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St. Louis at Houston

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St. Louis (88-72)00101002004121
Houston (56-104) «0022000001590

Cardinals lose in 10, miss chance to tie wild-card race

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HOUSTON -- St. Louis missed out on a chance to join Atlanta atop the wild-card standings when Brian Bogusevic scored on Angel Sanchez's bunt in the 10th inning Monday night, giving the Houston Astros a 5-4 victory against the Cardinals.

The slumping Braves lost to Philadelphia, but the Cardinals weren't able to take advantage of the opening.

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St. Louis rallied from three runs down to force extra innings, but Bogusevic doubled off Octavio Dotel (3-3) in the 10th and advanced on Jason Bourgeois' bunt. Sanchez then dropped a bunt in front of the plate, and Bogusevic charged home as Dotel mishandled his attempt to flip the ball to catcher Yadier Molina with his glove.

Astros closer Mark Melancon (8-4) pitched two scoreless innings.

St. Louis had won 15 of 20 to close the gap on the Braves, who have dropped 16 of 25 games in September.

Former Astros star Lance Berkman hit a tying two-run double off Wesley Wright in the eighth. Matt Holliday had an RBI single for St. Louis.

Matt Downs hit a two-run homer for the Astros.

Houston led 2-1 in the fourth when Jaime Garcia walked Carlos Lee. Downs then drove a 1-0 pitch into the left-field porch for his 10th home run of the season.

Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez pitched out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth, getting David Freese to roll into a double play before fanning Albert Pujols.

The Astros escaped more trouble in the seventh. Ryan Theriot and Jon Jay led off with singles, and Nick Punto moved up the runners with a sacrifice.

Astros manager Brad Mills brought in Wilton Lopez to relieve Rodriguez, who threw 102 pitches. Lopez then retired pinch-hitters Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso on groundouts.

By then, the left-field scoreboard had posted the Phillies' 4-2 victory against Atlanta, and the Cardinals didn't waste their next scoring opportunity.

Pujols singled and Holliday walked leading off the eighth against Fernando Rodriguez. Mills brought in the left-handed Wright to force the switch-hitting Berkman to bat right-handed. Holliday and Pujols pulled off a double steal, and Berkman doubled off the scoreboard, only his sixth double hitting right-handed this season.

Notes

Holliday led off the second inning with his team-leading 36th double. ... Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal left the game in the fifth inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Punto replaced him. ... Astros LF J.D. Martinez left in the fifth with a bruised left foot. ... Wright had not allowed a run in 17th consecutive appearances before Berkman's double. ... Berkman has 14 RBI against Houston this season.

 
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Brian Bogusevic slides home with the winning run, and the contending Cardinals lament a crucial defeat to a 104-loss team.  (AP)
Brian Bogusevic slides home with the winning run, and the contending Cardinals lament a crucial defeat to a 104-loss team. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Houston

M. Downs
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rafael Furcal, SS3010010 .231
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .143
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   a- Allen Craig, PH1000002 .307
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   b- Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .283
    Octavio Dotel, P0000000 .000
David Freese, 3B3110000 .295
   c- Daniel Descalso, PH-3B2010002 .262
Albert Pujols, 1B5120012 .301
Matt Holliday, LF4121101 .297
Lance Berkman, RF4012001 .298
    Adron Chambers, PR-RF1000000 .286
Yadier Molina, C2010300 .306
Ryan Theriot, 2B4010003 .271
Jon Jay, CF4120004 .298
Jaime Garcia, P1000000 .097
   d- Gerald Laird, PH0000100 .232
    Nick Punto, SS1000002 .256
Totals36412352  
a-grounded out for Boggs in the 7th
b-grounded out for Salas in the 9th
c-grounded out for Freese in the 7th
d-walked for Garcia in the 5th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (29, Rodriguez), Matt Holliday (36, Rodriguez), Lance Berkman (22, Wright), Yadier Molina (32, Melancon), Jon Jay (24, Rodriguez)
SH - Ryan Theriot (6), Nick Punto (6)
RBI - Matt Holliday (75), Lance Berkman 2 (93)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (25)
SB - Albert Pujols (9, 3rd base off Wright/Towles), Matt Holliday (2, 2nd base off Wright/Towles)
CS - Ryan Theriot (6, 2nd base by Melancon/Towles)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Pujols
E - Octavio Dotel (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 4444151 3.56
Kyle McClellan 1200100 4.19
Mitchell Boggs 1000010 3.60
Fernando Salas 2100020 2.30
Octavio Dotel (L,5-4) 1211010 3.57
WP - Jaime Garcia (12)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 64-42, Kyle McClellan 22-13, Mitchell Boggs 8-7, Fernando Salas 23-15, Octavio Dotel 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 5-2, Kyle McClellan 2-1, Mitchell Boggs 2-0, Fernando Salas 1-2, Octavio Dotel 1-2
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 17, Kyle McClellan 6, Mitchell Boggs 3, Fernando Salas 6, Octavio Dotel 6
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bourgeois, CF-LF4011002 .294
Angel Sanchez, 2B5011022 .237
J.D. Martinez, LF3010001 .279
    Jordan Schafer, PR-CF1000000 .242
Carlos Lee, 1B2100210 .276
Matt Downs, RF4112013 .276
Chris Johnson, 3B4000030 .253
Clint Barmes, SS4110010 .246
J.R. Towles, C4110010 .185
Wandy Rodriguez, P1011000 .180
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- J.B. Shuck, PH1010000 .292
    Fernando Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
    Enerio Del Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Bogusevic, PH1110000 .287
Totals3459529  
a-singled for Lopez in the 7th
b-doubled for Melancon in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jason Bourgeois (8, Garcia), Wandy Rodriguez (3, McClellan), Brian Bogusevic (13, Dotel)
HR - Matt Downs (10, Garcia)
SH - Jason Bourgeois (4), Wandy Rodriguez (6)
RBI - Jason Bourgeois (16), Angel Sanchez (28), Matt Downs 2 (41), Wandy Rodriguez (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.D. Martinez 1
DP - Barmes-Sanchez-Lee, Sanchez-Barmes-Lee
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wandy Rodriguez 6.1822320 3.49
Wilton Lopez (H,14) 0.2000000 2.83
Fernando Rodriguez0122100 3.51
Wesley Wright (BS,1)0100000 0.77
Enerio Del Rosario 1000100 4.13
Mark Melancon (W,8-4) 2200000 2.78
Pitches-Strikes - Wandy Rodriguez 102-66, Wilton Lopez 12-8, Fernando Rodriguez 8-3, Wesley Wright 3-2, Enerio Del Rosario 10-5, Mark Melancon 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wandy Rodriguez 10-4, Wilton Lopez 2-0, Enerio Del Rosario 2-1, Mark Melancon 3-2
Batters Faced - Wandy Rodriguez 27, Wilton Lopez 2, Fernando Rodriguez 2, Wesley Wright 1, Enerio Del Rosario 4, Mark Melancon 7
Game Information
Attendance - 20017
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings