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Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in two runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Houston Astros 5-3 Friday night at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis won the game as -155 favorites, and the eight runs fell UNDER the posted over/under (9).

Skip Schumaker had two hits and one RBI for the Cardinals. Joel Pineiro got the win, and Kyle McClellan earned his first save.

Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run for the Astros. Mike Hampton gave up three runs over five innings to suffer the loss.