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Astros Lose To Reds In Altuve's Return

Altuve returned to the lineup after missing 35 games

June 19, 2019 - 3:04 pm

Jesse Winker singled home Nick Senzel with two-out in bottom of the ninth as the Astros lost to the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, despite Jose Altuve's return to the lineup.

Altuve, in the lineup for the first time since straining his left hamstring May 10 against the Texas Rangers, finished hitless in four at bats. He hit the ball on the ground in his first three at bats before lining out to leftfield his final time at the plate.

Gerrit Cole started on the mound for the Astros and held Cincinnati to a Yasiel Puig second inning home run in six innings of work. Houston was held off the board for the game's first five innings by Tyler Mahle, but that changed when Michael Brantley followed Alex Bregman's two-out single with his 11th home run of the season.

With Cole out of the game, Will Harris worked around a hit for a scoreless seventh inning, and Ryan Pressly did the same in the eighth, setting the stage for Roberto Osuna in the ninth. After Jose Peraza welcomed him to the game with a double, Osuna struck out Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto, but couldn't get the inning's third out. Senzel single to leftfield scored Peraza to tie the game, before Winker's hit won it. 

Osuna now has three blown saves in 20 chances this season.

The loss is the Astros fourth in a row as they fall to 48-27 on the season. The sweep in Cincinnati is the team's first on the road since 2017, spanning 40 series.

Mahle allowed just two runs over seven innings. Matt Bowman earned the win by tossing two scoreless frames. 

Brantley finished with three hits for the Astros, while Winker had three hits for the Reds.

The Astros will open a 4-game series against the New York Yankees Thursday night.