Josh "JR" ReeseBy Joshua Reese

CBS Houston – The Houston Astros Sunday (Father’s day) sent lots of sons and fathers home happy, beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 to pull within two games of .500.

“We’ve played good baseball for a while now,” A.J. Hinch said, “We’re inching our way back towards relevance.”

Starting pitcher Mike Fiers was given some early run support and he was able to breathe easy and relax through his start.

“You get a lead early, you have some room for a couple hits here and there, maybe they score a run, but just limit the damage,” Mike Fiers said of his mindset when he got the lead, “that’s what I was trying to do, just limit the damage and get those guys back up to the plate.”

The scoring kicked off in the in the second inning with two outs, Evan Gattis hit a long double off the bullpen wall that would score Danny Worth who was on first. Luis Valbuena would follow with a single to drive in Gattis putting them up 2-0.

Valbuena would contribute again in the fifth inning, taking the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall for a solo home run.

The Astros would manufacture one more run before the inning would end. George Springer reached on a fielder’s choice and end up making it to third base after stealing second base and a wild pitch.

Marwin Gonzalez who reached base on a walk after Reds starter Brandon Finnegan’s wild pitch would end up being doubled up. Jose Altuve followed smoking a line drive to centerfield but Billy Hamilton would make an amazing diving catch and easily throw out Gonzalez who was running on the pitch, but Springer would make it home before the out was recorded at first giving them a 4-0 lead.

The Astros offense was able to provide Fiers with four runs before he would have to leave in the sixth inning after getting drilled by a Jay Bruce comebacker.

Hinch after the game made it clear, Fiers was fine and the comebacker would not be something that will keep him out.

The Astros offense would tack on two more runs, one each in the seventh and eighth inning.

One of the big keys Sunday was the back half of the batting order. Valbuena and Gattis both picking up two hits and two RBI’s each, but even Carlos Gomez and newly called up Danny Worth came up with key hits.

“The more production we get out of there, the better we feel as a team offense, that we don’t have to wait for one of the big three at the top of the order to do something to get us on the board,” Hinch said of the bottom of the order.

To close out the game Chris Devenski came in for the final 3.1 innings and shut down the Reds only allowing one hit, his work out of the bullpen was good enough for his first career save.

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