Cards smash score­less Astros

Wain­wright keeps Hous­ton bats quiet; Hol­l­i­day sends in 3

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — Adam Wain­wright pitched eight score­less in­nings and Matt Hol­l­i­day hit a three-run homer to help the St. Louis Car­di­nals blast the Hous­ton Astros 8-0 Fri­day night.

Al­bert Pu­jols drove in three runs and Kyle McClellan pitched a per­fect ninth to com­plete the shutout for St. Louis and end a three-game los­ing streak.

Hous­ton snapped a three­game win­ning streak and was shut out for the ninth time this sea­son.

Wain­wright (13-5) gave up six hits to im­prove to 9-1 in his ca­reer against Hous­ton.

Astros starter Bud Nor­ris (2-6) gave up seven hits and five runs in 72⁄ in­nings for his

3 first ca­reer loss to the Car­di­nals. He en­tered the game 4-0 with a 0.35 ERA in four starts against St. Louis.

The Astros couldn’t string any­thing to­gether against Wain­wright, and the best they did was get two run­ners on base in the fourth and eighth in­nings. But Hous­ton came up empty both times af­ter Wain­wright struck out Chris John­son to end the fourth and Car­los Lee flew out in the eighth.

Hol­l­i­day’s homer, which bounced high off the wall in left field and chased Nor­ris, came af­ter Nor­ris al­lowed a dou­ble to Colby Ras­mus and in­ten­tion­ally walked Pu­jols with two outs in the eighth.

Pu­jols home­red to left field with one on and two out in the ninth in­ning off Casey Daigle to stretch the lead to 8-0.

Ras­mus also dou­bled in the first in­ning be­fore scor­ing on a dou­ble by Pu­jols to make it 1-0.

Tyler Greene added a dou­ble in the sec­ond in­ning and scored on a sin­gle by Skip Schu­maker.

Nor­ris got in a groove af­ter the early runs, re­tir­ing 13 in a row af­ter Schu­maker’s hit. He didn’t al­low an­other baserun­ner un­til a sin­gle by Jon Jay to start the sev­enth in­ning.

Hous­ton’s Michael Bourn sin­gled on a bunt in the fifth in­ning but was caught try­ing to steal sec­ond base to end the in­ning.

Pat Sul­li­van AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

St. Louis starter Adam Wain­wright winds up for a pitch in the first in­ning against Hous­ton on Fri­day, in an 8-0 Car­di­nals vic­tory.

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