CINCINNATI (AP) — Lance Berkman hit a two-run double in the 10th inning and the Houston Astros salvaged the finale of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds with a 2-0 win Sunday.
Reliever Micah Owings (3-1) walked pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan and Michael Bourn with one out. Jeff Keppinger popped out foul to third baseman Scott Rolen before Berkman — 2-for-9 in the series going into the at-bat — hit Owings' first pitch into the right-field corner.
Brandon Lyon (1-1) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth — The Reds' first runner of the game to third base — to preserve the tie. Orlando Cabrera flied out to right fielder Hunter Pence to end the threat.
Matt Lindstrom pitched the 10th for his 11th save in 12 tries for Houston, which had lost three in a row and six out of seven.
The Reds, who'd won four straight and five of six, saw their streak of consecutive games with at least one home run snapped at 18 — third-longest in franchise history. The loss was their first in five extra-inning games this season.
Houston got leadoff singles in each of the first three innings, but the Astros hit into a double play each time — twice by Berkman — to help Reds starter Mike Leake wriggle off the hook.
Berkman, who leads all opposing players with 21 home runs at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, also grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning.
Center fielder Laynce Nix threw out Pence trying to go from second to third on Tommy Manzella's fly out in the second inning.
Leake finished with six scoreless innings, allowing seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Houston starter Felipee Paulino retired the first eight batters he faced before walking Paul Janish, who promptly was caught stealing. Leake then grounded a single to left, just out of the backhand reach of Manzella at shortstop, for Cincinnati's first hit.
Paulino allowed just three runners as far as second base in a career-high eight innings. He gave up four hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
NOTES: After playing the ninth inning in center field on Saturday, Nix made his first start of the season at that position Sunday for Cincinnati. ... Leake went into the game hitting .368 (7 for 19). ... Paulino, who had one hit all last season, had two Sunday to push his season total to seven. ... Houston C Humberto Quintero was hit in the left elbow by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning and took a foul tip square off of his catcher's mask in the bottom of the inning, but he stayed in the game.