Before being replaced in the Top of the 8th by Tony Sipp, Houston Astros starter Doug Fister tallied two RBIs during the last out of the 7th Inning when his single to center field drove home Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez. It increased Houston's lead over St. Louis to three runs, and the Cardinals wouldn't be able to rally back. Two single-run homers from the St. Louis Cardinals' hot offense weren't enough, as the Astros took Jaime Garcia and Seung Hwan Oh for five runs for a final score of 5-2 on Tuesday evening.
Prior to Tuesday's match-up, the St. Louis Cardinals had swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series after winning the last two games of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates defeated the New York Mets on Tuesday, bringing them back to just two games behind St. Louis in the NL Central. In the AL West, the Houston Astros remain four games behind second place Seattle Mariners and nine games behind the American League's best Texas Rangers.
This One's For You, our annual telecast to the troops, is Wed. night, @Cardinals vs. #Astros. @Missouri_NGhttps://t.co/ZbssqhGvfsThis being just a two-game series, the Cards will try to split the series with a win on Wednesday against the Astros.
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St. Louis Cardinals statsMatt Adams had his 9th home run of the season in the Bottom of the 2nd, while Brandon Moss continues to lead the Cards with his 15th in the Bottom of the 6th. They both went 1-for-4 on the night, and no one else in the St. Louis line-up fared any better. Break-out rookie Aledmys Diaz had the night off, as Greg Garcia got the start at shortstop, going 0-for-3 on the night. Jaime Garcia (4-6, 3.93 ERA) lasted until the 7th inning, giving up four runs and eight hits. He gave up one homer (four runs total) and struck out two Astros on Tuesday. Oh gave up the final run to Fister in the Bottom of the 7th before finishing the inning. Matt Bowman and Tyler Lyons got through the 8th and 9th Innings respectively without giving up any hits.
Houston Astros statsFister was the only Astro to earn more than two RBIs on Tuesday. Former Cardinal Colby Rasmus homered off of Garcia in the Top of the 5th, giving Houston their first lead of the game, 2-1. Carlos Correa returned to the line-up as the clean-up hitter for the Houston Astros after three games off, going 0-for-4 and striking out twice. Fister (7-3, 3.26 ERA) had six strike outs in 7.1 innings, giving up one walk and two home runs. Sipp struck out one batter, and Giles did the same to end the 8th. Harris shut out the St. Louis in the Bottom of the 9th to earn his fourth save of the season.
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Where To WatchThe St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros (second and final game of this series) is set for Wednesday, June 15. As of Tuesday evening, plenty of tickets were still available (directly through the Cardinals' website) for the Astros-Cardinals game for fans who want to watch the Cards vs. Astros live in St. Louis. Wednesday's match-up will be an evening game, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. CST. The Cardinals-Astros game will air regionally on FOX Sports Midwest.
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