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Cards, Busch shut down
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Astros 5, Cardinals 1
Mark Mulder watches from the dugout during Game 6 of the NLCS. (Mark Humphrey/AP)
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The Cardinals couldn't get their bats going to stave off elimination in the NLCS, and Mark Mulder allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings of the final game at Busch Stadium. Pinch-hitter John Rodriguez plated St. Louis' only run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
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HOU
October 19, 2005
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Houston
0 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0   5 11 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 4 1
STL
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, 2B5121000.333
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Taveras, CF4020001.357
Berkman, 1B4000113.286
Ensberg, 3B4011002.238
Lane, RF4111011.238
Burke, LF4110010.300
Ausmus, C4130000.318
Everett, SS3111011.304
Oswalt, P2000011.333
Qualls, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.333
Bruntlett, 2B0000000.000
Totals355114159 

a-Flied out for Qualls in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Lane (2, 4th inning off Mulder, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Biggio 2; Taveras 2; Ensberg; Lane 4; Burke; Ausmus 3; Everett.
RBI: Biggio (3), Lane (3), Everett (2), Ensberg (2).
2-out RBI: Ensberg.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ensberg; Oswalt; Lane.
S: Oswalt; Everett; Taveras.
Team LOB: 7.

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS3000011.200
Edmonds, CF3000111.211
Pujols, 1B4000011.304
Walker, RF4010011.158
Sanders, LF3000031.167
Tavarez, P0000000.000
Mabry, LF1000010.125
Grudzielanek, 2B3110000.227
Molina, C4010001.318
Nunez, 3B3010002.385
Mulder, P1000010.000
Thompson, P0000000.000
a-Rodriguez, PH0001000.000
Marquis, P0000000.000
Flores, P0000000.000
Taguchi, LF1000001.000
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Totals30141199 

a-Hit a sacrifice fly for Thompson in the 5th.

BATTING
2B: Walker (1, Oswalt).
TB: Walker 2; Grudzielanek; Molina; Nunez.
RBI: Rodriguez (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanders.
SF: Rodriguez.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Edmonds (1, fielding).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt (W, 2-0)7.03111601.29
Qualls 1.00000100.00
Wheeler 1.01000200.00
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mulder (L, 0-2)4.26331213.09
Thompson 0.10000000.00
Marquis 1.13220103.38
Flores 0.10000000.00
Tavarez 1.11000105.40
Isringhausen 1.01000100.00

WP: Mulder 2, Tavarez.
HBP: Eckstein (by Oswalt), Grudzielanek (by Oswalt).
Pitches-strikes: Oswalt 118-77, Qualls 13-9, Wheeler 12-9, Mulder 66-37, Thompson 2-2, Marquis 26-15, Flores 2-2, Tavarez 17-11, Isringhausen 15-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Oswalt 12-3, Qualls 1-1, Wheeler 0-1, Mulder 6-6, Thompson 0-1, Marquis 3-0, Flores 0-1, Tavarez 2-1, Isringhausen 1-1.
Batters faced: Oswalt 27, Qualls 3, Wheeler 4, Mulder 21, Thompson 1, Marquis 7, Flores 1, Tavarez 5, Isringhausen 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Thompson 2-0, Flores 1-0, Tavarez 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Gerry Davis. 1B: Tim McClelland. 2B: Greg Gibson. 3B: Wally Bell. LF: Phil Cuzzi. RF: Larry Poncino.
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:53.
Att: 52,438.

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