HOUSTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Tim Redding pitched six strong innings and Craig Biggio and Gregg Zaun delivered key hits as the Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep Thursday with an 8-2 victory over the Montreal Expos, who lost
for just the third time in 12 games.
Redding (1-2) allowed one run and two hits while striking out six. Montreal starter Carl Pavano was equal to the task as the game was tied at 1-1 heading to the bottom of the sixth. Pavano allowed six hits through the first five innings.
Rookie Morgan Ensberg doubled with one out and Julio Lugo walked. Orlando Merced hit for Redding and reached on an infield single to load the bases. Biggio delivered a two-run single to give Houston the lead for good and chase Pavano (2-3).
Zaun greeted Expos reliever Britt Reames with a two-run double to deep left field that scored Merced and Biggio. Lance Berkman capped the five-run rally with an RBI single for a 6-1 cushion.
T.J. Mathews pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits before leaving with an undisclosed arm injury. Ricky Stone got the final out by inducing Brian Schneider to ground out.
Biggio led off the game with his fourth homer of the year. It was his 30th career leadoff homer, matching Bobby Bonds' National League record.