rapped a three-run double and
added a two-run single in a team-record nine-run first inning as the
handed the reeling Reds their eighth straight defeat, 11-2.
The Astros completed their first four-game sweep of the Reds since July 2-5, 1971, outscoring them, 36-7.
"We just have to forget about this, go out there and keep working hard," said Reds right fielder
, who had an RBI single. "Hopefully, we will get out of this. It's baseball. You are going to have tough times and we have to realize that sometimes that is going to happen."
In Wednesday's 12-2 romp, Houston scored six times in the first inning against
, who was making his third consecutive start on three days' rest. The Astros were less kind to
(5-6), who was charged with eight runs and did not retire a batter.
"No, that did not bother me at all," Wilson said of pitching on three days' rest. "I just didn't make my pitches tonight when I needed to. They got the better of me. It had nothing to do with that."
started the bottom of the first by reaching on a throwing error by shortstop
. Blum sent Biggio to third with a single that extended his hitting streak to 12 games before
singled in a run.
walked to load the bases, Hidalgo cleared them with a double down the left field line that made it 4-0.
singled Hidalgo to third with a single before
' base hit extended the lead to 5-0. After Ensberg took third on a wild pitch,
chased Wilson with an RBI single.
"It just kind of snowballed on me from hitter to hitter and I was kind of up in the zone," Wilson said. "I feel like I was out there aggressive, but their guys put the bat on the ball. This has never happened before and I hope it never happens again. My team needed a better performance out of me, and I let them down."
struck out pitcher
but gave up a single to Biggio that reloaded the bases. Riedling surrendered a two-run single to Blum and issued back-to-back walks to Bagwell and Berkman as the Astros built a nine-run cushion.
"It may have been real tough on (Villone) because that was a long break between innings for him, but he went down in the tunnel and threw some to keep loose," Astros manager
said. "He settled down nicely and really pitched a good game for us."
"I threw a little bit downstairs to stay warm, just real light," Villone said. "I just wanted to stay loose so I could keep going out there and do what I am supposed to do."
Wilson gave up seven earned runs, six hits and a walk as his ERA jumped from 4.40 to 5.00.
Villone (1-0), a former Red, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings for the win.
struck out four in three hitless frames of relief for his first save of the season.
"I have just been competitive with the idea that I need to keep us in the game, and that has worked well for me," Villone said. "I try to hit the strike zone every time and just let the defense play behind me. Tonight, I just let them score a lot of runs for me."
"We've been getting contributions from everybody on this homestand and with the kind of performance we got from RV tonight, what can you say?" Biggio added. "He's showed us that kind of stuff since he got here and it was nice to finally score some runs for him. We hadn't been scoring many runs for him each time he's been out there."
Biggio added his team-record 500th career double in the fourth inning and received a standing ovation.
"That was really nice," he said. "I have been here for 16 years, and to do it at home makes it that much more special."