Houston 5, St. Louis 4

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, September 26, 2011 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings,
Attendance - 20017

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 12 1
Houston 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 88-72 45-36 43-36 L1
Houston 56-104 31-48 25-56 W1

Recap


Angel Sanchez pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a squeeze bunt as the Houston Astros put a dent in the playoff hopes of the visiting St. Louis Cardinals with a 5-4 win Monday.

The Cardinals squandered an opportunity to make up ground on the Atlanta Braves, who lost to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the evening. St. Louis remains one game behind Atlanta in the National League wild-card standings with two to play.

Octavio Dotel (5-4) was working his second inning of relief in the 10th and allowed a pinch-hit double to Brian Bogusevic leading off the frame. Jason Bourgeois squared to sacrifice and Dotel made an error on the play, putting runners at first and third.

Sanchez wasted no time challenging Dotel’s fielding again, squaring around on the first pitch and getting Bogusevic home.

Mark Melancon (8-4) picked up the win.

Houston held a 4-2 lead into the eighth but watched it slip away as Albert Pujols led off with a single and Matt Holliday drew a walk. Pujols and Holliday went for a double steal off Wesley Wright and came in to knot it at 4 when Lance Berkman knocked a double into left.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Houston
Jaime Garcia Player Wandy Rodriguez
No Decision W/L No Decision
4.0 IP 6.1
5 Strikeouts 2
4 Hits 8
9.00 ERA 2.84
Hitting
St. Louis   Houston
Matt Holliday Player Brian Bogusevic
2 Hits 1
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
.500 Avg 1.000

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 12 0 17 .333 20 2 3 5 2 1
Houston 9 1 15 .265 8 9 5 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Astros have a W/L % of .345 after a win and .352 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .545 after a win and .556 after a loss.
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