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Johnson's two-run shot to left-center gave Houston a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Michael Bourn doubled and scored on a single by Pence that stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third.
Gerald Laird singled home Berkman to make it 3-1 in the fifth. Berkman had a hard-hit double down the right-field line to set up that score.
Lee snapped an 0-for-16 slide with an RBI double that extended Houston's lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning. Angel Sanchez drove in a run for Houston in the sixth.
Figueroa didn't allow a hit until Freese singled to start the fourth. He was cut down at third when Figueroa overthrew first base for an error.
NOTES: Houston reliever Wilton Lopez, on the disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, will throw a simulated game Saturday. ... Cardinals SS Ryan Theriot was out of the lineup for the third straight day after injuring his rib cage in batting practice Tuesday, but entered in the eighth inning.
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