St. Louis 5, Houston 0

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 8:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 72°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Fieldin Culbreth,
Attendance - 39062

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 0 0 0 5 1
St. Louis 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 8 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Houston 48-101 32-43 16-58 L2
St. Louis 79-70 45-29 34-41 W3

Recap


Cardinals 5, Astros 0: Lance Lynn scattered three hits over 6 1/3 solid innings and David Freese and Yadier Molina belted their 20th homers of the season as host St. Louis strengthened its hold on the National League's second wild card.

Lynn (16-7) won his second consecutive start after returning from the bullpen - and did so in dominating fashion. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out five as the Cardinals won their third straight contest to move two games ahead of Los Angeles, which split a doubleheader with Washington on Wednesday.

Freese gave Lynn all the offense he would need in the second inning after drilling a 3-2 fastball from Lucas Harrell (10-10) into the second row in right-center field.

Molina tacked on a solo shot onto the grass beyond the center-field wall in the fourth inning to become the franchise-best fifth St. Louis player with at least 20 homers this season. Carlos Beltran leads the way with 29 blasts, followed by Matt Holliday (27), Allen Craig (21), Freese and Molina.

Holliday collected his second hit with an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Cardinals, who defeated the Astros for the seventh straight time.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Harrell yielded three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. ... Ted Simmons was the last Cardinals' catcher to reach the 20-homer plateau, doing so with 21 in 1980. ... St. Louis reliever Mitchell Boggs struck out the side in the eighth inning for his NL-leading 31st hold.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Houston   St. Louis
Lucas Harrell Player Lance Lynn
Loss W/L Win
5.2 IP 6.1
7 Strikeouts 5
5 Hits 3
4.76 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Houston   St. Louis
Brandon LairdPlayer Yadier Molina
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
3 TB 5
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Houston 5 0 7 .156 18 11 0 2 0 1
St. Louis 8 2 14 .258 10 10 5 2 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .538 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 .320 after a loss.