ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kyle Lohse carried a shutout into the seventh
inning and Albert Pujols homered to cap a 6-for-10 series, helping
the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros and nemesis Roy
Oswalt 3-2 on Thursday night.
Chris Duncan has a two-run single with the bases loaded in the
first inning for the Cardinals.
Oswalt (4-5) allowed three runs in seven innings, losing to the
Cardinals for the first time in 11 starts dating to Sept. 27, 2005.
Lohse (5-2) opened with six scoreless innings before Carlos Lee
homered to cut the gap to 3-1.
Lance Berkman hit his 17th homer leading off the ninth against
Ryan Franklin to cut the gap to a run before Franklin retired the
next three in order for his fourth save in six chances.