Astros down Blue Jays

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

TORONTO (AP) -- Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer, Wandy Rodriguez pitched six solid innings and the Houston Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Sunday to win a series for the first time in three weeks.

Houston, which had lost 11 of 14 coming in, won its first series since taking two of three from Milwaukee between April 29 and May 1.

Rodriguez (3-3) struggled during interleague play last season, losing all three of his starts while posting a 10.93 ERA. But the left-hander, coming off eight shutout innings against Atlanta in his last start, followed that up by allowing two runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Houston has won four of the past five games Rodriguez has started.

Wilton Lopez pitched 1 1-3 innings and Mark Melancon got five outs for his third save.

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