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In their first series at Busch Stadium since 2013, the Astros swept the two-game set this week from the Cardinals, who had won five straight games entering Tuesday.
Game One: Astros 5, Cardinals 2 — WP: Doug Fister (7-3) LP: Jaime Garcia (4-6) SV: Will Harris (4)
Behind a strong start from Doug Fister, the Astros took the first game of their series with the Cardinals on Tuesday by a 5-2 score.
By completing 7.1 innings and surrendering only two earned runs, ten of Fister’s last eleven outings have been quality starts.
To break a 1-1 tie in the fifth, former Cardinal Colby Rasmus hit his ninth home run of the year to give the Astros a lead they would not let go of. Marwin Gonzalez collected an RBI later in the fifth, and Doug Fister plated a couple of runs on a base hit off of reliever Seung Hwan Oh in the seventh.
The Cardinals’ two runs of the evening both came on long balls. Matt Adams hit his ninth homer of the season in the second, and Brandon Moss went yard for a team-high fifteenth time in the sixth.
Game Two: Astros 4, Cardinals 1 — WP: Tony Sipp (1-2) LP: Kevin Siegrist (4-2) SV: Will Harris (5)
The game’s starters each submitted quality outings in Wednesday’s series finale, but it was Houston’s right-fielder that’d steal the show and ultimately win the game for the Astros on Friday night.
Adam Wainwright and Collin McHugh matched one another through six innings in the second game of the series. In the Cardinals’ half of the seventh, Greg Garcia pinch-hit for Adam Wainwright and came through with a run-scoring hit, the first run scored in the ballgame by either team.
Facing Kevin Siegrist in the eighth, George Springer hit a two-run home run to put the Astros on the board with a lead. With two additional runs of support in the ninth, Tony Sipp, Ken Giles, and Will Harris pitched 2.3 scoreless innings for the Astros en route to their two-game sweep in St. Louis.
-With a loss on Wednesday, the Cardinals are now 26-1 this season when leading after seven innings. Contrastingly, the Astros are now 2-29 when trailing after seven frames.
Astros: The Astros will return to Houston for three games with the Reds this weekend.
Cardinals: After a day off on Thursday, it will be a rematch of the 2011 World Series at Busch Stadium over the weekend as the Cardinals will welcome in the Texas Rangers for a three-game series.