Matt Carpenter’s HR lifts Cards to 5-4 Win

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Matt Carpenter’s two run 7th inning home run gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead that they never relinquished. The Redbirds win 5-4 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium over hapless Houston. The Cardinals swept the quick two game series and had a 5-0 home stand.

Shelby Miller started for the Cardinals but was largely ineffective, giving up three runs in five innings, along with five runs. The bullpen came in and allowed just one run in four innings. Seth Maness got the win in relief to improve his record to 5-1. Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless 9th inning to pick up his 25th save of the season.

Offensively, Matt Adams drove in one run with a 2nd inning single to cut the Astros lead to 2-1 at the time. Matt Holliday’s bases loaded, two out single in the 5th, scored two and tied the game at 3-3. Then came Matt Carpenter go ahead two run homer in the 7th inning.

The win is the 5th straight for the Cardinals and raises their season record to 55-34. The Redbirds now travel to Chicago for a four game series against the Cubs, then it’s the All-Star break.

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