CINCINNATI, April 24 (UPI) -- Lance Berkman drove in three runs Thursday in the Houston Astros' 5-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds.
His two-run homer in the top of the first inning staked Houston to a quick 2-0 lead and his RBI double in the fifth produced the game's final run.
Berkman had three hits, while Hunter Pence had a run and two hits for the Astros, whose two-game sweep gave them a season-high five-game winning streak.
Cassel (1-0) surrendered three earned runs and seven hits in five innings and Jose Valverde earned his third save this season.
Edwin Encarnacion went 2 for 3, extending his hitting streak to 14 games for the Reds, who have lost three of their last four games.
Losing pitcher Johnny Cueto (1-2) yielded five earned runs and eight hits in seven innings.