HOUSTON (Ticker) --
reclaim not only the Silver Boot, but first place in the National League Central Division.
Hidalgo had two hits and scored a run as the Astros posted a 2-0 triumph over
Hidalgo, batting cleanup for just the second time this season, got the Astros' first hit of the game - a single in the fifth off Astros starter
"I didn't think about that," Hidalgo said about ending the no-hitter. "I just put a good swing on the ball. Batting cleanup shows (Astros manager
) has confidence in me. We needed it today."
The Astros scored again later that inning when Berkman came home on an error by third baseman
Though two games still remain in the Lone Star series, Houston improved to 4-1 against their intrastate rival and captured the Silver Boot for the second straight season. The Astros, who also snapped a four-game losing streak, moved ahead of Chicago and St. Louis for the top spot in the division.
Mounce allowed two runs - one earned - four hits and struck out five. He walked just two batters and did not allow a runners into scoring position until the fourth.
"He had a great presence out there," Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "When bad things started to happen, he didn't panic. He gave us a chance to win and a chance to rest some people in the bullpen."
(6-3) and three relievers combined on the shutout, Houston's first since its no-hitter against the
New York Yankees
on June 11. Robertson allowed five hits, walked two and struck out three.
The Rangers threatened in the seventh inning when
led off with a walk and took second on a single by
. Lidge relieved Robertson, but loaded the bases by giving up a single to
"I went fastball away and got him to roll it over into a double play," said Lidge, who has been tagged for eight runs in his past two appearances. "I wanted to get back on the mound as soon as possible. I was really upset with my performance. I was more aggresive today. I love to be able to continue to set it up for (Dotel and Wagner)."
"We had one good chance," Texas shortstop
said. "We just couldn't come up with the big hit with the bases loaded and no outs. We had a chance to do something."
The Rangers have dropped eight of their last 10 games to Houston and fell to 6-11 all-time against their intrastate rivals.