He’ll try to post his second straight win when the Astros conclude a four-game series with the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.
Redding went 3-6 with a 5.73 ERA as a starter before being sent to the bullpen earlier this month. After pitching to a 9.00 ERA in four relief outings, Redding got another shot in the rotation Saturday against Milwaukee.
The right-hander did his best to keep the spot, scattering three hits over five scoreless innings while walking three and striking out six in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.
“This should definitely boost his confidence,” Houston manager Phil Garner said of Redding. “Even though his command was not what we would have liked it to be, he didn’t give up any runs.”
Redding appreciated Garner’s trust in his ability to make a contribution as a starter.
“Phil is unbelievable about pumping people up. He told me before the game that the slate was clean and to go out there like I was 0-0 with a zero ERA,” Redding said.
“He said that he didn’t care what my numbers were before, that I should just go out there tonight and pitch like it was Game 7 of the World Series. For him to come up to me and say that was very reassuring.”
The Astros have won four of five meetings with the major league-worst Diamondbacks this season, including a 6-1 victory Wednesday night. Roger Clemens pitched seven strong innings and Jeff Kent and Jeff Bagwell homered as Houston climbed back above the .500 mark.
Luis Gonzalez’s RBI groundout provided the lone run for Arizona, which has lost 16 of its last 17 games. The Diamondbacks have also dropped 15 of their last 16 on the road. They ended a franchise-record 15-game road skid with Monday’s series-opening 4-1 win.