Astros reach 100th loss of the season

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm •  Published: September 17, 2013
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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros' night began with an error and an embarrassing play, and ended with their 100th loss.

Jay Bruce hit a grand slam and had five RBIs, Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and the Cincinnati Reds cruised to a 10-0 win over Houston on Tuesday night.

Cincinnati is 4½ games ahead of Washington for second NL wild card.

The Astros are the first major league team to lose at least 100 games in three straight seasons since Kansas City from 2004-06.

"I'm always going to concentrate on the things we need to do to improve," Houston manager Bo Porter said when asked about losing 100 games.

"I don't concern myself with what it is people are going to say. I concern myself about the men in that clubhouse and how we're going to get better every day."

The Reds got to work early, with Zack Cozart driving in two runs in a four-run first inning.

Cincinnati was up by five in the fourth before Bruce's towering slam to the Crawford Boxes in left field pushed the lead to 9-0 and chased Jordan Lyles (7-8).

Leake (14-6) allowed five hits over eight innings and struck out six with two walks.

Sean Marshall, who hadn't pitched since May 20 because of shoulder tendinitis, threw a perfect ninth to complete the shutout.

The Reds tagged Lyles for nine hits and nine runs in 3 1-3 innings.

The Astros, who have the worst record in the majors, fell to 51-100. They were 56-106 in 2011 and dropped to 55-107 last year, their final season in the National League.

With a rookie-filled team and the lowest payroll in the majors, the Astros have had plenty of lopsided games this year. But even in an already dismal year, the night they eclipsed the century mark yet again was particularly ugly.

Things went downhill quickly for the Astros. Lyles had a two-base error when he fielded a high-bouncing grounder hit by Brandon Phillips and badly overthrew first base with one out in the first.

Joey Votto singled before an RBI single by Bruce made it 1-0. Xavier Paul walked to load the bases and Todd Frazier's single pushed the lead to 2-0.

Cozart wrapped up the scoring in that inning with a two-RBI single to make it 4-0.

The bottom of the first didn't go any better for Houston. Jonathan Villar hit a leadoff single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. But it wasn't just that he was thrown out, but the way he was thrown out that was embarrassing.

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