HOUSTON (Ticker) -- The way things have gone recently for the
, they have to be glad to be seeing the last of
Wilson pitched seven sharp innings and
had a two-run double as the Reds posted a 3-1 victory over the slumping Astros.
Houston had won 10 in a row against the Reds before losing two of three last weekend in Cincinnati. In their final series against the Reds this year, the Astros have done little against
Wilson (8-10) allowed one run and five hits to defeat Houston for the second time in six days. He struck out three and walked one, winning consecutive decisions for the first time since a three-game streak from June 4-19.
After getting just three runs and stranding 11 in Friday's series opener, the Astros did even worse against Wilson. They did not get a runner past second base until
doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on
' base hit.
"Wilson just kept coming at us and throwing strikes and we couldn't do anything," said Astros first baseman
, who was 0-for-4. "The personnel is there. We have to find a way to get better."
The two outings in the last six days are a big improvement for Wilson over his two outings last month against Houston. In those starts, he was ripped for 13 runs and 13 hits in six innings.
"It's nice considering the last time I pitched here, I didn't get an out," Wilson said. "I got crushed. When I got the first out (tonight, I did better than the last time."
"Wilson was solid again," Reds interim manager Dave Miley added. "It has nothing to do with me, but I don't think I've seen a bad start from the guy. We got exactly what we wanted out of him."
Wilson gave up a double to
in the second and then retired nine in a row. After consecutive singles to
and Ausmus, he got
to hit into an inning-ending double play.
But his biggest out of the night was in the seventh. After Hidalgo doubled and scored on Ausmus' base hit, Astros manager
to hit for Everett. But Vizcaino fouled out to Castro and Houston did not hit the ball out of he infield the rest of the way.
"I had a really good sinker and changeup and got ahead," Wilson said. "It seems the past month I've been getting stronger. The seventh inning, when they had a guy on second base, it was deafening. I was locked in. I didn't let the crowd get to where I couldn't control myself."
breezed through the eighth and
worked a perfect ninth to secure his fifth save in 10 chances.
Castro was Cincinnati's hitting star for the second time in three games vs. the Astros. He hit a three-run shot off
in Sunday's win and victimized Redding for a two-run double in the second inning on Saturday to put the Reds ahead, 2-0.
Redding (8-12) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings as Houston lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Things could have been worse for Redding, who walked four in the second inning.
"Redding, excluding that one inning, when he was wild, had a strong game for us," Williams said. "We just didn't hit. I just hope we get the hits tomorrow."
After Castro's two-base hit and a strikeout to Jason La Rue, Wilson walked on four pitches. Redding got the second out, but issued a walk to Rainer Olmedo before D'Angelo Jimenez flied out on a 3-0 pitch to left field.
Jimenez produced Cincinnati's final run with a single that plated
, who opened the fifth with a double.