|Houston (52-53) «||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||8||0|
|St. Louis (58-50)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
ST. LOUIS -- Bud Norris' first major league start was a breeze after he got over some early jitters.
"Once I got in the dugout and watched the first half inning I settled down," Norris said. "I got out there, threw my warmup pitches and it felt like any other day."
Norris was working on a no-hitter before pitcher Adam Wainwright led off the sixth with a single to center. Norris (1-0) walked four and struck out five while subbing for Roy Oswalt, who missed his turn with lower back discomfort.
"He showed great confidence out there," Houston catcher Ivan Rodriguez said.
Wainwright (12-7) allowed two runs over seven innings for the Cardinals, who won the first two games of the weekend series. Wainwright was trying to become the majors' second 13-game winner, joining Boston's Josh Beckett.
"I was OK," he said. "I could have been better in spots but for the most part I felt pretty good."
Houston went in front when Miguel Tejada drove in Kaz Matsui with an infield hit in the fourth. Matsui led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on Hunter Pence's single.
Michael Bourn gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a two-out RBI double in the seventh.
Houston closer Jose Valverde came in to face Albert Pujols after pinch-hitter Ryan Ludwick singled with one out in the eighth. On a 3-2 pitch, Pujols struck out and Ludwick was cut down by Ivan Rodriguez while trying to steal second.
Valverde then worked the ninth for his 12th save in 16 chances as Houston ended a four-game skid.
"We needed a win in the worst way," manager Cecil Cooper said. "We needed a big game and Norris gave us one. It was an outstanding performance from the young man, especially being his first start."
Pujols went 5 for 27 (.190) with one RBI on St. Louis' seven-game homestand. Matt Holliday went hitless Sunday for the first time since being traded to the Cardinals on July 24th.
"He's in a funk," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said of Pujols. "He'll fix it."
Norris got his first career hit when he beat out an infield single in the third. ... Cardinals SS Brendan Ryan sat out for the third straight game after bruising his left ankle on a foul ball in the Cardinals' 5-3 loss Thursday night to the Dodgers. ... Cardinals INF Khalil Greene flied out to right as a pinch hitter in the 8th. It was his first at-bat since June 28th. Greene (social anxiety) was activated from the disabled list Saturday.
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.286|
|Kazuo Matsui, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||0||0||2||0||.292|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.307|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||3||0||2||1||0||1||0||.327|
|Geoff Blum, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.264|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ivan Rodriguez, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.251|
|Jeff Keppinger, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Bud Norris, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Wesley Wright, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Chris Sampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chris Coste, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.241|
|2B - Michael Bourn (21, Wainwright), Kazuo Matsui (10, Wainwright)|
|SH - Bud Norris (1)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (27), Miguel Tejada (63)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (13)|
|SB - Hunter Pence (10, 2nd base off Wainwright/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Rodriguez-Matsui|
|Bud Norris (W,1-0)||7||2||0||0||4||5||0||0.90|
|Wesley Wright (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||5.76|
|Jose Valverde (S,12)||1.2||0||0||0||1||1||0||2.70|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 91-55, Wesley Wright 3-2, Chris Sampson 7-5, Jose Valverde 31-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 9-7, Jose Valverde 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Bud Norris 27, Wesley Wright 1, Chris Sampson 1, Jose Valverde 5|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.294|
|a- Khalil Greene, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.198|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.252|
|b- Ryan Ludwick, PH-RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.314|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.311|
|Rick Ankiel, RF-CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.237|
|Mark DeRosa, 3B-2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.257|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Julio Lugo, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.299|
|Adam Wainwright, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.161|
|c- Joe Thurston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.227|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blake Hawksworth, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Schumaker in the 8th|
|b-singled for Rasmus in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Wainwright in the 7th|
|CS - Ryan Ludwick (1, 2nd base by Valverde/Rodriguez)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Adam Wainwright (L,12-7)||7||8||2||2||0||5||0||2.79|
|HBP - Tejada (by Jason Motte)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 98-66, Jason Motte 16-10, Blake Hawksworth 14-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-8, Blake Hawksworth 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 29, Jason Motte 4, Blake Hawksworth 3|
|Attendance - 45227|
|Game Time - 2:41|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals|