retired 18 straight batters and
set a franchise record with his 200th career save as the Astros matched their longest run of the season and completed a three-game sweep with a 2-1 victory.
Redding (4-4), who was 0-2 in his previous six outings, got off to a rough start as he allowed a run and two hits with a walk in the first inning. But the 25-year-old righthander did not allow another batter to reach base.
set down the side in order in the eighth inning, continuing the Astros' string of retiring 22 straight batters.
Wagner struck out
on four pitches to open the ninth before pinch hitter Jared Sanberg singled to left field. But the hard-throwing lefthander picked off pinch runner
for the second out.
"Tyner has the option to go, but this time he got picked off. Wagner is slow to the plate so if you read him right you can steal some bases,"
said. "He just didn't read him right."
Wagner then retired rookie
on a groundout for his 19th save in 20 chances as the Astros won a seventh straight game for the first time since May 2-8.
"He is to say the least a tremendous closer," Astros manager
said. "He is a stand-up guy that accepts responsibility for whatever he does and maybe that is why he is so good as a closer. He is like an everyday player. He wants to be out there when the game is on the line. That is what it takes to be an outstanding closer."
had 199 saves from 1980-90. Wagner, who made his debut with Houston in 1995, has at least 30 saves in four of the previous five seasons.
"When I first came up they wanted me to start. If it wasn't for
going on the DL that year, I might have never gotten the chance to close," Wagner said. "So thanks to Jonesey for getting me started. I tried to talk them out of it when they first tried to get me to start. They told me it would be good for me to work on my curve, but I couldn't stand that whole five day (off) thing."
(2-4) gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings as the
lost for the seventh time in eight games. Zambrano walked one and struck out three in falling to 5-1 in 10 career interleague outings.
"I am throwing a lot of strikes, but every game is different," Zambrano said. "I was trying to be aggressive today, especially with the kind of hitters they have here in Houston. I was trying to stay away from them as much as I could. I just wanted to try to match (Redding) pitch for pitch, you know? I felt very good today."
The Astros had scored 53 runs in their previous six games.
Baldelli had a one-out single in the first and stole second before
walked. Redding got
to hit a potential double-play ball to second baseman
threw wildly to first after forcing Huff. Baldelli came home on the error and Lee moved to second.
Berkman extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double to left field with one out in the second.
followed by lining a 3-2 pitch over the glove of left fielder
for a triple to tie the game.
lofted a sacrifice fly to left for the winning run.