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Washington at Houston

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Washington (56-69) «0150100007140
Houston (56-69)000000000070

Nationals 7, Astros 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Tim Redding and Wily Mo Pena are hoping they've finally found a home.

Redding threw seven shutout innings against his former team, Pena homered for the second straight game and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros 7-0 Monday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Redding (3-3) played for Houston for four seasons before he was traded to San Diego in 2005. He avenged a July 17 loss to the Astros in Washington, his only other action against his former team.

Redding said he has no ill feelings for his former team.

"It was a mutual break," Redding said. "I felt I needed to leave there to try to get my career going the way I thought it was supposed to get going. Do I wish I could have stayed? Sure I wish I could have done well and stayed. But the business of this game is to move on."

There's no better example of that than Pena, acquired from Boston on Friday with cash for a player to be named. Pena hit a career-high 26 homers with Cincinnati in 2004 and was dealt to the Red Sox last year.

"You see both ends of the spectrum tonight," Redding said. "He goes off and has been hitting the cover off the ball. He got me going against my old organization. Sometimes it just takes a couple of times to stick somewhere."

Dmitri Young hit a three-run homer for the Nationals, which began their season-high 10-game road trip with a victory. Austin Kearns, Ronnie Belliard and Pena each had three hits.

Washington had scored more than four runs just once in its previous 11 games.

Redding gave up six hits, struck out two and walked three. He has won his last two starts, allowing just two runs and nine hits in 13 innings while lowering his ERA to 2.53.

"(Redding) came to spring training trying to impress everybody to make sure one of those starting spots was his," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "Every outing was like a tryout for him. He finally realized he can't control whatever we are going to do."

Jason Jennings (2-9) gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings for Houston, stretching his winless streak to six games. He has just one win in 12 starts since June 19.

Pena hit a two-out solo homer in the second inning, his second in three games with Washington.

"One swing of the bat," Young said. "He has that kind of power. Now he's getting the opportunity to play."

Jennings got into two-out trouble again in the third, walking Ryan Zimmerman to put runners on first and second. Young sliced a 1-2 slider -- "a doggone good one," Young said - down the right-field line for his 12th of the season.

"It would have hit the ground if he wouldn't have hit it," Jennings said. "I don't know what else I could do. I guess I could bounce it in the grass. He's 10-for-15 lifetime against me, so maybe I should try bouncing it in the grass."

Ryan Church also doubled in a run in the third and Pena added a run-scoring single to make it 6-0. Brian Schneider tacked on a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

"These last couple starts I feel like I have thrown the ball better than I have the last month or two," Jennings said. "Just no results to show for it."

Redding was far from perfect, allowing the first two runners to reach in the fourth and fifth innings. But he struck out two straight to help himself in the fourth, and induced Mark Loretta's inning-ending double play in the fifth.

Acta was impressed with the outing, especially knowing Redding struggled with the command on his fastball.

"It's experience," Acta said. "He's been here before. He's not a kid. Obviously he's been in situations before when he was with Houston, he had to battle when he didn't have his best stuff. What a way to battle. Seven scoreless innings. I'll take that every time."

Notes

Astros manager Phil Garner said CF Hunter Pence (right wrist sprain) could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as Tuesday. Pence has been out since July 23. He is rehabbing at Triple-A Round Rock. ... Astros LF Carlos Lee was in the starting lineup after pinch-hitting in Sunday's game in San Diego. Lee had left Saturday's contest with a strained right hip flexor. He went 1-for-4 against the Nationals. ... RHP Jesus Colome, activated from the disabled list Saturday after missing 48 games with a soft tissue infection in his right leg, pitched two innings against the Astros. ... The Astros went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

T. Redding
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
Washington

A. Kearns
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS5110020 .243
Ronnie Belliard, 2B4030101 .283
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4100124 .268
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Dmitri Young, 1B4223002 .332
   a- Robert Fick, PH-1B1000001 .204
Austin Kearns, RF4130110 .257
Ryan Church, CF4121022 .264
    Nook Logan, CF1000001 .271
Wily Mo Pena, LF4132102 .234
Brian Schneider, C4001015 .229
Tim Redding, P4000034 .105
    Tony Batista, 3B1000002 .271
Totals407147411  
a-grounded out for Young in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ronnie Belliard (24, J. Jennings), Austin Kearns 2 (28, Gutierrez, Miller), Ryan Church (36, J. Jennings)
HR - Dmitri Young (12, J. Jennings), Wily Mo Pena (7, J. Jennings)
SF - Brian Schneider (5)
RBI - Dmitri Young 3 (67), Ryan Church (49), Wily Mo Pena 2 (20), Brian Schneider (41)
2-OUT RBI - Dmitri Young 3 (29), Ryan Church (24), Wily Mo Pena 2 (6)
SB - Felipe Lopez (19, 2nd base off J. Jennings/Munson)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Young, Zimmerman-Belliard-Young, F. Lopez-Young
Washington Nationals
Tim Redding (W,3-3) 7600320 2.53
Jesus Colome 2100100 2.64
WP - Tim Redding (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Redding 116-70, Jesus Colome 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Redding 8-8, Jesus Colome 1-5
Batters Faced - Tim Redding 27, Jesus Colome 8
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4010002 .250
Mark Loretta, SS3000102 .281
Lance Berkman, 1B3030100 .273
Carlos Lee, LF4010004 .300
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
Luke Scott, RF3000114 .254
Ty Wigginton, 3B-LF4000013 .275
Jason Lane, CF3000102 .177
Eric Munson, C4010001 .262
Jason Jennings, P1000000 .077
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1010000 .236
    Brian Moehler, P0000000 .250
   b- Eric Bruntlett, PH1000000 .252
    Dave Borkowski, P0000000 .000
    Mike Lamb, 3B0000000 .291
Totals3107042  
a-singled for Gutierrez in the 5th
b-flied out for Moehler in the 7th
Houston Astros
Jason Jennings (L,2-9) 4766262 6.45
Juan Gutierrez 1211120 4.50
Brian Moehler 2300010 4.95
Dave Borkowski 1000110 5.24
Trever Miller 1200010 4.95
IBB - Pena by Juan Gutierrez
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 83-48, Juan Gutierrez 24-13, Brian Moehler 24-16, Dave Borkowski 25-18, Trever Miller 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 1-5, Brian Moehler 2-3, Dave Borkowski 2-0, Trever Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 21, Juan Gutierrez 6, Brian Moehler 9, Dave Borkowski 4, Trever Miller 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30374
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Mike DiMuro