National League Game Summary - Houston at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, September 18th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Houston 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jon Jay drove in two and Kyle Lohse pitched
seven scoreless innings as the St. Louis Cardinals took a 4-1 win over the
Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game set.
Daniel Descalso drove in a run and scored for the Cardinals, who have won
their past two games to move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers for the final
wild card spot in the National League. Los Angeles' game in Washington, DC was
rained out on Tuesday.
Lohse (15-3) bounced back from his first loss in three months with a four-hit,
two-walk outing. He struck out five, drove in a run and scored once in the
"You can't take any days off," Lohse said. "We saw last year what happens when
you play every game as hard as you can."
Brett Wallace drove in the lone run for the Astros, who took three of four
from the Phillies in their previous series. Fernando Abad (0-5) gave up three
runs on six hits with six strikeouts over five innings in his fifth straight
The Astros reached 100 losses on the season.
"None of us think about that. We just try to win every day," Houston
outfielder Justin Maxwell said of the dubious mark.
The Cardinals took the lead in the second inning when Yadier Molina doubled
with one out and came home two batters later on a Descalso single to right-
In the fifth, St. Louis added to its lead. With one out, Peter Kozma tripled
and scored when Lohse helped his cause with a double. Jay then doubled home
Lohse for a 3-0 advantage.
St. Louis made it a 4-0 game in the seventh after Jay's single to right scored
Houston had threatened in the top of the seventh as Jed Lowrie and J.D.
Martinez both singled with one out and each moved up a base on a Jason Castro
fielder's choice. Lohse, though, got Matt Dominguez to fly out to end the
In the eighth, with Mitchell Boggs on the mound, pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes
singled then Jose Altuve followed with a base hit. After Scott Moore flied
out, Wallace singled home a run. After a strikeout from Justin Maxwell, Marc
Rzepczynski took over for Boggs and got Lowrie to fly out.
Jason Motte pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up 36th save of the season.
St. Louis has won seven of the 10 games against Houston this season ... Lohse
moved to 10-8 in 19 career games against the Astros in his career ... Houston
batted just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.
09/19 01:17:31 ET