National League Game Summary - Houston at St. Louis|
(Thursday, August 23rd)
Final Score: St. Louis 13, Houston 5
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Holliday highlighted a five-run fifth
inning with a go-ahead three-run double as the St. Louis Cardinals finished
off a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 13-5 rout at Busch
Holliday finished with four RBI, David Freese crushed a three-run home run and
added an RBI single, while Allen Craig went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Rafael
Furcal and Yadier Molina drove in runs for the defending World Series champs,
who have won four of their last five games.
"It was one of the biggest games of the year to close out the sweep against
these guys," Craig said. "We weren't really swinging very well, but to turn it
around the way we did was huge."
Jake Westbrook (13-9) wasn't sharp, allowing five runs on seven hits and two
walks, but he just did enough over five innings to get his sixth win in
his last seven decisions.
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Scott Moore and starter
Dallas Keuchel added RBI for the Astros, who lost for the seventh consecutive
Keuchel (1-6) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on five hits and a walk over
just four-plus innings.
"Keuchel pitched good through the first three innings," Astros interim
manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "I was pleased, he kept the ball down, but
you get to the fourth inning and we had a two-out walk. Molina hits a
double down the line, and then a three-run homer and they're back in the
Trailing 5-3 heading into the fifth, the Cards took control of the game with
five runs in the frame. Furcal started the big inning with a base hit and
pinch-hitter Ryan Jackson followed with a single and Jon Jay reached on a
throwing error by Brett Wallace to load the bases.
Keuchel was pulled in favor of Hector Ambriz, but he allowed an RBI single to
Craig before surrendering Holliday's double -- a rocket into the left-center
field gap -- to put the Cards ahead, 7-5. Molina gave St. Louis a three-run
lead later in the inning with an RBI base hit.
Craig doubled home Jay in the sixth to make it a 9-5 game and the Cards tacked
on four more runs in the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson started the frame with a two-bagger and scored on
a single by Furcal. Craig and Holliday stroked consecutive RBI base hits and
Freese capped the scoring with a bases-loaded infield single.
Earlier, Houston opened the scoring with a run in its first at-bat. Wallace
got things started with a two-out double and came around to score when
Ben Francisco hit one back to Westbrook, but the St. Louis starter fired it
over the head of Craig.
Moore was plunked to start the Houston second inning and Fernando Martinez
doubled down the line in right to put runners on second and third. Keuchel
lofted a sacrifice fly to left and Altuve drove in Martinez with a single for
a 3-0 Astros lead.
Altuve brought home Martinez with a sac fly in the fourth, extending the lead
Freese pulled the Cardinals within one in the home portion of the inning
after he clubbed a changeup from Keuchel into the bullpen in right field for a
A sac fly by Moore in the fifth extended the Houston lead to 5-3, but Cards
took control of the game in the bottom half.
Prior to Thursday's effort, Keuchel had registered quality starts in his last
three outings ... The Astros fell to 12-51 on the road this season ... St.
Louis outhit Houston, 17-11 ...The Astros finished 2-for-12 with runners in
scoring position and left 12 men on base ...Houston fell to 8-10 at Busch
Stadium since the start of the 2010 season.
08/23 21:44:43 ET