Cards smash scoreless Astros
Wainwright keeps Houston bats quiet; Holliday sends in 3
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.
St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright winds up for a pitch in the first inning against Houston on Friday, in an 8-0 Cardinals victory.