The Astros scored four runs with two outs in the fifth and sixth innings en route to a 6-3 triumph over the slumping Reds.
Cincinnati dropped its sixth straight game, its longest losing streak since a season-high eight-game skid last June 16-24.
The game was tied, 2-2, when
drew a two-out walk against
(1-9) in the fifth inning.
followed with a double to deep left-center field to plate Bagwell and give Houston the lead for good.
One frame later, the Astros took advantage of a pair of Cincinnati defensive miscues to open up a cushion. With two outs,
reached safely on a routine grounder that shortstop
threw high, drawing first baseman
off the bag. Pinch hitter
knocked in Everett with a double to right field that bounced out of
's glove as he attempted a diving catch.
made it 5-2 with a single to right-center that drove in Merced. Biggio took second on Kearns' throw to the plate, then advanced to third on catcher
's errant throw to second.
opened up a four-run advantage with a single that plated Biggio and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Reds have committed a major league-worst 85 errors, including at least one in their last seven games.
(5-8), who had been 0-4 with a 6.05 ERA in his last five outings, allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first win in a month.
"I would have good games and one bad inning," Redding said of his losing streak. "I'd get some tough breaks and not many runs to work with and get a no-decision or a tough-luck loss. I was getting down because I thought I had to pitch perfect to get the win. The last start I wiped the slate clean and concentrated on making good pitches."
"I felt he was throwing well tonight," Astros manager
said. "He wasn't laboring at all. His stuff doesn't seem to change from start to start."
got the final four outs for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
Haynes gave up six runs - three earned - and six hits in 5 2/3 innings as he suffered his fourth consecutive loss.
"He really did a good job," Reds manager
said. "He battled, then the error at shortstop opened the door. It put three runs of pressure on him in a 6-3 loss. I thought at the start of the game he was as sharp as he's been. He's a pretty tough kid."
"It's always good to pitch well, but I definitely don't want to have nine losses," Haynes said. "All you can do is keep going out there and hope to turn it around."
exited the game with a strained right groin in the fifth inning. Houston reliever
, who struck out the side in the seventh, did not come out for the eighth after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring. Both players are day-to-day.
The Reds took a 1-0 lead on Dunn's 25th homer of the season, a 412-foot shot to right-center against Redding leading off the second inning.
The Astros countered in the bottom of the frame, when
hit a leadoff bloop single against Haynes and
followed with a home run to left field, his 17th of the season.
"It was a fastball down and in," Ensberg said. "(The Reds) are trying to figure out how to pitch me and luckily they missed. I don't try to hit home runs, but with the short porch here (in left field) you just have to pop it up and it has a chance."
Cincinnati tied the contest in the top of the fifth. D'Angelo Jimenez led off with a single - his first in a Reds uniform - moved to second on a one-out wild pitch by Redding and scored on
's two-out single to center.
Houston moved into a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the National League Central. Cincinnati slipped into a fourth-place tie with Pittsburgh, 5 1/2 games back.
"It's just one of those things everybody goes through," Reds center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. said. "It's crucial when it's in your own division. The good thing is we have two more games against those guys and we can turn it around."