National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Houston|
(Saturday, May 5th)
Final Score: Houston 8, St. Louis 2
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson belted his first career grand
slam and the Houston Astros pounded the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-2, in the
second portion of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Jed Lowrie crushed a two-run homer, Justin Maxwell contributed an RBI double
and starter Bud Norris helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly for the
Astros, who have won five in a row.
Norris (2-1) gave up one unearned run on three hits and four walks while
fanning four over six strong innings. Wesley Wright and Wilton Lopez combined
for a scoreless seventh, David Carpenter gave up a run in the eighth and
Fernando Abad closed it out with a perfect ninth.
"They were able to scratch that run off of us in the top of the first, but it
was nice to come back," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Anytime you get a
grand slam it's awful nice, but the way we went about it was better. To load
the bases with three walks and then he (Johnson) was able to get a ball up and
hit the grand slam."
Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday had an RBI single apiece for the defending
World Series champs, who have dropped three consecutive contests.
Jaime Garcia (2-2) gave up six runs on four hits and four walks while striking
out two over six innings.
St. Louis opened the scoring in its first at-bat. Rafael Furcal got things
started with a base hit into left-center and Jon Jay reached on an error by
Johnson to put Cardinals on second and third. After Holliday whiffed, Beltran
stroked a single into right.
Houston answered back in a big way in the home half of the inning. After
Jose Altuve struck out, Brian Bogusevic drew a walk and stole second before
J.D. Martinez and Carlos Lee walked to load the bases. Johnson then hammered a
fastball from Garcia deep down the left field line and into the seats.
The Astros added two more runs in the fourth. Johnson got the inning started
with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Maxwell ripped
a double off the wall in left. Maxwell then advanced to third on a groundout
by Jason Castro and scored on a sac fly by Norris.
Jay started the Cardinals' eighth with a single and came around to score on a
single up the middle by Holliday to make it 6-2, but the Astros got the run
back plus one in the home half of the inning.
Lee opened the fame by ripping a line drive to right that took one hop over
the fence for a ground-rule double. Lowrie then laced a screaming liner to
left off J.C. Romero. Lowrie stopped at second, but the play was reviewed and
it showed the ball hit off the railing above the wall for the home run to cap
"He's a good pitcher," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "His team was
able to give him the runs that he needed and he was confident against us."
The Cardinals have scored in the opening inning in each of their last five
games and have out-scored the opposition 22-16 in the opening inning this
season...Garcia is 0-4 in six career starts against Houston...Lowrie extended
his hitting streak to eight games...It is Houston's longest winning streak
since August 22-26, 2010.
05/05 23:31:33 ET