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Keppinger singled with one out in the third inning before scoring on Pence's triple that landed near the back of Tal's Hill in center field. Pence came home on a groundout by Carlos Lee to put Houston up 2-0.
The Astros got no-out doubles in the first and second innings, but were unable to string together enough hits to score in those innings.
J.R. Towles doubled before scoring on a single by Michael Bourn to push the lead to 4-1 in the eighth inning.
NOTES: There are now two Rasmus brothers in the Cardinals' organization after St. Louis drafted Colby Rasmus's brother Casey in the 36th round Wednesday. Casey is a catcher from Liberty University. "That's always been what we grew up on was trying making it to the big leagues or play pro ball and he's going to get that taste now," Colby said. "I'm super excited for him." ... Former Houston INF Bill Hall has cleared waivers and is a free agent. He was placed on waivers by the Astros for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release on Friday. ... St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said the soonest he expects to use closer Fernando Salas will be Friday after he threw 44 pitches in a two-inning save on Tuesday. ... Cardinals OF Allen Craig is listed as day to day after injuring his right knee crashing into a fence while chasing a foul ball on Tuesday night. ... Houston reliever Brandon Lyon said he felt good and didn't have any pain in his arm on Wednesday after throwing 10 pitches in his second rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City a night before. Lyon is on the 15-day DL with right biceps tendinitis and a partial right rotator cuff tear.
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