HOUSTON (Ticker) --
earned the right to throw 133 pitches against the
Oswalt scattered five hits en route to his second shutout of the season, leading the
to a 4-0 triumph over the Expos.
Oswalt (12-8) struck out eight and walked one as he posted his fourth straight victory and first shutout since tossing a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Milwaukee on April 16.
"I have been messing with a changeup down in the bullpen," Oswalt said. "I have been wanting to work in a pitch that resembles my fastball and tonight I think I threw more than I ever have.
"I must have thrown it 25 or 30 times and it was nice because I was able to get them to pop it up and roll it over to the infield."
said that he wanted to let Oswalt pitch as long as possible to give his bullpen a much-needed rest.
After losing spot starter
after one inning on Thursday, the Houston bullpen was forced to throw eight innings after
failed to make it out of the fifth inning the night before.
"I thought it would be absolutely ideal if we could get those arms the night off and Roy was able to give us that," Garner said. "I thought Roy got better as the game wore on, and he really settled down and worked a nice ballgame."
had half of Montreal's hits and was equally impressed with Oswalt's repertoire.
"His fastball is 96 or 97 and his curveball is like 67 or 68, and he obviously had that changeup working," Schneider said. "When he is throwing all three for strikes, that is the kind of pitcher he can be."
drove in two runs apiece for the Astros, who lost shortstop
to a broken left wrist when he was hit by Expos reliever
in the fourth inning. Everett is out four to six weeks and may require season-ending surgery.
The Astros snapped a two-game losing streak with their ninth shutout of the season, but Everett's injury was the dominating topic of conversation after the game.
"He's not flashy, but he is as good as they come out there defensively as far as I'm concerned," Bagwell said. "It's tough to lose a guy like that, but Roy went out there and gave us exactly what we needed tonight. We were able to scratch a few runs across when we needed to, so we can take some positives from that."
Bagwell opened the scoring with a solo homer off Biddle in the second inning and drew a bases-loaded walk from Vargas in the third. Kent capped the scoring with a two-run single off Sun-Woo Kim in the seventh.
(3-6) exited with two outs in the third inning after getting hit on his right foot with a ball hit by
. Biddle yielded two runs and three hits.
"It's sore," Biddle said. "It's a pretty good bruise and it's swollen. It should be all right with some treatment.
"If that ball hits me square, it probably shatters my ankle. But it hit the bottom part of my ankle."