MILAN (AP) -- Injury-hit AC Milan edged visiting Udinese 1-0 for just its third win in eight Serie A matches on Saturday.
Slovenia midfielder Valter Birsa scored with a long, curling shot following an exchange with Robinho in the 22nd minute at the San Siro.
Milan moved up to seventh place, 13 points behind leader Roma, which defeated Napoli 2-0 on Friday to stretch its winning start to the season to eight matches.
Udinese came close when former Italy forward Antonio Di Natale hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 63rd but still dropped one point behind Milan.
Milan meets Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Earlier, Cagliari beat 10-man Catania 2-1 in its first match at its Sant'Elia Stadium home in 1 1/2 years.