Stl 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6 0
Hou 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 X 8 6 1
Date of game: 5/5/2012

Recap: Houston vs. St. Louis

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson belted his first career grand slam and the Houston Astros pounded the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-2, in the second portion of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Jed Lowrie crushed a two-run homer, Justin Maxwell contributed an RBI double and starter Bud Norris helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly for the Astros, who have won five in a row.

Norris (2-1) gave up one unearned run on three hits and four walks while fanning four over six strong innings. Wesley Wright and Wilton Lopez combined for a scoreless seventh, David Carpenter gave up a run in the eighth and Fernando Abad closed it out with a perfect ninth.

"They were able to scratch that run off of us in the top of the first, but it was nice to come back," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "Anytime you get a grand slam it's awful nice, but the way we went about it was better. To load the bases with three walks and then he (Johnson) was able to get a ball up and hit the grand slam."

Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday had an RBI single apiece for the defending World Series champs, who have dropped three consecutive contests.

Jaime Garcia (2-2) gave up six runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two over six innings.

St. Louis opened the scoring in its first at-bat. Rafael Furcal got things started with a base hit into left-center and Jon Jay reached on an error by Johnson to put Cardinals on second and third. After Holliday whiffed, Beltran stroked a single into right.

Houston answered back in a big way in the home half of the inning. After Jose Altuve struck out, Brian Bogusevic drew a walk and stole second before J.D. Martinez and Carlos Lee walked to load the bases. Johnson then hammered a fastball from Garcia deep down the left field line and into the seats.

The Astros added two more runs in the fourth. Johnson got the inning started with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Maxwell ripped a double off the wall in left. Maxwell then advanced to third on a groundout by Jason Castro and scored on a sac fly by Norris.

Jay started the Cardinals' eighth with a single and came around to score on a single up the middle by Holliday to make it 6-2, but the Astros got the run back plus one in the home half of the inning.

Lee opened the fame by ripping a line drive to right that took one hop over the fence for a ground-rule double. Lowrie then laced a screaming liner to left off J.C. Romero. Lowrie stopped at second, but the play was reviewed and it showed the ball hit off the railing above the wall for the home run to cap the scoring.

"He's a good pitcher," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "His team was able to give him the runs that he needed and he was confident against us."

Game Notes

The Cardinals have scored in the opening inning in each of their last five games and have out-scored the opposition 22-16 in the opening inning this season...Garcia is 0-4 in six career starts against Houston...Lowrie extended his hitting streak to eight games...It is Houston's longest winning streak since August 22-26, 2010.

Dorm Report: Fresno State free fall

This time last year, Fresno State football was at the start of something good, but the Bulldogs have lost their bite here in 2014.

Keselowski on pole with track record at New Hampshire

Brad Keselowski's winning momentum in the Sprint Cup Series continued on Friday, as he claimed the pole for the Sylvania 300 with a new track qualifying record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Gordon suspension reduced to 10 games

Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon had his suspension reduced to 10 games after the NFL and the NFL Players Association announced Friday the finalized agreement to changes in their substance abuse and performance enhancing substances policies.

Giroux hurt as Flyers open camp

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux is expected to be sidelined approximately two weeks after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury on the first day of training camp.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.