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Astros blank Cardinals

The Houston Astros shut down the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Wednesday night, and avoided a three-game sweep at Minute Maid Park.

Houston won the game as +110 underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the game’s posted over/under (8.5).

Carlos Lee had two hits and led the way with two RBIs for the Astros. Bud Norris tossed six scoreless innings for the win, and Jose Valverde collected his 24th save.

John Smoltz surrendered five hits and two runs over six innings in the loss.