3351255717 

a-Struck out for White in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Coffey in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Phillips (6, Oswalt).
TB: Freel; Dunn; Aurilia 3; Hatteberg 3; Phillips 4; LaRue.
RBI: LaRue (1), Claussen (1), Kearns (18), Phillips 2 (20).
2-out RBI: Phillips 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hatteberg; Freel; Kearns; Phillips; LaRue; Aurilia.
S: Claussen.
SF: Kearns.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Phillips (2, 2nd base off Oswalt/Ausmus), Lopez 2 (9, 2nd base off Springer/Ausmus, 2nd base off Oswalt/Ausmus).
CS: Freel (4, 2nd base by Oswalt/Ausmus).

FIELDING
E: Phillips (2, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Freel (Wilson at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Lopez-Phillips-Hatteberg 2).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt (L, 4-1)6.08333402.76
Gallo 0.111101010.50
Qualls 0.23110107.11
Springer 1.00002104.05
 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Claussen (W, 2-2)5.16225216.04
White (H, 1)0.20000004.76
Coffey (H, 7)2.01001100.64
Weathers (S, 7)1.02220014.09

WP: Oswalt.
HBP: Biggio (by Claussen).
Pitches-strikes: Oswalt 111-71, Gallo 10-8, Qualls 18-13, Springer 26-14, Claussen 97-55, White 6-4, Coffey 34-20, Weathers 15-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Oswalt 7-6, Gallo 0-0, Qualls 0-1, Springer 1-1, Claussen 11-2, White 2-0, Coffey 3-2, Weathers 0-3.
Batters faced: Oswalt 28, Gallo 2, Qualls 5, Springer 5, Claussen 26, White 2, Coffey 8, Weathers 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Qualls 1-1, White 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Eric Cooper. 2B: Bill Miller. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 70 degrees, clear.
Wind: 5 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:58.
Att: 32,091.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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