HOUSTON -- Roy Oswalt threw his second straight complete-game shutout and set a Houston record for consecutive scoreless innings, helping the Astros gain ground in the playoff chase with a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
Houston pulled within three games of NL wild card-leading
Milwaukee, which lost 6-3 at Philadelphia.
Oswalt (15-9) hasn't allowed a run in 32 1-3 innings, passing
the previous record of 31 set by J.R. Richard in 1980. He needed
only 90 pitches to finish his sixth career shutout and 15th
Oswalt retired 20 in a row after Luis Rivas' one-out single in
the first inning on his way to winning for the ninth time in 10