Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs to help the Cincinnati Reds stay in the race for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a victory over the Houston Astros.

Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes homered for the NL Central champions and Bronson Arroyo (17-10) pitched seven solid innings in his playoff tuneup. The Reds are two games behind San Francisco in the race to finish with the league's second-best record behind Philadelphia.

Brett Myers (14-8) went 5 2-3 innings. He had lasted at least six innings in each of his previous 32 starts this season.

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