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Lee's grand slam highlights Astros win over Cards

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HOUSTON -- Carlos Lee couldn't remember how many runs the Houston Astros scored against the St. Louis Cardinals just minutes after Tuesday night's game.

He figures that's a good sign.

"[We] came out today and scored 10 runs. 11? 12? I don't know," he said. "Lost count. That's good."

Actually, Lee's grand slam was one of three homers that led the Astros to an 11-6 win over St. Louis.

The Astros led 5-1 before Lee's shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field in the seventh inning. It was his second grand slam of the season and his second straight day with a home run.

"I'm just having opportunities out there to come up with a good hit," said Lee, who has seven RBI in the last two games. "I've been feeling good. I started feeling real good the whole [month of] July and been hitting the balls hard everywhere. I guess it's all starting to fall."

Geoff Blum followed Lee's home run with his own to right field to push Houston's lead to 10-1.

Hunter Pence added a two-run homer and Miguel Tejada drove in three runs to help the Astros beat the NL-Central leading Cardinals for the second straight night.

Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez (10-6) allowed four hits and one run in seven innings for his 10th win of the season, his most since going 10-10 in 2005.

"When you see him have the fastball command, you know he has a chance to have a really good game," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "And when he can throw in the curveball, which I think is one of the better curveballs in the league, when he can get that over, he's almost unhittable."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was impressed.

"He is really pitching with a lot of confidence, and he has the numbers to back it up," La Russa said. "He's tough."

Mark DeRosa had solo homers in the second and eighth innings and Ryan Ludwick added a three-run shot in the Cardinals five-run eighth.

DeRosa's first homer halted Rodriguez's scoreless streak at 18 innings. It was the first home run as a Cardinal for DeRosa, who was traded from Cleveland in June.

Michael Bourn singled in the third inning before stealing his NL-best 35th base of the season. He pushed Houston's lead to 3-1 when he scored on a single by Tejada.

Chris Coste, playing in place of injured Astro Lance Berkman, drove in a run in the fourth that made it 4-1. Berkman is expected to sit out until at least Friday with a calf strain.

Kaz Matsui was hit in the knee with a pitch while batting in the fifth inning and the game was stopped for several minutes while trainers and Cooper checked him out. He finished his at-bat and remained in the game until leaving before the eighth with a right knee contusion.

Cooper said he should be OK.

Bourn singled in the fifth and advanced to third on an error by Todd Wellemeyer before scoring on a single by Tejada.

Wellemeyer (7-8) allowed seven hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"This is going to be a good step," Wellemeyer said. "This is definitely a step forward as far as how I felt. I didn't get the results I wanted, but I felt good."

Wellemeyer has struggled since going 4-2 in May.

"He made a lot of good pitches, but he made too many mistakes," La Russa said. "He didn't make enough good pitches and he didn't get away with any mistakes."

P.J. Walters pitched two-plus innings and allowed four hits and six runs including the homers to Lee and Blum.

Notes

  • Astros reliever Doug Brocail, on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, pitched a scoreless inning Monday night in a rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Round Rock. "He came through it great, so it's a big step in the right direction to get him back here as well," Astros general manager Ed Wade said.
  • Astros RHP Chris Sampson, on the DL with muscle spasms, and his wife Heather welcomed their second son, Colt, late Monday night.
 
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The welcome wagon is out for Carlos Lee as his slam gives the Astros an eight-run lead. (AP)
The welcome wagon is out for Carlos Lee as his slam gives the Astros an eight-run lead. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Houston

C. Lee
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110100 .304
Nick Stavinoha, LF3001011 .222
Albert Pujols, 1B4110001 .332
Ryan Ludwick, RF4123020 .268
Mark DeRosa, 3B4222001 .262
Colby Rasmus, CF4000011 .265
Jason LaRue, C3010000 .246
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000003 .114
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
    P.J. Walters, P1000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .000
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Thurston, PH1000000 .230
Brendan Ryan, SS3110010 .276
   b- Rick Ankiel, PH1000000 .217
Totals3468615  
a-grounded out for Motte in the 9th
b-grounded out for Ryan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (11, Rodriguez), Brendan Ryan (11, Paronto)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (16, Paronto), Mark DeRosa 2 (15, Rodriguez, Wright)
SF - Nick Stavinoha (2)
RBI - Nick Stavinoha (16), Ryan Ludwick 3 (61), Mark DeRosa 2 (52)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Dennys Reyes (2, Misplayed grounder), Brendan Ryan (5, Misplayed grounder), Todd Wellemeyer (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (L,7-8) 4.1754141 5.68
Josh Kinney 0.2000020 6.94
P.J. Walters 2465222 9.56
Dennys Reyes0000000 4.03
Jason Motte 1000000 4.58
IBB - Tejada by P.J. Walters
WP - Dennys Reyes (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 78-58, Josh Kinney 10-7, P.J. Walters 38-23, Dennys Reyes 3-1, Jason Motte 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 5-4, P.J. Walters 4-1, Dennys Reyes 1-0
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 21, Josh Kinney 2, P.J. Walters 13, Dennys Reyes 1, Jason Motte 3
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4320100 .285
Kazuo Matsui, 2B3000012 .249
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
   a- Jason Michaels, PH-LF1000003 .175
Miguel Tejada, SS3123100 .326
Carlos Lee, LF5114023 .307
    Alberto Arias, P0000000 .000
Geoff Blum, 3B3211121 .280
Hunter Pence, RF4222010 .297
Chris Coste, 1B4011010 .235
Humberto Quintero, C4100011 .230
Wandy Rodriguez, P3110001 .053
    Jeff Keppinger, 2B1010000 .264
Totals3511111138  
a-fouled out for Wright in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coste (10, Wellemeyer), Wandy Rodriguez (1, Walters)
HR - Carlos Lee (15, Walters), Geoff Blum (4, Walters), Hunter Pence (12, Wellemeyer)
SF - Miguel Tejada (5)
SH - Kazuo Matsui (7)
RBI - Miguel Tejada 3 (53), Carlos Lee 4 (57), Geoff Blum (32), Hunter Pence 2 (41), Chris Coste (9)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (19)
SB - Michael Bourn (35, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/LaRue), Miguel Tejada (3, 2nd base off Kinney/LaRue)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Humberto Quintero (3)
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (W,10-6) 7411051 2.72
Chad Paronto 0.1344101108.00
Wesley Wright 0.2111001 5.49
Alberto Arias 1000000 1.38
HBP - LaRue (by Wandy Rodriguez)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 104-71, Chad Paronto 23-14, Wesley Wright 11-7, Alberto Arias 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 6-10, Alberto Arias 2-1
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 26, Chad Paronto 5, Wesley Wright 3, Alberto Arias 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33140
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Mark Carlson