LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Carlos Hernandez allowed five hits in seven innings for his first road win in more than three months Saturday and Mark Loretta collected four hits as the Houston Astros cooled off the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1.
Last Sunday, Hernandez (7-5) limited Los Angeles to two runs and seven hits in six innings. But the Astros managed just seven hits in a 2-1 loss. At Dodger Stadium Saturday, the 22-year-old lefthander yielded just three singles, two doubles and three walks while striking out four.
Dave Mlicki gave up one hit over two scoreless innings against his former team to nail down Hernandez's first win away from Minute Maid Park since May 31.
Acquired from Milwaukee on Aug. 31, Loretta had his best game in an Astros' uniform, going four for five with an RBI and a run scored.
Jeff Bagwell hit a milestone home run and Gregg Zaun collected three hits and two RBI for Houston, which fell five games behind first-place St. Louis in the National League Central. The Astros are 3-3 on a seven-game road trip.
Los Angeles' Omar Daal (11-7) was touched for four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since July 7. It was his first loss in nine starts since July 15.