ST. LOUIS (AP) - A couple of firsts helped propel the Houston
Astros' 13-to-0 drubbing of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Albers pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning for his
first major league win. And fellow rookie Hunter Pence hit a grand
slam for his first career homer.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals have now lost six
of seven and sit last in the National League Central. They allowed
six or more runs for the 12th time in their first 28 games and were
shut out for the fourth time.
Albers, who pitched on three days' rest, evens his record at
St. Louis starter Kip Wells drops to 1-and-6 with the loss.
The Cardinals announced during the game that ace pitcher Chris
Carpenter will undergo arthroscopic elbow surgery early next week
and will be sidelined for at least three months.