St. Louis 4, Houston 1

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 64°
Umpires - Home Plate - Fieldin Culbreth, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Dan Bellino,
Attendance - 35422

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 48-100 32-43 16-57 L1
St. Louis 78-70 44-29 34-41 W2

Recap


Cardinals 4, Astros 1: Kyle Lohse tossed seven shutout innings and added an RBI double in the fifth as St. Louis extended its lead in the race for the National League's second wild card while handing visiting Houston its second consecutive 100-loss season.

Jon Jay followed Lohse's RBI double with one of his own and added a two-out run-scoring single in the seventh inning. Daniel Descalso had an RBI single as the Cardinals won for only the fourth time in 12 contests to move 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles, which was rained out against Washington earlier on Tuesday.

After having an eight-game winning streak snapped in his last outing, Lohse (15-3) was simply masterful against the Astros. The right-hander scattered four hits and struck out five en route to his fifth scoreless outing of the season.

Staked to a 1-0 advantage against Fernando Abad (0-5), Lohse followed Pete Kozma's one-out triple by chopping the ball over the drawn-in infield and down the left-field line. Lohse didn't have long to wait on second base as Jay followed with an RBI double to left-center field give St. Louis a 3-0 advantage.

Brett Wallace had an RBI single against Mitchell Boggs in the eighth inning before Jason Motte retired the side in order in the ninth for his 36th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cardinals 1B Allen Craig saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end after going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. ... Jay has enjoyed an 11-game hitting streak at Busch Stadium, going 25-for-51 since Aug. 19. ... St. Louis recorded its sixth straight victory over Houston while the Astros failed in their bid for their first three-game winning streak since May 21-25.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   St. Louis
Fernando Abad Player Kyle Lohse
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 7.0
6 Strikeouts 5
6 Hits 4
5.40 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Houston   St. Louis
Jimmy Paredes Player Jon Jay
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 2
0 HR 0
1 TB 3
1.000 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 7 0 9 .212 16 7 1 2 0 1
St. Louis 9 0 14 .300 14 10 4 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .532 after a win and .521 after a loss.
  • Houston will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Astros have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .323 after a loss.