Astros complete sweep of Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Bud Norris shut down St. Louis for the fourth straight time, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer after a testy exchange and Houston wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 4-1 win.
The Cardinals have lost seven of nine.
Norris (2-4) struck out eight and walked none in eight innings. He gave up one run and six hits. Though he’s 8-7 with a 5.10 ERA lifetime, Norris is 4-0 with a 0.35 ERA in four career starts against St. Louis.
The Astros scored all four runs in the third, perhaps taking advantage of Chris Carpenter’s temper. Carpenter (4-1) and Carlos Lee had a staredown and then exchanged words after Lee popped out with two runners on base, leading to both benches and bullpens streaming on the field, although nothing got overheated.
Pence was next up with two outs, and he hit his fifth homer to put Houston ahead 4-0.