National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Houston|
(Friday, May 4th)
Final Score: Houston 5, St. Louis 4
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jose Altuve blasted a three-run homer in the
second inning and the Houston Astros held on to best the St. Louis Cardinals,
5-4, in the opener of a three-game weekend set Friday.
Altuve had two hits and scored twice as the Astros won a season-high fourth
game in a row.
"When we scored five runs early in the game, we kept battling. We tried to
score a little more and didn't, but that was enough to win the game...The
pitcher's kept the game like that," Altuve said.
Lucas Harrell (2-2) picked up the win in his first ever start against the
Cardinals, tossing 5 1/3 innings while scattering seven hits and allowing four
runs -- three earned -- with three strikeouts.
Brett Myers converted his seventh save in as many opportunities, erasing a
Rafael Furcal single on a double play and striking out Matt Holliday to face
the minimum in the ninth.
Kyle Lohse (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the year, after being
touched for five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five frames.
Holliday had two hits, including a triple, scored a run and batted in another
as the Cardinals dropped their second straight.
"I didn't think I had too bad of control, I was up in the zone. I felt like I
was right around the zone all night," Lohse said.
St. Louis struck first, in the top of the opening frame. Furcal -- who had
led off with a line-drive single and moved to third on consecutive
groundouts -- came around to score when Allen Craig reached on third baseman
Chris Johnson's errant throw.
Houston rallied for two in the home first. Jordan Schafer reached on an error
and Altuve singled, and with one out, then succeeded in double stealing. Back-
to-back base hits by Carlos Lee and Jed Lowrie brought home Schafer and
The Cardinals tied it in the second when Matt Carpenter trotted home on a
Harrell balk after walking, getting to second on a hit and third on a
sacrifice bunt, but Altuve responded in the bottom of the inning.
With Schafer and Harrell aboard, he turned on Lohse's 0-1 fastball, launching
it deep into the left-field seats.
Jon Jay opened a two-run third for the Cards with a single. Holliday plated
him with a triple in the right-center field gap, and Craig lifted a sacrifice
fly to pull his team within one run.
Both starters then settled down and their respective bullpens were spotless.
St. Louis' Fernando Salas, Victor Marte and Marc Rzepczynski allowed just one
hit over three scoreless innings, while Wesley Wright, Wilton Lopez, Fernando
Rodriguez and Myers combined for 3 2/3 frames without a run.
With his eighth-inning walk, Schafer tied a club record for consecutive games
reaching base to start a season at 25...The last Astro to reach safely in the
first 25 games of a season was Denis Menke in 1969...Altuve has a National
League-best 19 multi-hit games...Houston's last four-game winning streak was
between August 28-31, 2011...This was Harrell's first-ever start against the
Cardinals...The probables for Saturday's second test are Jamie Garcia (2-1)
against Bud Norris (1-1).
05/05 01:54:05 ET