PITTSBURGH (AP) -Woody Williams threw eight shutout innings, a series of excellent Houston defensive plays repeatedly frustrated the Pirates and the Astros finally took a series against Pittsburgh by winning 1-0 Sunday.
Luke Scott, who entered after star rookie center fielder Hunter Pence sprained his right wrist while batting in the fourth, drove in the only run with a two-out single in the sixth.
Shane Youman (2-2), moved up in the Pirates' rotation so the struggling John Van Benschoten could skip a start, limited the Astros to four hits over eight innings but still took the loss. Pence had the other Houston hit, a single in the first, before he clutched his right wrist in pain after popping up in the fourth. X-rays did not reveal any break in the wrist, but the Astros aren't yet certain when their leading hitter can return to the lineup.
Brad Lidge followed Williams to pitch the ninth for his third consecutive save after not converting his first four opportunities earlier this season.
Williams (5-11) had lost five consecutive road decisions and was 1-8 on the road this season. He gave up five hits and twice got out of innings with strong defensive plays.
Marlins 9, Reds 3
MIAMI (AP) - Dan Uggla broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer, and Florida routed Cincinnati for the third game in a row, outscoring the Reds 30-6 over that span.
Mike Jacobs also hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, who lost shortstop Hanley Ramirez when he partially dislocated his left shoulder on a swing in the first inning. His status was day to day.
With the score 2-all, Cody Ross walked to start the seventh against Bronson Arroyo (4-11), and Uggla hit his 19th homer. Florida added another run in the seventh before scoring four times in the eighth.
Marlins starter Rick Vanden Hurk trailed 2-0 after two batters but allowed no more runs and made it through six innings. Renyel Pinto (2-3) pitched the seventh, Justin Miller pitched a perfect eighth and Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth.
Nationals 3, Rockies 0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Austin Kearns hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and four Washington pitchers combined on a second consecutive shutout of the Rockies.
The Nationals took the lead in the eighth after D'Angelo Jimenez singled to right off Jorge Julio (0-3) with two outs and went to second on a passed ball by Yorvit Torrealba. Ryan Zimmerman was intentionally walked before Kearns hammered a 1-0 pitch into the left-field mezzanine for his sixth homer.
The Rockies, who haven't scored in 20 innings, went 0-for-26 with runners in scoring position in the series. The Nationals won three of the four games.
Kearns' homer was his first in 53 games and made a winner out of Jon Rauch (5-2), who got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth. Chad Cordero worked the ninth for his 19th save.

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