In the first inning, Houston earned a walk and got base hit from third baseman Morgan Ensberg and first baseman Lance Berkman, respectively. With Ensberg on third, left fielder Carlos Lee hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the Astros' first run.
In the top of the fourth, Houston's right fielder Luke Scott's leadoff double and catcher Humberto Quintero's RBI single with two outs gave the Astros the 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals would end up scoring all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Catcher Yadier Molina singled to lead off the inning, shortstop David Eckstein grounded into a fielder's choice, and right fielder Preston Wilson walked with two outs. Left fielder Chris Duncan followed with an RBI single and first baseman Albert Pujols shot a two-run double down the left field line to increase the lead to 3-2.
Wainwright went six innings, allowing seven hits and only the two runs. The bullpen came in and did a wonderful job of holding the one-run lead. Ryan Franklin struck out three and yielded one hit in one inning of work. Randy Flores walked one and gave up a single before getting Luke Scott to strike out, and Isringhausen pitched 1.2 innings without allowing a hit and struck out two while earning the save.
- Offensively the team did very well on Friday. Chris Duncan was 2-for-4 with an RBI and raised his batting average back up to .323. Albert Pujols was 1-for-2 with two RBI and two walks, continuing his hitting streak to twelve games. His batting average is much more respectable now at .284.
- Wainwright pitched much better than his last few starts on Friday, which is a good sign for the rotation. If Anthony Reyes can come around, things will start to look better in the NL Central for the Cardinals.
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