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St. Louis at Houston

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St. Louis (69-61)000000000031
Houston (61-71) «00030000x371

Astros 3, Cardinals 0

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HOUSTON -- The St. Louis Cardinals tried to be optimistic Tuesday night after a second straight shutout left them with an 11-15 record in August and seven games behind first-place Cincinnati in the NL Central.

"It's a good thing tomorrow starts a new month," Jon Jay said. "It's September, so hopefully we can get on a roll. We just hope that this was just one bad month. Hopefully we can all stay positive and keep looking at the big picture. Tomorrow is a fresh start."

Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and three relievers completed the three-hitter as the Astros again beat the slumping Cardinals 3-0.

Hunter Pence drove in two runs in Houston's three-run fourth inning.

The Cardinals were also shut out Monday when J.A. Happ threw a two-hitter in a 3-0 win. They have dropped four straight and seven of eight.

"The answer is, we're trying," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "The guys are working on different things, the coaches are working on different things. It's not for lack of trying or lack of adjusting. It's not lack of concentration, we're just not making it work."

Tim Byrdak replaced Rodriguez (11-12) for the eighth, but was chased when he walked his first batter. Wilton Lopez finished the inning.

Brandon Lyon gave up a double to Matt Holliday in the ninth and walked Skip Schumaker with two outs, but pinch-hitter Randy Winn struck out to end the game as Lyon earned his 10th save.

Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter (14-5) yielded six hits and three runs with two walks in seven innings.

"Right now it just seems like it's everything," Carpenter said. "Right now, we pitch well and we're not hitting. We don't pitch well, we score a bunch of runs. It just seems that it is a little bit of everything, and it seems like we just can't do anything right."

Pence's two-run triple that landed just behind Colby Rasmus in center field made it 2-0 in the fourth. Michael Bourn reached to start the inning on an error by Schumaker when he couldn't handle a hard-hit grounder to second. Angel Sanchez followed with a single to set up Pence's hit.

"With a guy like Carpenter on the mound you don't get too many opportunities to have first and second, nobody out," Pence said. "So really I was just trying to get in there and ... get Bourn to third. Fortunately I was able to find a hole."

Chris Johnson's single to right field later in the inning scored Pence and made it 3-0.

Rodriguez had some trouble in the first inning, walking Albert Pujols with two outs before he advanced to second on a wild pitch. The left-hander settled down to retire 10 of the next 11 batters.

Rodriguez walked ex-Astro Pedro Feliz with two outs in the fourth, but the Cardinals didn't get another baserunner until Yadier Molina reached on an error by Johnson at third base to start the seventh. Rodriguez struck out Feliz before Schumaker and Brendan Ryan grounded into forceouts to end the inning.

Houston's starters have a 2.16 ERA in the last 22 games and haven't allowed a run in the last 18 2/3 innings.

"It's becoming a nice habit to come in and say that our pitching did an outstanding job," manager Brad Mills said. "Wandy did well tonight. He's been throwing the ball extremely well for the last 2½, three months, mixing his pitches extremely well and getting ahead of the hitters. He was almost textbook."

Rodriguez struck out five for his 62nd career win to move past Jim Deshaies and into third place in franchise history for wins by a left-handed pitcher.

Jason Castro and Pence were both tagged out at second trying to stretch singles into doubles.

Notes

Cardinals RHP Jeff Suppan (groin) will come off the disabled list Wednesday and is scheduled to start. It will be his first appearance since July 31. ... The Cardinals expect LHP Dennys Reyes (left elbow) to come off the DL on Wednesday. ... The Astros will recall OF-INF Brian Bogusevic, INF Matt Downs and LHP Wesley Wright from Triple-A Round Rock and RHP Henry Villar from Double-A Corpus to join the team on Wednesday. They will also purchase the contract of C Brian Esposito from Round Rock. ... Houston reliever Matt Lindstrom (back strain) pitched a scoreless inning in his first rehabilitation outing for Corpus Christi. ... INF Jeff Keppinger (toe) has returned to Houston after his rehab assignment and is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

H. Pence
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Houston

W. Rodriguez
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, RF3010000 .330
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH1000000 .239
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .500
Colby Rasmus, CF4000023 .263
Albert Pujols, 1B3000103 .316
Matt Holliday, LF4010021 .301
Yadier Molina, C4000011 .260
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000112 .231
Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF3000102 .267
Brendan Ryan, SS3010001 .219
   b- Randy Winn, PH1000012 .249
Chris Carpenter, P2000011 .102
   c- Aaron Miles, PH-2B0000100 .327
Totals3103048  
a-grounded out for Jay in the 8th
b-struck out for Ryan in the 9th
c-walked for Carpenter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Holliday (37, Lyon)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jon Jay 1, Skip Schumaker 1
DP - Ryan-Pujols
E - Skip Schumaker (15, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Carpenter (L,14-5) 7632230 2.92
Kyle McClellan 1100020 2.24
HBP - Wallace (by Chris Carpenter)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 92-59, Kyle McClellan 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 13-3
Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 28, Kyle McClellan 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4120011 .256
Angel Sanchez, 2B4110011 .263
Hunter Pence, RF4122000 .285
Carlos Lee, LF4000021 .248
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B3011010 .329
Brett Wallace, 1B2000000 .210
Tommy Manzella, SS3000001 .222
Jason Castro, C2010100 .200
Wandy Rodriguez, P2000003 .208
   a- Anderson Hernandez, PH0000100 .234
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Bourgeois, LF0000000 .243
Totals2837325  
a-walked for Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
3B - Hunter Pence (3, Carpenter)
RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (72), Chris Johnson (37)
CS - Michael Bourn (12, 2nd base by Carpenter/Molina)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Chris Johnson (11, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez (W,11-12) 7200250 3.71
Tim Byrdak0000100 3.51
Wilton Lopez (H,12) 1000010 2.95
Brandon Lyon (S,10) 1100120 3.23
WP - Wandy Rodriguez (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 104-66, Tim Byrdak 6-2, Wilton Lopez 13-10, Brandon Lyon 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 10-7, Wilton Lopez 2-0
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 26, Tim Byrdak 1, Wilton Lopez 3, Brandon Lyon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 29307
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck