Houston 5, St. Louis 3

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, July 28, 2011 8:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 97°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Andy Fletcher,
Attendance - 38794

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Houston 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 9 2
St. Louis 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 35-70 17-36 18-34 W2
St. Louis 55-50 27-23 28-27 L2

Recap

The lowly Houston Astros earned a split of their four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, winning 5-3 on the strength of Carlos Lee’s homer into the visitors’ bullpen.

Lee’s solo shot capped the scoring in the sixth inning as the Astros, the worst team in baseball, dealt a blow to the Cardinals. St. Louis fell 1 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for the National League Central lead.

Wandy Rodriguez (7-7) went seven innings for the win, allowing just one earned run while striking out six.

Astros rookie Jose Altuve failed to get a hit for the first time in his brief career, ending his hitting streak at seven. He’s still batting .367 after going 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly.

Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia (10-5) was touched for four earned runs – half as many as he’d allowed at Busch Stadium all season.

St. Louis right fielder Lance Berkman, who leads the National League with 27 homers, missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury but is expected back for Friday’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs.

Two Cardinals had to leave Thursday’s games with injuries: backup catcher Gerald Laird (sprained finger) and utility infielder Nick Punto (strained oblique).

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   St. Louis
Wandy Rodriguez Player Jaime Garcia
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.0
6 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 8
1.29 ERA 6.00
Hitting
Houston   St. Louis
Michael Bourn Player Albert Pujols
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 4
.667 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 9 1 16 .273 12 7 5 3 2 2
St. Louis 5 0 8 .161 4 7 2 1 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Chi. Cubs. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .527 after a win and .520 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against Milwaukee. The Astros have a W/L % of .294 after a win and .352 after a loss.
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