New top of Cardinals’ lineup delivers vs Astros

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Matt Carpenter, Jason Heyward and Matt Holliday, the new top of the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup, produced hits Tuesday in a 7-6 loss to the Houston Astros.

Carpenter scored after a leadoff single in the first. Heyward ad an RBI single in the second off Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer.

Back-to-back doubles by Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus off Cardinals reliever John Gast highlighted a four-run fourth.

Max Stassi homered for Houston. Jacob Wilson homered for the Cardinals.

Carlos Martinez pitched 2 2-3 innings in his second start for the Cardinals, striking out three while giving up three hits and one run.

Oberholtzer gave up two runs on four hits in three innings.

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