Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Lance Berkman went 2-for-5 with a home run and
two RBI as St. Louis powered past Houston, 9-2, in the rubber match of its
Lance Lynn (1-1) gave up just one run on six hits and fanned three over five
full frames to earn his first Major League victory for the Cardinals, who have
five of their last six games.
Lynn went 5-3 with a 4.06 earned run average in 10 starts for Triple-A Memphis
this season before getting called up last week.
Albert Pujols went 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
Hunter Pence went 2-for-4 and Brett Wallace went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the
Astros, who have lost five of their last six.
J.A. Haap (3-8) was charged with the loss after being tagged for six runs on
six hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched.
St. Louis broke the game open in the sixth inning, plating five to jump ahead
6-1. Jon Jay led off with a single, moved to second after Pujols was walked
and scored on a Berkman single. Pujols, who moved to third on Berkman's
single, scored after Mark Hamilton grounded into a fielder's choice. Hamilton
moved to second on a Tony Cruz base hit, then to third after Colby Rasmus was
walked and scored when Tyler Greene walked with the bases loaded. Daniel
Descalso then roped a pinch-hit double to right-center, which scored Cruz and
Skip Schumaker added an RBI single in the seventh, and Houston wasted an
opportunity to get back in the game in the bottom half. Clint Barmes reached
base after being hit with a pitch and moved to second after J.R. Towles
singled. Pinch-hitter Matt Downs walked to load the bases.
After Trever Miller struck out Michael Bourn, Jeff Keppinger laced a hard-hit
ball to first, but Pujols knocked it down to record the out. Barmes scored on
the play, and the runners advanced to second and third. Pence then struck out
to end the inning.
The Cards added two more on a pair of solo blasts. Ryan Theriot drove one into
the left field stands in the eighth and Berkman sent one over the right field
fence in the ninth.
St. Louis jumped ahead early with a run in the top of the first inning.
Theriot reached on a leadoff double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by
Jon Jay and then scored on a Pujols groundout to shortstop.
Houston answered back in the bottom-half of the inning with a run of its own.
Pence singled with two outs, then advanced to second on a wild pitch before he
was knocked in by Wallace on a base hit to left field.
Theriot reached base safely for the 24th straight game...Berkman hit his 156th
career home run at Minute Maid Park...The Astros fell to 12-19 at home this
season, and have yet to win a a series at home...Pence extended his hitting
streak to a Major League-best 20 games. He had a 15-game streak earlier this
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