03/11/09 3:52 PM ET
Late power surge not enough for Astros
Sutton clubs two-run homer in eighth; Fulchino struggles
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
at Sarasota, Fla.
Wednesday, March 11
Reds at the plate: Brandon Phillips was 1-for-2 with a first-inning RBI double and has now hit safely in 10 spring games he's played. ... Juan Francisco hit an RBI single in the first that scored Phillips. ... outfield candidate Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 and is batting .474 this spring. ... Adam Rosales hustled for a two-run double in the fifth.
Astros at the plate: Brian Bogusevic had two hits. ... Lance Berkman was 1-for-3 with a first-inning double. ... Hunter Pence was 1-for-3 with a sixth-inning single. ... Geoff Blum was 1-for-3. Jason Smith tripled in the eighth and scored on a two-run homer by Drew Sutton.Reds on the mound: Reds starter Aaron Harang gave up three hits over four scoreless innings with no walks and four strikeouts. ... fifth-starter candidate Homer Bailey worked two scoreless innings of relief with three hits, a strikeout and a hit batter. ... Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect seventh inning with two strikeouts. ... Jared Burton gave up a two-run homer in the eighth. Astros on the mound: Starter Jeff Fulchino was hit around and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over two innings. ... Gilbert De La Vera pitched two scoreless innings with one walk. ... Fernando Nieve gave up two runs, one earned, with one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Grapefruit League records: Reds 8-5; Astros 1-11-1 Up next: Mike Hampton will start for the Astros in their 6:05 p.m. CT game vs. the Nationals on Friday. Lefty Scott Olsen is Washington's scheduled starter. Shortstop Miguel Tejada will probably be back from the World Baseball Classic in time for the game.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.