HOUSTON (Ticker) --
were not going to let the
record their first series sweep at Minute Maid Park.
After some aggressive baserunning by Kent, Hidalgo drove in the go-ahead run as the
salvaged the finale of their three-game series with the Reds, 6-3.
Hidalgo fell just a double short of the cycle, drove in three runs and recorded his major league-leading 20th assist for the Astros, who had not been swept by the Reds at home since June 24-27, 1999 at the Astrodome.
The game was tied, 2-2, when Kent drew a one-out walk against Cincinnati reliever
(1-3) and stole second base. Reds catcher
's throw soared into center field, and Kent just beat
Wily Mo Pena
's throw into third.
"Certainly, you're always going to try to be aggressive," Astros manager
said. "The main thing you look at is the time it takes a pitcher to unload a pitch. We're not a big base stealing team."
Hidalgo singled to left field to give Houston the lead for good and
followed with his first home run of the season to give
a 5-2 cushion.
"That's a guy who had some power in the minor leagues," interim Reds manager Dave Miley said of Lane. "We got a pitch up and away, and he hit it pretty good. That home run was huge. (But) to take two of three here in Houston against a team scrapping to get in the playoffs, you've got to feel pretty good."
"I've come a long way to get back to this point," Lane said. "It was important last year when I came up in August and played a few games against the Cardinals when we were still in the race."
Robertson (12-6) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings to tie
' team record for wins by a rookie lefthander. He is 4-0 in four starts against the Reds this season.
"(Robertson) pitched a great game," said Reds outfielder
, who went 0-for-3. "He mixed up his pitches and threw them all for strikes. He kept us off-balance. His best pitches were his sinker and his cutter. He had guys chasing some bad pitches."
"We played like we should be playing," Robertson said. "Our hitting was there. Our guys were pretty aggressive on the base paths. It seemed to come together today."
struck out two batters in the ninth for his 36th save in 39 opportunities. He has allowed just one earned run in 21 2/3 innings over his last 20 appearances for a 0.42 ERA.
Hidalgo hit a solo homer in the second inning, threw out Freel trying to reach third base on a single to right in the third, made a diving catch to end the top of the seventh and ripped a run-scoring triple in the eighth.
"That was big, because there was only one out (in the third inning)," Williams said of Hidalgo's assist. "Freel can run, too. The thing about Richard is his quickness, his arm strength and his accuracy. It's been a long time since I've seen anybody throw and play the outfield like Hidalgo."
"Just let them keep running," Hidalgo said. "I'm ready to throw the ball. I always play good defense."
Reds center fielder
appeared to jam his left shoulder as he attempted a diving catch on Hidalgo's hit in the eighth and had to leave the contest.