HOUSTON (Ticker) -- This time, St. Louis Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
decided to go to his bullpen.
and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and
' RBI single broke a fifth-inning tie as the Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak against the
with a 3-0 victory.
One night earlier,
hit a two-out, two-run homer off starter
in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Houston a dramatic 3-2 win. La Russa said the matchup dictated his decision to leave Morris on the mound.
In this one, Williams (2-0) scattered six hits in six innings before being replaced by
"I wasn't really consistent, but I got them to swing at a few pitches out of the zone," Williams said. "Maybe they were up a bit, but I got the outs when I needed them."
However, Williams wanted to stay on the mound for more than 95 pitches.
"I think they just wanted to play it safe tonight and get some fresh guys in there," Williams said. "Hopefully, that does not turn into a pattern."
"They came in and got nine tough outs against those guys and that is exactly what we needed," La Russa said. "They all threw the ball really well tonight and Fassero made a great pitch on Berkman."
Hermanson filled in for closer
, who is recovering from surgery on his right shoulder.
"I know all of us (relievers) would like to do it," Hermanson said of the closer's role. "At first, (Steve) Kline was kind of the guy and now we have all been filling in. I love being out there in those kids of situations. We all want to take it upon ourselves to do that job every night."
Edmonds singled in the go-ahead run off
(0-1) and is 6-for-10 with six RBI against the Astros this season.
"I didn't have my strongest stuff like I did last week in St. Louis," Redding said. "I was real erratic and I couldn't locate my fastball. I felt like I was constantly playing catch-up, and giving up four walks is not something that you want to do against a lineup like that."
Williams registered another strong outing against the Astros. He improved to 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 starts.
"It's just a coincidence," Williams said. "They have a solid team with great starters and a great bench. We were fortunate to keep them from scoring and to get the win."
"He's pitched well ever since he's been pitching for them," Astros center fielder
said. "He's been really tough against us since he's been there. He changes speeds, moves the ball around real well and makes it tough on the hitters to get comfortable. He really utilizes all of his fielders."
The 36-year-old righthander also continues propel St. Louis to victory. The Cardinals improved to 22-8 in games started by Williams. He has yielded three earned runs or fewer in 25 of his last 26 regular-season starts for the club.
"Ever since he has had the red bird on his chest, he has pitched like that just about every time," La Russa said. "He pitched great tonight. He kept them from scoring and even got a couple of hits. He's just a complete pitcher."
St. Louis owned a 1-0 lead with the bases loaded in the sixth when
grounded into double play, plating
and doubling the advantage. Rolen drew a career-high four walks.
Renteria singled home
with two outs in the ninth to make it 3-0.