Houston (46-46) at Pittsburgh (40-53)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Tue Jul 19, 2005
  • TV: FSSW, FSPI
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Mark Redman hopes to snap a five-start winless streak when he takes the mound for the second game of a doubleheader with the visiting Houston Astros.

The 31-year-old left-hander is 0-5 with an 8.04 ERA over his last five starts. Redman allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings of a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Todd Walker homered for the Cubs and Henry Blanco, batting .158 before the game, had two doubles off Redman.

“It’s been pretty frustrating because I’ve noticed it’s become a trend lately that the bottom of the order’s been hitting me,” Redman said. “I don’t know if I’m easing up or not.”

It doesn’t help that the Pirates don’t score much for Redman. In nine of his 19 starts, they’ve put up two or fewer runs and been shut out four times.

“Mark’s run into a lot of bad luck,” teammate Matt Lawton said. “It’s definitely frustrating for the team but all we can do is go out and try to change that.”

Catcher Humberto Quintero’s three-run double in the fourth inning ended Houston’s season-long scoreless streak in Pittsburgh, helping the Astros to an 11-1 victory in Monday’s series opener.

“That’s more like it,” said Houston manager Phil Garner, whose team was held to five runs while being swept in a three-game weekend series in St. Louis.

Astros starter Brandon Backe also doubled and has four extra-base hits, six RBIs and a .294 average this year. Quintero finished with four RBIs after starting the game in a 1-for-16 slump.

The Pirates fell a season-low 12 games below .500 with their 22nd loss in 32 games. Opposing pitchers have six RBIs and two runs scored in Pittsburgh’s last six games. The Pirates have scored just nine runs during that stretch.

“I don’t know if it’s the low point of the season or not,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “We’ve played some bad games and rebounded and I suspect we will again. I’m not going to blow this out of perspective.”

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W. Rodríguez Pit vs. M. Redman Col
10-10 Record 5-15
5.53 ERA 4.90
80 K 101
53 BB 56
1.46 WHIP 1.37