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Box > Houston 2, St Louis 1
Astros continue Wild Card push
Danny Haren pitched five solid innings in his latest spot start, but Larry Walker's solo home run was the only offense the Cardinals could muster in a loss to the surging Astros.
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Brad Lidge celebrates after striking out Edgar Renteria to end the game. (David J. Phillip/AP)
Brandon Backe stifled the Cardinals as the Astros closed to within a half-game in the Wild Card standings.
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Bagwell's sacrifice fly

St Louis (103-54)
Lost 2
Houston 2, St Louis 1  
Houston (88-70)
Won 3
September 28, 2004
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St Louis
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 5 0
Houston
0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X   2 8 1
Standings through 9/28/04  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Astros Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Anderson, 2B4000002.234
Rolen, 3B3000000.318
Calero, P0000000.000
b-McKay, PH1010000.236
2-Lankford, PR0000000.247
Reyes, P00000001.000
King, P0000000.000
Pujols, 1B3000112.329
Edmonds, CF4000011.307
Walker, RF3111120.298
Renteria, SS4000011.290
Sanders, LF2010100.257
Molina, C2010010.258
a-Cedeno, PH1000010.266
Luna, 3B0000000.255
Haren, P2000012.000
Mabry, 3B1010000.297
1-Womack, PR0000000.304
Matheny, C0000000.245
Totals30151388 

a-Struck out for Molina in the 8th. b-Singled for Calero in the 8th.
1-Ran for Mabry in the 8th. 2-Ran for McKay in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Walker (17, 2nd inning off Backe, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: McKay; Walker 4; Sanders; Molina; Mabry.
RBI: Walker (47).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds, Pujols.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
CS: Sanders (5, 2nd base by Backe/Ausmus).

FIELDING
DP: (Luna-Matheny-Renteria).
Pickoffs: Calero (Beltran at 1st base).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Biggio, LF3000010.279
Miceli, P0000000.500
Lidge, P0000000.000
Beltran, CF3120101.269
Bagwell, 1B2012111.265
Berkman, RF4010022.318
Kent, 2B3010110.284
Ensberg, 3B4020004.280
Vizcaino, SS4000005.271
Ausmus, C2000102.251
Backe, P2110012.286
Qualls, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH1000000.241
Lane, LF0000000.269
Totals282824617 

a-Flied out for Qualls in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Kent (34, Haren).
3B: Beltran (9, Haren).
TB: Beltran 4; Bagwell; Berkman; Kent 2; Ensberg 2; Backe.
RBI: Bagwell 2 (85).
2-out RBI: Bagwell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ausmus, Backe 2, Vizcaino.
S: Biggio.
SF: Bagwell.
GIDP: Ensberg.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
PO: Beltran (1st base by Calero).

FIELDING
E: Ausmus (5, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Beltran (Sanders at home).
DP: (Beltran-Ausmus).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Haren (L, 3-3)5.06221604.63
Calero 2.01001002.91
Reyes 0.01002000.96
King 1.00000002.41
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (W, 4-3)5.03113314.35
Qualls (H, 7)2.00000203.99
Miceli (H, 21)0.22000103.60
Lidge (S, 26)1.10000201.97

Reyes pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.

WP: Haren.
Pitches-strikes: Haren 80-49, Calero 31-19, Reyes 21-10, King 7-5, Backe 74-41, Qualls 21-13, Miceli 11-11, Lidge 22-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Haren 7-2, Calero 1-4, Reyes 0-0, King 2-1, Backe 4-7, Qualls 3-1, Miceli 0-1, Lidge 1-1.
Batters faced: Haren 22, Calero 7, Reyes 3, King 2, Backe 19, Qualls 6, Miceli 4, Lidge 4.
Inherited runners-scored: King 3-0, Lidge 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Brian O'Nora. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Jerry Crawford.
Weather: 89 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:52.
Att: 36,230.

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