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Astros wear down Cardinals

The Houston Astros scored the final six runs of the game on Saturday, as they downed the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros were home favorites at -140, and the 11 runs scored were OVER the posted total of 9.

Chris Sampson (5-5) went eight innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Carlos Lee was 1-for-1 with two walks, a homer and three RBIs for the Astros.

Kip Wells (2-10) was knocked for six runs on seven hits over five innings, and Jim Edmonds hit a solo shot for the Cardinals.