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DeRosa goes deep twice, Cardinals handle fading Astros

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HOUSTON -- Mark DeRosa hopes he has finally broken out the slump that has followed his wrist injury.

DeRosa hit two home runs at Minute Maid Park for the second time this season and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Astros 7-3 on Monday night, a few hours after Houston fired manager Cecil Cooper.

DeRosa hurt his left wrist on June 30 and has said he'll need surgery after the season. He hadn't homered since Aug. 7 and drove in four runs for the first time since before the injury.

"A lot's been made of my wrist and I understand that," he said. "I've also felt terrible at the plate from a fundamental side. After I hurt myself, I tried to compensate and cheat and try different things. Finally, over the last 2-3 days, I've gotten in the cage and grinded it out."

DeRosa said it's just a coincidence that he had a breakout game in Houston, where he also hit two home runs against the Astros in July.

"You have certain parks that you hit better at," DeRosa said. "I don't really think much about it."

DeRosa spoiled Dave Clark's major-league managing debut for the Astros. Clark, Cooper's third-base coach, was named Houston's interim manager for the final two weeks of the regular season, but the Astros lost their eighth straight.

"I expected to win, but it's been a pretty hectic day," Clark said. "This is bittersweet, but I enjoyed what I was doing and I look forward to the last 12 days."

DeRosa also had a two-run double for the Cardinals, who reduced their magic number for winning the NL Central to three.

Kyle Lohse (6-8) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings to earn his first victory since Aug. 10. Lohse has been coping with a nagging forearm injury and skipped his previous turn in the rotation as a result.

He was encouraged after allowing three runs and five hits in six innings.

"I didn't really have any issues with it," Lohse said of the injury. "Mentally, I was locked in a lot better. I wasn't getting frustrated by not putting the ball where I wanted to. All-around, I felt a lot better."

Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez (13-11) had given up no more than one run in 11 of his previous 14 starts, but trailed 3-0 after the first inning in this one.

Albert Pujols doubled to right-center with two outs and scored on Matt Holliday's single to left. Ryan Ludwick singled and DeRosa drove in two with a double off the right-field wall. Ludwick beat the throw home, but DeRosa was tagged out trying to stretch his hit to a triple.

Miguel Tejada hit a home run off Lohse in the bottom of the first, his 12th.

Jason LaRue and Skip Schumaker led off the second with singles and LaRue scored on Julio Lugo's fly ball to right. Brendan Ryan beat out an infield single and Schumaker scored for a 5-1 lead.

DeRosa hit a home run to left in the third off Rodriguez, who came in with a 1.58 ERA at home this season. The 30-year-old left-hander was missing with his breaking ball, the pitch that has carried him all season.

"Just a couple of mistakes," he said. "I didn't have control of my breaking ball. I missed a lot."

Lohse retired nine straight before Lance Berkman's one-out single in the fourth, but Carlos Lee grounded into a double play.

Geoff Blum doubled in the fifth and scored on Humberto Quintero's one-out single to left. Lohse struck out Houston's next two hitters to end another quick inning.

Chad Paronto relieved Rodriguez for the sixth and DeRosa led off with a home run to left.

DeRosa hit two home runs at Minute Maid Park on July 21, one off Rodriguez, in an 11-6 Houston victory. The third baseman has 10 home runs since the Cardinals acquired him from Cleveland on June 27.

Berkman homered to left-center in the sixth, his 23rd of the season and fifth in the past 10 games.

The Cardinals' bullpen gave up only one hit over the last three innings.

Notes

  • DeRosa has four multihomer games in his career.
  • Rodriguez lost for the first time in his past six starts at home.
  • Al Pedrique, the Astros' minor league field coordinator, replaced Clark as Houston's third-base coach.
  • St. Louis IF Troy Glaus did not travel with the team to Houston. Glaus pulled an oblique muscle on a swing nine days ago.
 
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Mark DeRosa (four RBI) is a big reason why the Cardinals leave the field giving high fives.  (AP)
Mark DeRosa (four RBI) is a big reason why the Cardinals leave the field giving high fives. (AP)

Players of the Game
Houston

L. Berkman
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
St. Louis

M. DeRosa
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Julio Lugo, 2B3011012 .290
   a- Colby Rasmus, PH-CF1000000 .253
Brendan Ryan, SS5011013 .289
Albert Pujols, 1B5120001 .329
Matt Holliday, LF4121010 .313
Ryan Ludwick, RF4110010 .269
Mark DeRosa, 3B4234000 .257
Jason LaRue, C4120000 .239
Skip Schumaker, CF-2B4130010 .307
Kyle Lohse, P2000013 .206
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   b- Khalil Greene, PH1000001 .205
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
Totals37715706  
a-lined out for Lugo in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Motte in the 8th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols 2 (42, Rodriguez, Gervacio), Mark DeRosa (23, Rodriguez)
HR - Mark DeRosa 2 (23, Rodriguez, Paronto)
SF - Julio Lugo (3)
SH - Kyle Lohse (5)
RBI - Julio Lugo (19), Brendan Ryan (35), Matt Holliday (104), Mark DeRosa 4 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Ryan (11), Matt Holliday (39), Mark DeRosa 3 (24)
CS - Ryan Ludwick (2, 2nd base by Gervacio/Quintero)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - DeRosa-Lugo-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Lohse (W,6-8) 6533142 4.81
Jason Motte 1100020 4.83
Kyle McClellan 2000020 2.78
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 76-50, Jason Motte 13-10, Kyle McClellan 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 8-5, Jason Motte 1-0, Kyle McClellan 2-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 23, Jason Motte 4, Kyle McClellan 6
Houston Astros
Michael Bourn, CF4000022 .289
Miguel Tejada, SS4111010 .300
Lance Berkman, 1B4121000 .272
Carlos Lee, LF4000011 .303
Geoff Blum, 3B4110000 .254
Hunter Pence, RF4000021 .287
Kazuo Matsui, 2B2000110 .251
Humberto Quintero, C3021000 .241
Wandy Rodriguez, P1000000 .117
   a- Aaron Boone, PH1000012 .000
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Sammy Gervacio, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Keppinger, PH1000001 .263
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3236318  
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 5th
b-grounded out for Gervacio in the 7th
Batting
2B - Geoff Blum (13, Lohse)
HR - Miguel Tejada (12, Lohse), Lance Berkman (23, Lohse)
RBI - Miguel Tejada (77), Lance Berkman (74), Humberto Quintero (13)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Hunter Pence 1
DP - Berkman-Tejada-Quintero
Houston Astros
Wandy Rodriguez (L,13-11) 5966051 2.97
Chad Paronto 1311011 18.90
Sammy Gervacio 1200000 2.20
Wilton Lopez 1100000 10.38
LaTroy Hawkins 1000000 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 85-57, Chad Paronto 16-13, Sammy Gervacio 11-6, Wilton Lopez 13-8, LaTroy Hawkins 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 5-4, Chad Paronto 1-1, Sammy Gervacio 1-0, Wilton Lopez 3-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 23, Chad Paronto 6, Sammy Gervacio 3, Wilton Lopez 4, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34705
Game Time - 2:19
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Rick Reed