National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Houston|
(Wednesday, June 6th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Allen Craig's solo home run in the third inning
was the difference on Wednesday as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Houston
Astros, 4-3, in the second of a three-game set.
Craig finished 2-for-4 and added an RBI single to go with two runs scored.
Daniel Descalso ripped a solo homer and David Freese contributed an RBI double
for the defending World Series champs, who have won two of their last three
since dropping five straight.
"The guys did a great job, every one of them," remarked Cardinals manager Mike
Matheny. "I'm extremely proud of how we threw the ball and of how this offense
Adam Wainwright (5-6) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while
fanning eight to earn the win. Jason Motte came on with two down in the
eighth and finished off his 10th save of the season.
Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with an RBI single, while Brett Wallace and Brian
Bogusevic chipped in with RBI singles for the Astros, who had their two-game
winning streak halted.
Bud Norris (5-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs on seven
hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out a season-high 12 hitters.
"I don't look at that, I'm just trying to get outs," Norris said of his
strikeout total. "I have to throw more ground balls. When you get more
strikeouts, you have to throw more pitches. My job is to put zeros on the
board, not worry about strikeouts."
The Cards took the early lead with three runs in their first at-bat and did
not let it get away. Descalco followed a Rafael Furcal strikeout by banging a
fastball over the right field wall for the first run of the game. Carlos
Beltran doubled and scored on a single by Craig, who then came around to cross
home plate on a double by Freese.
Craig gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the third when he belted a fastball
from Norris deep into the seats in left for his seventh long ball of the
Houston threatened in the fifth. Jason Castro roped a one-out single for the
Astros' first hit of the game. Norris and Altuve followed with hits to load
the bases with one out, but Wainwright fought back to strike out Jed Lowrie
and Fernando Martinez to keep Houston off the board.
The Astros would capitalize on scoring chances in the sixth, plating three
runs to make it a 4-3 game. Chris Johnson laced a triple to deep center and
scored on a single by Wallace for the first run of the inning. After Justin
Maxwell fanned, Castro ripped a single to center and Bogusevic brought home
Wallace with a base hit, ending the night for Wainwright. Victor Marte came in
from the Cardinals bullpen and allowed an RBI single to Altuve before getting
Lowrie to pop out to end the inning.
Castro led off the Houston eighth with a base hit to left and pinch-hitter
Marwin Gonzalez beat out an infield single and went to second on a throwing
error by Matt Adams. On the play, Castro rounded third and broke for home, but
was thrown out at the plate by Descalso, cutting down what would have been the
Motte was summoned from the bullpen and walked Lowrie, but fanned Martinez to
keep his team in front.
J.D. Martinez began the Houston ninth with a base hit, but was erased on a
double-play groundout by Johnson. Motte then plunked Wallace, but struck out
Maxwell to finish off the win.
Entering play on Wednesday, Norris was 7-2 in his career against the
Cardinals...Houston finished 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and
stranded 13 on base...Gonzalez left the game in the eighth after he appeared
to injure his leg rounding second base.
06/07 02:08:14 ET