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  Saturday, Sep. 23 1:15pm ET
Cincinnati 6, Houston 4

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Alex Ochoa and Chris Stynes hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning following a long rain delay, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Houston Astros 6-4 Saturday.

With the Astros ahead 4-3 in the middle of the eighth, the game was delayed for 1 hour, 52 minutes.

Ochoa's 12th homer tied the score against Joe Slusarski (2-7) and Stynes' homer put Cincinnati ahead, the seventh time this year the Reds hit consecutive home runs. Michael Tucker added a sacrifice fly.

John Riedling (3-0) allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, leaving after the delay. Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances.

Riedling threw a wild pitch in the eighth and Graves had one in the ninth, raising the Reds' total to an NL-record 93, one short of the major league record set by Texas in 1986. The previous NL mark of 91 was set by Houston in 1970 and matched by Philadelphia in 1989.

Jeff Bagwell was 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Houston, which took a 3-0 lead on Bagwell's RBI double in the first and solo homers by Julio Lugo and Bagwell in the third.

Sean Casey blooped an RBI double in the bottom half and scored on Chris Stynes' single, but Roger Cedeno tripled in a run in the fourth for a 4-2 lead. Pinch-hitter Benito Santiago had a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Notes: The home runs by Lugo and Bagwell extended the Astros' NL record to 242 for the season, including a club-record 111 on the road. ... Richard Hidalgo, who homered twice Friday night, was in the starting lineup but was replaced by Cedeno before batting or taking the field in the first inning. Hidalgo had a stomach problem; Cedeno went 2-for-2. ... Cincinnati RHP Scott Williamson will not return this season. Williamson broke two toes in his right foot last week. ... Ken Griffey Jr. has not started since partially tearing his left hamstring Sept. 11 but has pinch hit three times. He had an infield single Saturday. ... With a crowd of 32,660 the Reds reached 2,541,728 for the season, second only to the 1976 World Series championship year.


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