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Astros prevail in pitchers' duel
Williams dominates Bucs
Woody Williams is a crafty veteran who can usually be counted upon to keep his team in a game, but on Sunday, he was much more than that, as he locked horns with Pittsburgh's Shane Youman and blanked the Bucs for eight innings.
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 Lidge strikes out side
 Scott's run-scoring single
Astros 1, Pirates 0
Woody Williams was dominant on Sunday in besting Shane Youman and the Pirates. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Series at a glance:
Youman strong, bats falter
If you were to look up "hard-luck" in the dictionary after Sunday's Pirates-Astros battle, you just might find Shane Youman's picture. The Houston starter deserved better than he got, given that he held the Astros to a single run on just four hits over eight innings.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: July 22, 2007
Houston (42-56)
Won 1
Houston 1, Pittsburgh 0   PIT
Pittsburgh (41-56)
Lost 1
July 22, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 4 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 6 0
Standings thru 7/22/07  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Pirates Stats
Burke, RF-CF3000101.226
Pence, CF2010000.330
  Scott, RF2011012.232
Loretta, 2B3000102.305
Lee, LF4000001.292
Ensberg, 3B4000010.228
Lamb, 1B3000010.301
Bruntlett, SS3000000.298
Ausmus, C3120000.249
Williams, P2000011.100
  Lidge, P0000000.000

TB: Pence; Scott; Ausmus 2.
RBI: Scott (41).
2-out RBI: Scott.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scott.
S: Williams.
GIDP: Loretta.
Team LOB: 4.

DP: (Lamb-Bruntlett).

McLouth, CF4000010.225
Kata, 3B4020010.216
Sanchez, 2B4000012.295
LaRoche, 1B4010002.246
  1-Davis, PR0000000.267
Nady, RF4010011.280
Bay, LF3010001.246
Doumit, C3000012.293
Izturis, SS3010000.247
Youman, P2000012.143
  a-Phelps, PH1000000.263
  Capps, P00000001.000

a-Flied out for Youman in the 8th.
1-Ran for LaRoche in the 9th.

2B: Kata (5, Williams).
TB: Kata 3; LaRoche; Nady; Bay; Izturis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LaRoche; Youman; Nady.
GIDP: LaRoche.
Team LOB: 5.

DP: (Kata-Sanchez-LaRoche).

Williams (W, 5-11)8.05000305.03
Lidge (S, 3)1.01000302.04
Youman (L, 2-2)8.04112303.24
Capps 1.00000102.24

WP: Lidge.
Pitches-strikes: Williams 92-62, Lidge 17-12, Youman 105-68, Capps 11-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Williams 10-11, Lidge 0-0, Youman 8-13, Capps 1-1.
Batters faced: Williams 28, Lidge 4, Youman 29, Capps 3.
Umpires: HP: Ed Hickox. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:11.
Att: 22,404.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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