HOUSTON (AP) — Jay Bruce homered and drove in two runs to back a solid performance by Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds beat the sliding Houston Astros 4-1 on Friday night.
Leake (2-5) had a season-high seven strikeouts in seven innings, yielding just one run and four hits. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Houston has dropped seven straight in its longest skid since it lost seven in a row last August.
Joey Votto hit a two-out single in the first and scored on Brandon Phillips' double off the wall in center, putting Cincinnati up 1-0. Bruce then singled in Phillips.
Votto added another run-scoring single in the third.
Houston starter J.A. Happ (4-5) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Bruce connected against Wesley Wright with two out in the ninth, hitting a drive to right for his 12th homer.
Leake retired 11 of 12 batters before Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie hit consecutive singles to start Houston's sixth inning. Carlos Lee grounded into a double play that allowed Altuve to score.
Jordan Schafer singled in the eighth, but was out at second when Altuve bounced into a force play. Lowrie walked before Lee grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Lee pulled up while running to first base with a strained left hamstring. He hobbled off the field and Chris Johnson moved from third base to first to replace him for the ninth.
Happ settled down after Votto's run-scoring single in the third, and Phillips grounded into a double play to end that inning. He allowed a single by Ryan Ludwick with one out in the fourth, but got Todd Frazier to ground into a double play.
He retired the next seven after that, with Cincinnati's next baserunner coming on a walk by Ludwick with one out in the seventh.
Lee singled in the second and Leake walked Brian Bogusevic with one out. A single by J.D. Martinez loaded the bases, but Leake escaped the jam when Chris Snyder grounded into a forceout and Happ struck out to end the inning.
NOTES: The Astros wore the rainbow jerseys the team wore from 1975-86. Former Houston pitcher J.R. Richard, who went 107-71 in a 10-year career with the team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch and was inducted into the Astros Walk of Fame before the game. ... Houston OF Travis Buck has a sore heel and was not available. Houston manager Brad Mills said he'd probably need a couple of days.