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Game Wrap - St. Louis 11-7 Victors Over Astros

Houston pitchers gave up 2 home runs to Lance Berkman and it cost them dearly in a 11-7 loss on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

St. Louis won as a -148 favorite, while Over-Under bettors who played OVER the total of 9.5 were rewarded at the payout window.

Kyle McClellan earned the victory for the Cardinals, throwing 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out 2, walking 2, and allowing 8 hits and 5 earned runs. That effort was supported by 5 RBIs from Lance Berkman in the win.

Houston's starting pitcher Nelson Figueroa worked 5 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 0 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Hunter Pence in a losing cause.

The battle of the bats favored St. Louis as they had 15 hits, while Houston only had 14.

Fernando Salas pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the save. He struck out 1 and allowed 1 hit in his outing.

St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways next game with a battle against Atlanta. Houston will aim to get back on the winning track vs Milwaukee.