HOUSTON -- Edinson Volquez pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and the Cincinnati Reds scored a pair of unearned runs to beat Houston 2-1 and push the Astros to the brink of elimination Tuesday night.
With the Mets' win over Chicago, Houston fell 4½ games behind New York with five games to go. A loss and a Mets win Wednesday
could eliminate the Astros from the playoffs.
Volquez (17-6) won in his fifth attempt to get his 17th victory. He had three no-decisions and a loss since winning Aug. 29 against San Francisco. He allowed one run, struck out nine and scattered six hits in the longest outing of his career. He walked one.