Astros Offense Stays Hot in 9-3 Frolic Over Reds

Kaz Matsui ignites 7-run rally; Jocketty surveys carnage
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2008 10:49 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr. rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Houston Astros pitcher Chris Sampson.   (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Kazuo Matsui sparked Houston's seven-run rally with a two-run single, and the Astros coasted to their fourth straight victory Wednesday night, 9-3 over the unsettled Cincinnati Reds. Houston has won four in a row for the first time since last May, getting 36 runs out of a lineup producing top-to-bottom.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 597th career homer off Chris Sampson (1-2), the only bright moment for the struggling Reds, who changed general managers before the game. Walt Jocketty took over for Wayne Krivsky, a show of impatience by team owner Bob Castellini. Jocketty watched from an upstairs booth as the Reds lost for the ninth time in 12 games.