Minute Maid Park is known as a good stadium for hitters, but Millwood has been unbeatable of late, going 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his last six starts, including his first career no-hitter on April 27.
Millwood (6-1) continued his dominance against Houston, allowing just one run and six hits. He recorded his second complete game of the season and eighth of his career.
"He's a horse," Philadelphia manager
said. "When he gets in a groove, he gets it. He didn't want to come out. He's done that a couple of times when the bullpen has been decimated. That's a tough lineup in this ballpark."
The 28-year-old righthander threw 75 of 113 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out four.
"Everything was pretty good, nothing was great," Millwood said. "I relied most on my fastball. I'm going pretty good right now. When you can get runs in the top of the first inning, it makes your job a little easier."
Burrell gave Millwood all the support he needed in the first.
walked with two outs and scored when
tripped on the hill in center field trying to chase down Burrell's fly ball.
"I was so happy to see the ball I hit was in play," said Burrell, who had his first triple of the season. "I just kept going. If (Biggio) doesn't fall down, I don't get a triple.
"(Millwood) has been so good for us. It's nice to get him an early lead."
Redding (3-3) issued three consecutive walks to force in Burrell before escaping the jam. He allowed just three runs in six innings, but his early mistakes cost him.
"I threw Burrell a fastball that was up. After that it seemed like I just got scared to throw a strike," Redding said. "I couldn't convince myself to throw it over the plate the rest of that inning. It was just a mental error."
"Redding kept us in the game and so did our relievers," Astros manager
said. "But you've got to tip your hat to Millwood. We didn't get a whole lot of opportunities against him.
The Phillies took a 3-1 lead on an RBI single by
in the fourth inning.
Biggio opened the first inning with a double and went to third on
's infield single with one out.
followed with an infield hit to plate Biggio, but the Astros did not get another runner past second base.
Millwood gave up a leadoff single to
in the second inning and a one-out hit to Bagwell in the third. But he retired 15 of the next 16 batters, issuing a walk to Biggio in the fifth.
Biggio doubled with one out in the eighth, but Millwood retired the final five batters. He got Kent,
in the ninth as closer
warmed in the bullpen.