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HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt is making adjustments faster than the Cincinnati Reds.

Oswalt took the major-league lead for wins against one team without a defeat, improving to 14-0 against the Reds by leading the Houston Astros to a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Oswalt (6-6) had lost four of his last five decisions but he was masterful against the Reds. He was tied for the lead in victories against one team without a loss with Pedro Martinez of the New York Mets, who has a 13-0 record against Seattle. Randy Johnson of the New York Yankees is 12-0 against the Cubs.

Oswalt studies all of his games against the Reds to stay ahead in the guessing game.

"I watched some film on their lineup, and they had two guys who had different stances today," Oswalt said. "They were a little more off the plate. When they do that you have to change something and that opens up the outside pitches."

The Reds were again left scratching their heads.

"You've got to tip your hat to him," Ryan Freel said. "But 0-and-14 off the guy is pretty unusual. He's got a live fastball and the difference between his fastball and curve is 20 mph, and that's tough to adjust to. But we've seen him a lot and by now you'd think we would be able to make adjustments. Obviously we haven't."

Oswalt says he doesn't think about his mastery.

"You never know about things like that," Oswalt said. "Sometimes you match up well, sometimes you don't. There are some guys who are .220 hitters who hit .400 off me and there are some guys who hit well and don't get anything off me. It's just a difference in how they see the ball.

"I think I match up against them well and I guess they don't really see the ball well against me."

Or keep up with Oswalt's adjustments.

"I know him pretty good and this is the first time I've seen him throw a slider," Freel said. "I didn't know he had one. Add that to his repertoire and that makes him even better."

Lance Berkman put the Astros ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning with a homer off Ramon Ortiz (1-4). It was the second of the season for Berkman. Jason Lane had a two-run double in the seventh inning.

Brad Lidge pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities. The Astros won for the fourth time in five games and Lidge has saved each of those victories.

Oswalt retired the first 10 batters before Felipe Lopez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double with one out in the fourth. A single by Sean Casey and an RBI hit by Ken Griffey Jr. evened the game at 1-1 in the fourth.

Adam Dunn then walked to load the bases but Joe Randa hit into a double play to end the inning.

Oswalt allowed just one more hit. He pitched seven innings, allowed four hits and struck out four.

"The last two years, every time we've faced him we don't get too much going," Javier Valentin said. "Against us, he's like Cy Young."

Ortiz loaded the bases in the first inning without an out but held the Astros to one run.

Willy Taveras recorded his major league-leading 20th infield hit, Todd Self walked and Craig Biggio singled. Berkman then took a called third strike, Morgan Ensberg hit a sacrifice fly and Chris Burke flied out.

Ortiz pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out seven.

Notes

For the first time since Oct. 2, 1982, the Astros had an all-rookie starting outfield with Burke, Taveras and Self. In the 1982 game, the starters were Tim Tolman, Scott Loucks and Larry Ray. ... Ensberg led all third basemen in May with 14 extra-base hits. ... Houston's 10-19 record (.345) was the team's lowest ever for May. ... Lopez's hitting streak is a career high and the longest for the Reds this season. ... Casey has hit safely in nine consecutive games. ... Austin Kearns of the Reds is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

W. Taveras
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Houston

R. Oswalt
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 4
 
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B4010010 .314
Felipe Lopez, SS4110001 .295
Sean Casey, 1B4010001 .319
Ken Griffey Jr., CF3011111 .267
Adam Dunn, LF3000111 .235
Joe Randa, 3B3000001 .285
Austin Kearns, RF3000010 .226
Javier Valentin, C3000000 .196
Ramon Ortiz, P2000010 .000
    Kent Mercker, P0000000 .000
   a- Jacob Cruz, PH1000010 .275
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Totals30141265 
a-struck out for Mercker in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Freel (13, Oswalt), Felipe Lopez (14, Oswalt)
RBI - Ken Griffey Jr. (36)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Freel-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Ramon Ortiz (L,1-4) 6.2644271 5.23
Kent Mercker 0.1100100 2.28
David Weathers 1000000 4.60
HBP - Everett (by Ramon Ortiz)
Pitches-Strikes - Ramon Ortiz 111-68, Kent Mercker 10-6, David Weathers 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ramon Ortiz 6-6, Kent Mercker 1-0
Batters Faced - Ramon Ortiz 28, Kent Mercker 3, David Weathers 3
Houston Astros
Willy Taveras, CF4220010 .255
Todd Self, RF2000100 .211
   a- Jason Lane, PH1012000 .223
    Brad Ausmus, C0000000 .250
Craig Biggio, 2B3010110 .285
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Lance Berkman, 1B3111115 .238
Morgan Ensberg, 3B3011000 .277
Chris Burke, LF4000014 .204
Adam Everett, SS3110010 .226
Raul Chavez, C2000001 .203
   b- Orlando Palmeiro, PH-RF1000011 .310
Roy Oswalt, P2000000 .125
   c- Jose Vizcaino, PH-2B1000011 .235
Totals294743712 
a-doubled for Self in the 7th
b-struck out for Chavez in the 7th
c-struck out for Oswalt in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Lane (11, Mercker)
HR - Lance Berkman (2, Ortiz)
SF - Morgan Ensberg (2)
RBI - Jason Lane 2 (19), Lance Berkman (7), Morgan Ensberg (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Lane 2 (7)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Biggio-Everett-Berkman
Houston Astros
Roy Oswalt (W,6-6) 7411140 3.06
Dan Wheeler (H,5) 1000020 1.52
Brad Lidge (S,12) 1000100 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 86-57, Dan Wheeler 17-12, Brad Lidge 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 9-7, Dan Wheeler 1-0, Brad Lidge 1-2
Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 25, Dan Wheeler 3, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31571
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Mark Wegner