WASHINGTON -- Ronnie Belliard homered twice and drove in
five runs, Tim Redding finally got a victory after nine consecutive
no-decisions and the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros
10-0 Friday night.
Redding (7-3) allowed seven singles, walked none and struck out
six in six innings. The Astros had hits in the first five innings,
but Redding consistently wiggled out of trouble to record his first
victory since May 19.
Austin Kearns also homered and drove in three runs for the
Nationals, who had lost seven of eight.
Steven Shell worked three innings for his first career save as
Washington earned its seventh shutout of the season, and second in
three days. Houston has been blanked three times.