Astros’ Redding quiets Cardinals

Monday, May 31, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:03 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tim Redding allowed four hits in 71/3 shutout innings Sunday to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Lamb, Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman hit two-run home runs for Houston, who had lost five straight to the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 15th home run for St. Louis, a ninth-inning drive that gave him six home runs in his past eight games.

Redding (3-3), who struck out four and walked three, won his third straight decision and set a career high for innings in a game. After Pujols’ first-inning single, Redding retired 16 of his next 18 batters.

Brad Lidge and Brandon Backe completed a five-hitter, the first win by the home team in nine games between the clubs this season.

Matt Morris (4-5) gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings.

“The first-inning run hurt because it put us behind right away,” Morris said. “The changeup that Jeff Kent hit to drive in the run was the wrong pitch selection.”

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