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Houston at St. Louis

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Cardinals 5, Astros 3

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ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan got up in the bullpen Friday night to throw what he thought would be a side session.

A few minutes later he was called in to save a game.

McClellan ended up getting the final two outs against the Houston Astros in relief of rookie Jason Motte, who struggled again by giving up two hits to three batters to start the ninth, and St. Louis held on for a 5-3 win.

"I was up first just to throw side because I hadn't thrown in four days," McClellan said. "I just wanted to get some work in and watch. Then I had to get right back up and get in there.

"That's life in the bullpen. We're constantly doing that, getting ready for this guy and something changes and then we're getting ready for next inning."

As a rookie last season, McClellan was credited with one save when he pitched the last three innings of a game. Friday was much different, entering a two-run game with the potential go-ahead run at the plate."

"It was definitely a different intensity," he said. "It was a good rush."

Although McClellan didn't know it, he was Plan B if Motte struggled, St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa said.

"We had McClellan behind him if we needed him. Some day, [Motte] will look at these and he will learn from them. We're not at that point yet. Certainly, when you had a couple of guys on, I thought it was time to go get him."

Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in two runs, and extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games, including the last 11 of 2008. Skip Schumaker added three hits and Chris Duncan and Yadier Molina also had RBI for the Cardinals.

Joel Pineiro (1-0) allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win.

"The way I finished off in spring training, I wanted to build off of that and start the season like that," said Pineiro, who pitched six innings of shutout ball against Florida on March 30 in his last time out. "The sinker got the groundball outs."

Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for Houston. Lance Berkman added an RBI double and Kazuo Matsui a bases-loaded walk to account for the Astros' runs.

"We had plenty of chances," said Houston manager Cecil Cooper. "We just kind of missed the big hit."

Mike Hampton (0-1), who made his first regular-season appearance as an Astro since he beat Los Angeles 9-4 on Oct. 3, 1999, gave up three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings.

"I felt good out there," Hampton said. "They battled me hard out there in every at-bat."

The Cardinals got to Hampton right away, with Schumaker hitting a leadoff infield single. Hampton then retired Khalil Greene and Albert Pujols, but Ludwick walked to keep the inning alive and Duncan hit a run-scoring single to right.

Some erratic pitching cost Hampton two more runs in the third when he hit Greene to start the inning and then walked Pujols. Greene later came home on Ludwick's RBI double to right that sent Pujols to third, and Molina hit an RBI fielder's choice back to the pitcher.

Berkman got the Astros on the board in the sixth with an RBI double, but Schumaker got that run back in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double of his own.

Notes

Friday marked the third anniversary of the opening of the new Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 141-106 at the venue. ... One visitor who likes the new Busch is Roy Oswalt, who starts Saturday for Houston. He's 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA in five career starts, his lowest ERA at any ballpark where he has made at least five starts. ... Hampton fell to 10-9 against St. Louis in his 23rd career start vs. the Cardinals.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

C. Lee
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
Kazuo Matsui, 2B4011112 .250
Hunter Pence, RF5110026 .333
Lance Berkman, 1B4011000 .286
Carlos Lee, LF4131001 .250
Miguel Tejada, SS4000002 .333
Geoff Blum, 3B3120100 .500
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
Ivan Rodriguez, C4010004 .250
Michael Bourn, CF4010001 .313
Mike Hampton, P1000000 .000
   a- Jason Smith, PH1000010 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Darin Erstad, PH0000100 .000
    Doug Brocail, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Keppinger, 3B1010000 .571
Totals35311334  
a-struck out for Hampton in the 6th
b-walked for Geary in the 7th
Batting
2B - Lance Berkman (1, Pineiro), Geoff Blum (1, Pineiro)
HR - Carlos Lee (1, Kinney)
RBI - Kazuo Matsui (2), Lance Berkman (2), Carlos Lee (1)
2-OUT RBI - Kazuo Matsui (1), Lance Berkman (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Matsui-Tejada-Berkman
Houston Astros
Mike Hampton (L,0-1) 5433450 5.40
Geoff Geary 1111100 4.50
Doug Brocail 1111301 7.71
Tim Byrdak 1000010 0.00
HBP - Greene (by Mike Hampton)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 92-0, Geoff Geary 16-0, Doug Brocail 24-0, Tim Byrdak 15-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 6-4, Geoff Geary 1-2, Doug Brocail 1-1, Tim Byrdak 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 24, Geoff Geary 5, Doug Brocail 6, Tim Byrdak 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B-LF5131010 .385
Khalil Greene, SS3100112 .200
Albert Pujols, 1B3100103 .412
Ryan Ludwick, RF3122100 .400
Chris Duncan, LF3011112 .308
    Brendan Ryan, PR-2B0000000 .167
Yadier Molina, C2001200 .250
Rick Ankiel, CF2100214 .133
David Freese, 3B4000012 .200
    Brian Barden, 3B0000000 .200
Joel Pineiro, P3000011 .000
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
   a- Colby Rasmus, PH1000000 .167
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
Totals2956586  
a-popped out for Kinney in the 8th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (1, Geary), Ryan Ludwick (1, Hampton)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (2, Brocail)
RBI - Skip Schumaker (1), Ryan Ludwick 2 (4), Chris Duncan (3), Yadier Molina (4)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (1), Chris Duncan (3)
SB - Brendan Ryan (1, 2nd base off Brocail/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Pujols, Freese-Schumaker-Pujols, Greene-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro (W,1-0) 6.2822120 2.70
Josh Kinney (H,2) 1.1111211 5.40
Jason Motte (H,1) 0.1200000 27.00
Kyle McClellan (S,1) 0.2000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 95-0, Josh Kinney 23-0, Jason Motte 13-0, Kyle McClellan 5-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 12-3, Josh Kinney 1-2, Kyle McClellan 1-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 26, Josh Kinney 7, Jason Motte 3, Kyle McClellan 2
Game Information
Attendance - 37224
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 45
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi