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No happy B-day for Astros
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Cardinals 5, Astros 4
Lance Berkman is met at the plate after his three-run homer. (F. Carter Smith/MLB.com)
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On the 45th anniversary of the franchise's inception, Lance Berkman's three-run homer put the Astros in position for their first World Series berth, but Brad Lidge couldn't nail down the pennant-clinching save.
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STL
October 17, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3   5 9 1
Houston
0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0   4 9 2
HOU
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS4220000.235
Edmonds, CF3210200.250
Pujols, 1B5113015.368
Sanders, LF5010025.200
Walker, RF3000103.133
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Grudzielanek, 2B4022000.211
Molina, C4020012.333
Luna, 3B3000012.000
a-Rodriguez, PH1000010.000
Taguchi, RF0000000.000
Carpenter, P3000002.000
Mabry, RF-3B1000010.143
Totals365953719 

a-Struck out for Luna in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Molina (3, Pettitte).
HR: Pujols (2, 9th inning off Lidge, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein 2; Edmonds; Pujols 4; Sanders; Grudzielanek 2; Molina 3.
RBI: Grudzielanek 2 (2), Pujols 3 (6).
2-out RBI: Grudzielanek 2; Pujols 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walker 2; Carpenter; Molina; Sanders.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Sanders (1, 2nd base off Pettitte/Ausmus), Eckstein (1, 2nd base off Pettitte/Ausmus).
CS: Eckstein (1, 2nd base by Pettitte/Ausmus).
PO: Eckstein (1st base by Pettitte).

FIELDING
E: Luna (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Sanders (Ensberg at 2nd base).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B4121002.316
Bruntlett, 2B0000000.000
b-Vizcaino, PH1000000.000
Burke, CF-LF4110022.312
Berkman, LF-1B3123100.353
Ensberg, 3B4010023.235
Lamb, 1B4000013.188
Gallo, P0000000.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Lidge, P0000000.000
Lane, RF3010000.235
Ausmus, C4110001.222
Everett, SS4010012.300
Pettitte, P1000002.000
Qualls, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.500
Taveras, CF1000000.300
Totals344941615 

a-Grounded out for Qualls in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Bruntlett in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ausmus (2, Carpenter).
HR: Berkman (1, 7th inning off Carpenter, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Biggio 2; Burke; Berkman 5; Ensberg; Lane; Ausmus 2; Everett.
RBI: Biggio (2), Berkman 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Biggio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lamb 2; Burke; Biggio 2.
S: Burke; Pettitte.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Everett (1, throw), Lamb (1, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Berkman (Grudzielanek at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Pettitte (Eckstein at 1st base).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter 7.09431613.00
Isringhausen (W, 1-0)2.00000000.00
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pettitte 6.17222405.11
Qualls 0.20000000.00
Gallo (H, 1)0.10000000.00
Wheeler (H, 2)0.20000000.00
Lidge (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)1.02331317.20

HBP: Lane (by Carpenter), Eckstein (by Pettitte).
Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 119-80, Isringhausen 33-22, Pettitte 103-68, Qualls 7-4, Gallo 1-1, Wheeler 4-4, Lidge 25-16.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 9-5, Isringhausen 3-3, Pettitte 8-5, Qualls 2-0, Gallo 1-0, Wheeler 1-1, Lidge 0-0.
Batters faced: Carpenter 32, Isringhausen 6, Pettitte 29, Qualls 2, Gallo 1, Wheeler 2, Lidge 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Qualls 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Poncino. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Greg Gibson. LF: Wally Bell. RF: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:19.
Att: 43,470.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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