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Carpenter crafts 20th win
Cardinals ace reaches mark
The expected duel with Roger Clemens was cut short when the Astros hurler left the game with a hamstring strain, but in winning his 20th game of the season with a complete-game outing, Chris Carpenter held up his end of the bargain.
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Cardinals 4, Astros 2
On Saturday, Chris Carpenter became the first pitcher in the Majors to win 20 games. (Tim Johnson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Hamstring hampers Rocket
Roger Clemens matched Cards ace Chris Carpenter out for out through five on Saturday evening, but when he left the game with a strained hamstring, the Astros bullpen let a 2-1 lead get away at home.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 03, 2005
STL
St. Louis (86-50)
Won 1
St. Louis 4, Houston 2   HOU
Houston (72-63)
Lost 1
September 3, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0   4 11 0
Houston
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 8 1
Standings through 9/3/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Astros Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5010001.281
Grudzielanek, 2B5011011.298
Pujols, 1B4120101.335
Edmonds, CF5010023.270
Walker, RF3210100.274
Taguchi, LF4021001.294
Molina, C3022100.259
Nunez, 3B4110006.291
Carpenter, P3000023.030
Totals3641143516 

BATTING
2B: Grudzielanek (29, Springer).
TB: Eckstein; Grudzielanek 2; Pujols 2; Edmonds; Walker; Taguchi 2; Molina 2; Nunez.
RBI: Taguchi (46), Molina 2 (43), Grudzielanek (53).
2-out RBI: Grudzielanek.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nunez; Carpenter.
S: Carpenter.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Walker (Biggio at home).
DP: (Eckstein-Pujols).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4000013.292
Biggio, 2B3010010.269
Ensberg, 3B3000113.279
Berkman, LF4121001.291
Lamb, 1B4110000.208
Scott, RF3011110.208
Everett, SS4020020.251
Ausmus, C4010004.259
Clemens, P1000012.208
a-Burke, PH1000001.246
Strickland, P0000000.000
b-Vizcaino, PH1000002.259
Springer, P0000000.000
Gallo, P0000000.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Driskill, P0000000.000
c-Palmeiro, PH1000010.306
Totals332822816 

a-Flied out for Clemens in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Strickland in the 6th. c-Struck out for Driskill in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Berkman (31, Carpenter), Lamb (11, Carpenter), Scott (2, Carpenter).
HR: Berkman (15, 6th inning off Carpenter, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Biggio; Berkman 6; Lamb 2; Scott 2; Everett 2; Ausmus.
RBI: Scott (3), Berkman (57).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taveras; Ensberg; Vizcaino 2.
GIDP: Berkman.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Ensberg (12, throw).
Outfield assists: Berkman (Pujols at 3rd base).
DP: (Biggio-Everett).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter (W, 20-4)9.08222812.28
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clemens 5.04222201.57
Strickland 1.00000000.00
Springer (L, 4-4)0.22111004.96
Gallo 0.13110003.07
Wheeler 1.01000101.76
Driskill 1.01000200.00

Gallo pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

WP: Clemens.
IBB: Pujols (by Springer).
HBP: Biggio (by Carpenter).
Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 120-78, Clemens 73-44, Strickland 14-9, Springer 17-9, Gallo 8-5, Wheeler 8-6, Driskill 19-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 12-6, Clemens 7-6, Strickland 2-1, Springer 2-0, Gallo 0-0, Wheeler 0-2, Driskill 0-1.
Batters faced: Carpenter 36, Clemens 22, Strickland 3, Springer 5, Gallo 3, Wheeler 3, Driskill 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Gallo 2-0, Wheeler 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Brian Knight.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:35.
Att: 42,817.

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