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Astros 4, Cardinals 2

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros had just enough offense and plenty of defense to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Lamb homered in the first inning and Lance Berkman made two pinpoint throws from right field in the Astros' 4-2 victory Thursday night, their fifth win in six games.

Taylor Buchholz (6-6) pitched six solid innings for Houston and Brad Lidge got four outs to earn his 21st save and 14th in his last 15 opportunities. Shortstop Adam Everett made two nice plays in the ninth to finish off the Cardinals.

"We played a very sound, solid defensive game," Houston manager Phil Garner said.

Jim Edmonds homered for St. Louis, which lost for the 10th time in its last 11 road games. Edmonds led off the seventh against reliever Chad Qualls with a liner off the wall in right, but Berkman gunned a perfect strike to Craig Biggio for the putout at second. Earlier, Berkman threw out Scott Rolen at third as he tagged up following Edmonds' fly out.

"My philosophy is just to get it on its way and hope it lands somewhere in the vicinity of the base," Berkman said. "That worked out twice tonight."

Berkman is the lone Astro on the NL All-Star roster and he'll compete in Monday's Home Run Derby. He doesn't mind being known for his bat more than his glove.

"All I can do is keep making plays," he said. "I'm not sitting up nights thinking, 'I hope somebody thinks I can play defense."'

A fielding gaffe by Cardinals second baseman Aaron Miles, meanwhile, fueled the Astros' go-ahead rally in the fourth.

Chris Burke walked to lead off and Berkman was hit by a pitch. A run scored when Miles couldn't handle Preston Wilson's groundball. After a walk, the second run scored on a double play grounder by Morgan Ensberg.

The Cardinals' starting pitchers had an 8.30 ERA in their last 15 games and Sidney Ponson (4-4) looked like he might be in for a rough night when Lamb hit his eighth homer to right in the first. Ponson did not allow a home run in his last five starts.

But Ponson pitched well after that, lasting six innings and giving up only three more hits.

"Sid pitched well enough to win," Rolen said. "We're not putting runs on the board and it's not a good formula. It's something we've got to turn around."

Ponson seemed most disappointed with the walk to Burke that started the Astros' two-run fourth.

"It's my fault to walk the leadoff guy," he said. "Percentage-wise, they always come around to score."

Buchholz, meanwhile, wasn't as sharp as he was in his last start, when he allowed two hits in seven innings in a 7-0 win over Texas.

He beaned Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina leading off the third and Molina was replaced by Gary Bennett. Molina suffered a mild concussion and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said it was doubtful he would play on Friday.

With one out in the fourth, Albert Pujols smashed a hard single to left and Edmonds followed with his 10th homer. Berkman didn't move as he watched the towering blast sail into the upper deck, putting the Cardinals up 2-1.

Buchholz allowed three hits and struck out three and retired seven of the last eight Cardinals he faced. He's been bothered lately by soreness in his right middle finger and said it flared up again Thursday.

"I just put it out of my mind," he said. "A couple of times, it did hurt me, but I just quit thinking about it."

Ensberg and Everett led off the seventh with singles and La Russa replaced Ponson with Josh Kinney. Ponson walked four and struck out four.

Pinch-hitter John Rodriguez led off the eighth with a double off Astros reliever Dan Wheeler. David Eckstein bunted Rodriguez to third and Wheeler struck out Chris Duncan before intentionally walking Pujols. Lidge came on and Rolen lined out to end the threat.

Wilson capped the scoring with an RBI single in the eighth before Everett threw out Edmonds and Bennett in the ninth on grounders deep in the hole.

"When he's behind you," Lidge said of Everett, "pitchers feel a lot better, just knowing he's there."

Notes

The Cardinals have lost 13 of their last 16 games. ... Buchholz has won three of his last four starts after three consecutive losses. ... Edmond's 220th career homer tied him with Mark McGwire for fifth place on the Cardinals' all-time list.

 
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Houston

M. Lamb
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

J. Edmonds
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS3000001 .312
Chris Duncan, LF4000021 .269
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000 .333
Albert Pujols, 1B2110200 .315
Scott Rolen, 3B4010004 .335
Jim Edmonds, CF4122000 .269
Juan Encarnacion, RF4000010 .282
Yadier Molina, C0000000 .224
    Gary Bennett, PR-C3010000 .203
Aaron Miles, 2B3000002 .258
Sidney Ponson, P2000021 .231
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
   a- John Rodriguez, PH-LF1010000 .301
Totals30262259 
a-doubled for Kinney in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Rolen (27, Buchholz), John Rodriguez (9, Wheeler)
HR - Jim Edmonds (10, Buchholz)
SH - David Eckstein (3)
RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Jim Edmonds 2 (16)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Miles-Pujols, Miles-Eckstein-Pujols, Rolen-Miles-Pujols
E - Aaron Miles (7, Misplayed grounder), Adam Wainwright (1, Wild throw)
St. Louis Cardinals
Sidney Ponson (L,4-4) 6431441 5.24
Josh Kinney 1000000 2.25
Adam Wainwright 1211110 2.89
IBB - Berkman by Adam Wainwright
HBP - Berkman (by Sidney Ponson)
WP - Sidney Ponson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 102-60, Josh Kinney 6-4, Adam Wainwright 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 5-8, Josh Kinney 2-0, Adam Wainwright 1-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 26, Josh Kinney 2, Adam Wainwright 6
Houston Astros
Craig Biggio, 2B4010001 .282
    Willy Taveras, CF0000000 .260
Mike Lamb, 1B4221011 .335
Chris Burke, CF-2B3100111 .293
Lance Berkman, RF1100210 .316
Preston Wilson, LF3011101 .287
Eric Munson, C2000102 .234
    Brad Ausmus, C1000001 .239
Morgan Ensberg, 3B4010012 .236
Adam Everett, SS3010012 .241
Taylor Buchholz, P2000000 .037
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Palmeiro, PH1000002 .222
    Dan Wheeler, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals284625513 
a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Qualls in the 7th
Batting
HR - Mike Lamb (8, Ponson)
RBI - Mike Lamb (27), Preston Wilson (45)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lance Berkman 2
DP - Berkman-Ensberg
PB - Eric Munson (4)
Houston Astros
Taylor Buchholz (W,6-6) 6322131 5.21
Chad Qualls (H,10) 1200000 3.72
Dan Wheeler (H,13) 0.2100110 3.65
Brad Lidge (S,21) 1.1000010 5.18
IBB - Pujols by Dan Wheeler
HBP - Molina (by Taylor Buchholz)
Pitches-Strikes - Taylor Buchholz 86-50, Chad Qualls 12-9, Dan Wheeler 18-8, Brad Lidge 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Taylor Buchholz 7-7, Chad Qualls 2-0, Dan Wheeler 1-0, Brad Lidge 2-1
Batters Faced - Taylor Buchholz 22, Chad Qualls 4, Dan Wheeler 4, Brad Lidge 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41528
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna