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Cassel wins debut
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Astros 5, Reds 3
Jack Cassel held the Reds scoreless over his final three innings. (Al Behrman/AP)
First baseman Lance Berkman provided sound offense, going 3-for-3, including a two-run fence buster and RBI double, to help Houston starter Jack Cassel to his second career victory in the right-hander's season debut against the Reds.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (11-12)
Won 5
Houston 5, Cincinnati 3   CIN
Cincinnati (9-14)
Lost 2
April 24, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   5 9 0
Cincinnati
1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 8 0
Standings thru 4/24/08  |  Recap: HOU | CIN  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Reds stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pence, RF4120002.268
Erstad, CF4111011.286
Tejada, SS3100102.348
Berkman, 1B3133100.325
Blum, 3B4000013.219
Cruz, LF4000010.091
Loretta, 2B4000000.233
Towles, C4110000.224
Cassel, P2011000.500
  Byrdak, P10100001.000
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  a-Matsui, PH1000010.296
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Totals34595248 

a-Struck out for Brocail in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Towles (2, Cueto), Pence (7, Cueto), Berkman (9, Cueto).
HR: Berkman (6, 1st inning off Cueto, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Pence 3; Erstad; Berkman 7; Towles 2; Cassel; Byrdak.
RBI: Berkman 3 (20), Cassel (1), Erstad (4).
2-out RBI: Berkman 3; Cassel.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blum 2.
GIDP: Blum.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Berkman (4, 2nd base off Cueto/Bako).
CS: Pence (3, 2nd base by Cueto/Bako).

FIELDING
DP: (Blum-Loretta-Berkman).
Pickoffs: Towles (Patterson at 1st base), Byrdak (Hairston at 1st base).

 
CincinnatiABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Patterson, CF3120011.227
  b-Freel, PH-CF1000000.250
Hairston, SS4010001.467
  Cordero, P0000000.000
Griffey, RF4011011.256
Phillips, 2B4000011.250
Dunn, LF4000010.209
Encarnacion, 3B3120000.286
Hatteberg, 1B3111001.167
Bako, C3011001.321
Cueto, P1000000.000
  Mercker, P0000000.000
  a-Keppinger, PH-SS1000000.311
Totals31383046 

a-Flied out for Mercker in the 8th. b-Flied out for Patterson in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Hatteberg (2, Cassel).
TB: Patterson 2; Hairston; Griffey; Encarnacion 2; Hatteberg 2; Bako.
RBI: Griffey (15), Hatteberg (3), Bako (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patterson.
S: Cueto.
GIDP: Phillips.
Team LOB: 2.

BASERUNNING
CS: Patterson (2, 2nd base by Cassel/Towles), Hairston (1, 2nd base by Byrdak/Towles).
PO: Patterson (1st base by Towles), Hairston (1st base by Byrdak).

FIELDING
DP: (Hairston-Phillips-Hatteberg).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cassel (W, 1-0)5.07330105.40
Byrdak (H, 1)2.01000100.00
Brocail (H, 3)1.00000003.75
Valverde (S, 3)1.00000208.18
 
CincinnatiIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cueto (L, 1-2)7.08552214.05
Mercker 1.01000102.08
Cordero 1.00000101.00

Cassel pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

WP: Cassel.
Pitches-strikes: Cassel 68-43, Byrdak 21-19, Brocail 16-9, Valverde 15-9, Cueto 99-69, Mercker 9-7, Cordero 9-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Cassel 9-4, Byrdak 2-2, Brocail 1-2, Valverde 0-1, Cueto 8-10, Mercker 2-0, Cordero 1-1.
Batters faced: Cassel 20, Byrdak 6, Brocail 3, Valverde 3, Cueto 30, Mercker 3, Cordero 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Byrdak 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian O'Nora. 1B: Paul Nauert. 2B: Jerry Crawford. 3B: Tom Hallion.
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 15 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:31.
Att: 17,403.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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