Albert Pujols went 2-for-5 Monday and needs two RBIs to extend his Major League record to 11 consecutive seasons of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs with a .300+ batting average. The Cardinals removed shortstop Rafael Furcal in the fifth inning of Monday night's game against the Astros due to what the club called "tightness" in his left hamstring. Nick Punto replaced him. Furcal is unlikely to return this season. Astros: Altuve racking up the hits
It's been quite a season for Jose Altuve. He has 195 combined hits in 570 at-bats at the Major League and Minor League levels this season. Chris Johnson is hitting .444 in his last seven games with a home run and four RBIs. Worth noting
The Cardinals are 8-5 against the Astros this season after going 5-10 against Houston last season. The Astros are 12-7 at home since Aug. 16 and 17-15 at home since the All-Star break. Westbrook is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA against the Astros this season.