, tossing seven strong innings, as the Astros posted a 2-1 victory over the
, who had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Entering the contest with the best record in the major leagues since May 23 at 40-20, the Marlins were held to one run and six hits in seven innings by Redding (8-9), who won for the fourth time in five decisions.
"It had to end sometime," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "We knew it would happen. It was one of those games. ... We just didn't get the breaks tonight like we've been getting and we didn't earn them."
Redding, who walked one and struck out five, retired the final seven batters he faced before giving way to the Houston bullpen.
"I was able to blow the fastball by some people," the righthander said. "For about two or three innings, that's all I threw. ... I didn't have a lot of walks, and that's a bonus."
"His last two starts have been comparable," Houston manager
said. "He didn't try to overpower people and he was careful with his pitches. When he had to make a pitch, he did."
set down the Marlins in order in the eighth before
worked around two walks in the ninth for his 32nd save in 35 chances.
"The bullpen came through for us," Williams said. "We needed it. In a game like this, everything hangs in the balance on each pitch."
Beckett (5-5) was effective, yielding two runs and two hits in seven innings. He struck out nine without a walk but was victimized by two questionable calls by plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth.
After Redding escaped a jam in the bottom of the first inning, Beckett threw a 2-2 pitch to
that he thought was strike three. Visibly upset at Culbreth's call, the righthander served up a 3-2 offering that Kent banked off the left field foul pole for his 14th home run and a 1-0 lead.
"It was a changeup," Beckett said. "I wanted that big pitch and he did what
does - he hit it out."
In the fourth,
hit a one-out triple but Kent struck out. Culbreth called a close 0-2 pitch to
a ball, and Beckett committed a balk before the next offering to bring home Bagwell for a 2-0 cushion.
"I noticed on the pitch before that he wasn't paying attention (to me)," Bagwell said. "I went as far down the line as I could, hoping to catch him by surprise. I know it's far-fetched, but I was able to get so far off that I was thinking I could steal home. The pitcher sometimes gets nervous when he sees a runner that far down."
"I knew it was a balk, that's why I tried to get rid of it as fast as I could," Beckett admitted. "(The umpires) were on top of it. I was thinking too much. I single-handedly lost the game."
Florida halved the deficit one inning later.
stroked a one-out single and Beckett followed with a bunt single.
grounded into a forceout to put runners on the corners and
avoided Bagwell's diving tag attempt after hitting a squib down the first base line to score Gonzalez.
Redding allowed singles to Pierre and Castillo to open the first, but
bounced into a double play and
flied out to end the threat.
"He pitched a great game," McKeon said of Redding. "When he had to get the key outs, he got them. He had good stuff tonight. A guy like that stops your good hitters, and he stopped them tonight."