Brett Myers had his worst outing as an Astro, and the Astros dropped their second in a row to the Reds, 10-4. Myers gave up nine hits and six runs in 5 2/3 innings, just the second time in 40 starts with the Astros that he hasn’t completed six innings.
Even with Myers rocky start, the Astros were in position to come back and win the game, trailing 6-4 after Hunter Pence’s two run single in the seventh inning. But the bullpen couldn’t keep the team within striking distance. Nelson Figueroa, who recently was kicked out of the rotation, gave up four runs in the eighth as the game got out of hand thanks in part to a solo homerun by Beaumont native Jay Bruce.
Pence went 2-4 and knocked in three runs. He’s fourth in the league now with 25 RBI’s.
Jason Bourgeois, subbing for Carlos Lee in left field, stole his 11th base of the season. That moves him into a tie with Michael Bourn for the major league lead.
Lee took batting practice before the game and tested his sore ribs catching fly balls in the outfield. He’s hoping to return this weekend when the Astros are inPittsburgh. They open a three-game series Friday at PNC Park with Wandy Rodriguez starting the opener against Pirates lefthander Paul Maholm.