St. Louis 4, Houston 3

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:05 PM
Location - Minute Maid Park
Temperature - Indoors
Umpires - Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Brian O'Nora,
Attendance - 18517

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 29-28 13-11 16-17 W1
Houston 24-32 18-13 6-19 L1

Recap


Cardinals 4, Astros 3
: Allen Craig continued his mastery of Minute Maid Park with a solo home run and an RBI single as St. Louis posted just its fourth win in 13 games.

Daniel Descalso also homered and David Freese drove in a run for the Cardinals, who improved to 3-6 on their 10-game road trip.

St. Louis wasted little time jumping on Bud Norris as Descalso hit a one-out solo shot in the first. Carlos Beltran then doubled and scored on Craig's single, and Freese followed with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead.

Craig belted a one-out solo homer in the third to increase the advantage. He finished the night 2-for-4 to raise his career average at Minute Maid Park to .385 (10-for-26) with four home runs and 11 RBIs in eight games.

Craig's blast, which provided the last baserunner for the Cardinals, proved crucial as Houston rallied for three runs in the sixth to make things interesting. Chris Johnson hit a one-out triple and scored on Brett Wallace's base hit, and pinch hitter Brian Bogusevic and Jose Altuve delivered back-to-back RBI singles later in the frame.

Adam Wainwright (5-6) allowed three runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight in improving to 11-1 lifetime against the Astros. Four relievers bridged the gap to Jason Motte, who recorded the final four outs for his 10th save in 13 chances.

Norris (5-3) yielded four runs and seven hits in six frames en route to his first loss in four home decisions this year. The right-hander, who fell to 7-3 in his career against the Cardinals, struck out a season-high 12 without a walk.

Jason Castro collected three hits and scored a run for the Astros, who have lost nine of 11.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Houston pitchers retired the final 20 batters they faced after Craig's homer in the third inning. ... Cardinals LH Jaime Garcia returned to St. Louis to have his elbow examined. Garcia pitched only two innings in Tuesday's loss after missing his previous start with elbow problems. ... Houston has reached a verbal agreement on a contract with SS Carlos Correa, who is expected to take a physical Thursday morning, sign the contract later in the day and take batting practice prior to the game against the Cardinals. Correa was selected first overall in the First-Year Player Draft on Monday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Houston
Adam Wainwright Player Bud Norris
Win W/L Loss
5.2 IP 6.0
8 Strikeouts 12
7 Hits 7
4.76 ERA 6.00
Hitting
St. Louis   Houston
Allen Craig Player Jason Castro
2 Hits 3
2 RBI 0
1 HR 0
5 TB 3
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 7 2 15 .212 3 15 4 0 0 3
Houston 12 0 14 .308 22 11 3 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Astros have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .387 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .448 after a loss.