also homered for the Astros, who snapped a four-game losing streak and avoided their first sweep at the hands of the Expos since losing three games at Olympic Stadium on May 19-21, 2000.
Ohka was sharp in his last outing Tuesday, yielding just six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 4-0 triumph vs. Arizona.
On Sunday, Ohka (2-3) quickly fell behind and lasted just three innings. Kent sent his 1-1 offering with two outs over the wall in left field to plate Bagwell and
and bail out
, both of whom were caught in rundowns between second and third.
"Kent's home run put us on the board early," Astros manager
said. "In games of late we've been behind early. That (was) a good sign for this game. Will we carry it over? Don't know, hope so."
"With two plays, I felt sure that would pick (Ohka) up and give him a little shot in the arm, but it didn't happen," Expos manager
said. "Not only it didn't happen, they got three out of the inning, so that was a tough setback."
It was the Astros' first homer with men on base since
hit a two-run homer on April 20 in a 5-4 loss at Milwaukee.
"I made a mistake with a slider and he hit it good," Ohka said through an interpreter.
"It's nice getting runs in the top of the first inning," Astros starter
said. "You don't have to put press on yourself to go out there and put up that first zero. As a team we've been struggling to score runs, (and) it's a little nerve-wracking trying to put up zeros all the time until we break through."
Hunter redeemed himself in the second inning with a sacrifice fly that drove in
, and Bagwell made it 5-0 one frame later by hitting his major league-leading 10th home run of the season on Ohka's first pitch of the inning.
The homer was Bagwell's 390th home run of his career, tying him with
for 38th on the all-time list.
"We're just trying to go into the game and try to have (Tatis) hit the ball to the left side of the field, at least to get the out," Lidge said. "I think
did a good job of calling where he wasn't looking, so we kept going in and it worked out."
Redding allowed three runs and six hits, striking out seven batters and walking three.
did a good job and I was just happy to come in and not blow a win for him," Lidge said. "He's throwing real well and hasn't got a lot of wins to show for it."
pitched the ninth inning to pick up his first save.
Ohka surrendered five runs and seven hits in three frames, striking out one without a walk.
"There's nothing wrong, it's just one of those days where he didn't make good pitches and they hit them," Robinson said. "He had a rough start."
Houston finished 4-9 on its longest road trip since a 28-day, 26-game trip from July 27-August 23, 1992, when the Republican National Convention was being held at the Astrodome.