MLB Game Summary - St. Louis at Houston
(Wednesday, June 26th)
Final Score: Houston 4, St. Louis 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Erik Bedard pitched six solid innings to help
the Houston Astros take a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to wrap up a
Bedard (3-3) gave up three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts
to win his second straight decision.
"He did a great job out there tonight," said Houston catcher Jason Castro. "He
regrouped there after a couple of tough innings and was able to throw strikes
on a consistent basis."
Brandon Barnes, Carlos Pena, J.D. Martinez and Brett Wallace each drove
in a run for the Astros, who had dropped four of six coming into the game.
Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and Allen Craig added a solo shot for the
Cardinals, who have dropped four of their last five.
Lance Lynn (10-2), fresh off his 10th win of the season against the Cubs last
Thursday, gave up four runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings to lose for the
first time since May 7.
St. Louis went up 2-0 in the first as Matt Carpenter led off with a bunt
single and Molina followed with his sixth homer of the season, a shot to left.
In the fourth, Craig crushed a pitch over the left field wall to start the
frame and give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
Houston went through the first three innings without a hit but Jose Altuve
started the frame with a single and Castro followed suit with a single. Chris
Carter then walked and Pena followed with a base hit to give Houston its first
run of the game.
Martinez punched a grounder to third that saw a force out at second, scoring
another run. Wallace then singled to tie the game. Two batters later, Barnes
singled to center for a 4-3 lead.
"It just goes to show that one bad inning can hurt you," said St. Louis
manager Mike Matheny. "He did a really good job before and after that inning,
but they were able to get to him in that one frame there."
Matt Holliday doubled with one out in the St. Louis sixth and stole third, but
Bedard struck out David Freese and got Shane Robinson to hit into a groundout.
Josh Fields and Wesley Wright pitched the seventh, Jose Cisnero worked around
a one-out walk in the eighth, while Jose Veras allowed two men to reach base
with one out in the ninth, but set down the next two batters for his 16th save
of the season.
Houston has off on Thursday before hosting the Angels for three games starting
on Friday ... St. Louis stays on the road for a three-game set in Oakland
starting on Friday ... Craig has an eight-game hitting streak ... St. Louis
had won 11 of 12 against Houston coming into the game ... Lynn fell to 4-1 in
five starts against Houston ... St. Louis went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring
position and left seven on base.
06/27 01:35:17 ET
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