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Reds home run streak moves to 17 games; whip Astros 15-6

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody is getting in on the act for the Cincinnati Reds. Drew Sutton and Sam LeCure are two players who didn’t figure to see playing for the Reds anytime in 2010, were prominent stars after Friday’s game.

Drew Sutton hit his first grand slam, of the pinch-hit variety against his former teammates. It was part of a three-homer game for the Reds who have a hotter-than-hell offense.

Sam LeCure went six innings to win his big-league debut, 15-6 over one of MLB’s worst teams. the Houston Astros on Friday night at Great American Ball Park.

Drew Sutton (MiLB)

Cincinnati maintained their one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central, winning for the 22nd time in 31 games. The Reds are nine games over .500 for the first time in four years.

The Reds have homered in 17 straight games, Tied for the third-longest streak in club history.

The annually slow-starting Astros, fell to 16-32 for the first time in franchise history, the worst record in the National League.

The winning pitcher was Sam LeCure, fouth-round pick in 2005, was called up when Homer Bailey went on the disabled list this week with an inflammed pitching shoulder. The right- hander gave up 6 hits and two runs in six innings.

Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer in the first inning, extending the longest homer streak by a big league team this season. The 1956 Reds homered in 21 straight for the club record.

The Reds are still winning without Joey Votto, who missed his third straight game with a sore neck.

Reds beat Pirates 8-2 behind Johnny Cueto and Scott Rolen

compiled from staff and wire reports

Johnny Cueto upped his record to 5-1 and threw six shutout innings despite a blister on his pitching hand Thursday night, and Scott Rolen belted a three-run homer during the early innings off of Charlie Morton, major league baseball’s leader in losses at 1-9, leading to an 8-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The NL Central Division leaders have won 21 of their last 30 games, moving a 2010 season-high eight over .500 at 28-20. Cincinnati hasn’t had a record this good since 2006, also the last time they were in first place so deep into a season.

Johnny Cueto (mlb)

Cincinnati batted around in each of the first two innings for seven runs off Morton (1-9), who had his second-shortest start of the season. The first two innings lasted 59 minutes with Morton throwing 68 pitches in all.

The Reds are involved in one of the best power streaks in club history. Cincinnati has hit a home run in its last 16 games, the best mark in the majors this season. The streak is the fourth-longest in Reds history, the 1956 club homered in 21 straight for the record.

LeCure promoted from Louisville to Cincinnati

compiled from staff, wire and Cincinnati Reds reports

Staff writer Dan Hock contributed to this story

Right-handed pitcher Sam LeCure will take Homer Bailey’s spot in the rotation while he recovers from an inflammed pitching shoulder. Bailey went on the disabled list on Monday.

LeCure joined the Reds on Thursday, making the 100-mile drive up Interstate 71 North from Triple-A Louisville. He is expected to officially be promoted on Friday and start the first game of a weekend series against Houston.

Sam LeCure (MiLB)

The Reds will have to make a roster move to add LeCure.

The 26-year-old LeCure will be making his major league debut. He was 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA, with 51 strikeouts, 15 walks, 60 innings pitched with one shutout in nine starts.

White Sox win despite ejections to Guillen and Buehrle by umpire “Country” Joe West

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer off Jake Westbrook (2-3) and Mark Teahan drove in two runs as Chicago took two of three from the last-place Indians, who had a season-high five errors. The White Sox won 5-4 for only their third win against Cleveland all year long.

The White Sox survived a scary ninth inning where their closer Bobby Jenks to win a road series for the first time this season.

Jenks nearly blew a 5-1 lead, allowing Cleveland to score three runs before striking out Austin Kearns and Russell Branyan to fly out.

Tony Pena (mlb)

White Sox reliever Tony Pena (1-1) came on in the fourth inning after Randy Williams left with an apparent foot injury, worked four scoreless innings.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected along with left-hander Mark Buerhle for arguing balk calls in the early innings. Umpire “Country” Joe West, a 32-year veteran with a reputation for being confrontational. Guillen came out of the dugout to defend his pitcher and West ejected him after about a minute of protest. Buehrle got ejected for throwing up his hands and tossing his glove aside.

Arroyo beats Pittsburgh again, 4-0

compiled from staff and wire reports

Staff writer Dan Hock contributed to this story

Former Pirate Bronson Arroyo started slowly Wednesday night but quickly got his pitching together and got into the eighth inning for his fifth straight win, leading the Cincinnati Reds past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0.

Arroyo (5-2) allowed five hits, all singles, in 7 2/3 innings. He walked Aki Iwamura to start the game.

Pittsburgh is once again having a tough season. They have been shut out seven times, most in the National League. The Pirates have scored the second-fewest runs in the National League.

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

The Reds on the other hand have defied all of the experts by having a fine season so far. Cincinnati has won 8 of 12, tugging and pulling with St. Louis for first place in the National League Central Division. The Cardinals dropped their second game to San Diego last night, 2-1. The Reds lead the division with a record of 27-20 to St. Louis’ 26-21.

Arroyo started to get tired in the eighth on a warm, muggy night, leaving when his pitch count got to 113. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched out of a bases-loaded threat, striking out Garrett Jones on a 66 mph screwball to end Pittsburgh’s last chance.

Orlando Cabrera drove in two runs, and Miguel Cairo had a solo homer off Ross Ohlendorf (0-3) who constantly was in trouble during his six inning stint.

Arroyo has not lost a decision since April 23 and his record is 5-0 with and ERA of 3.00 in his past 5 starts.

The Reds had a promotion last night, “Bark in the Park’ where dog owners can bring their dogs to the park with IAMS as the sponsor. There were 650 or more dogs in attendance at Great American Ball Park.

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