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Astros rout Cardinals 18-4 behind Norris

Aug 4, 2010 - 4:35 AM By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer

ST. LOUIS(AP) -- Bud Norris probably would like to face the St. Louis Cardinals every time out. He's already beaten them three times this season.

Norris won only his fourth game overall and the Houston Astros got career highs of six RBIs and four hits from rookie Angel Sanchez, stretching their winning streak to seven with an 18-4 rout on Tuesday night.

"I'm going out there to win ballgames, wherever it is or whoever it's against," Norris said. "Any time I can help this team win, that's my job."

Colby Rasmus and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who will try to avoid getting swept by Houston for the second time at home this season behind 11-game winner Chris Carpenter on Wednesday night. The Astros have won five straight in St. Louis, and have outscored the opposition 57-12 during their longest winning streak since an eight-gamer from Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2008.

"It's a pretty amazing night for me," Sanchez said. "Plus we won the game, so that's a really good day."

Houston had a five-run second against rookie Jaime Garcia (9-5) and scored four in the sixth, seventh and eighth against the St. Louis bullpen. Manager Tony La Russa couldn't wait for the game to end.

"I was hoping for one of two things, either the 10-run rule or the seven-inning thing in the minor leagues when you play a doubleheader." La Russa said. "We finished it. It was agony."

Chris Johnson had two hits and three RBIs and Pedro Feliz had three hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who were 13 for 19 with runners in scoring position. They missed the franchise record for runs by one and had a season-best 22 hits.

Garcia, who leads NL rookies with nine wins, gave up eight runs and 10 hits in five innings. He missed his first shot at becoming the team's first rookie to reach double figures in victories since 2002, although only one run in the Astros' five-run second was earned.

La Russa said the Astros knew what was coming much of the time.

"He got to where he was tipping pretty much everything he was throwing, and they're pretty sharp over there," La Russa said. "I don't know how much that affected him because he was throwing the ball down the middle at times."

Norris (4-7) is 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts against the Cardinals and had allowed only one run in 20 innings in his first three career appearances in St. Louis, all victories. He lost to the Cardinals last month in Houston and was not nearly as dominant this time either, allowing four runs in six innings to hike his Busch Stadium ERA to 1.73.

Just don't ask Norris why.

"You keep bringing it up, too, that's the funny part," he said to a reporter. "I have no idea."

Sanchez, acquired from Boston on July 1, had a two-run double in the second and a three-run triple in the sixth. He missed two chances for the cycle and a first career homer, hitting an RBI single in the seventh but taking a called third strike with the bases loaded in the eighth. Sanchez entered the game with eight RBIs in 83 at-bats and easily topped his previous best of two RBIs on July 31 against the Brewers.

Rasmus hit his 18th homer with one out in the first.

Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker had RBI singles in the fourth to cut the Astros' lead to 6-3, with Albert Pujols running through third base coach Jose Oquendo's stop sign on Schumaker's hit and then scoring standing up on a wide throw to the plate by right fielder Hunter Pence.

The Astros pounced on relievers Mitchell Boggs, Dennys Reyes and Mike MacDougal for 11 hits and 10 runs over the next three innings. Aaron Miles, who started at shortstop, pitched the ninth and allowed a hit.

But Miles' throwing error opened the door for the Astros' big second.

"It hurts, and you play the rest of the game as hard as you can," Miles said. "I'm glad I could save an inning for the bullpen."

NOTES: Holliday hit his 21st homer and second in three days in the sixth. ... Before the game, the Astros activated IF Geoff Blum off the DL and designated IF Anderson Hernandez for assignment. Blum (elbow surgery) was 2 for 9 with two doubles and an RBI in three rehab appearances for Double-A Corpus Christi. Blum was 2 for 2 including a pinch-single in the eighth and finished the game at 3B. ... Devon Alexander of St. Louis, the WBC and IBF junior welterweight boxing champion, threw out the first pitch. Alexander will fight former titleholder Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday in St. Louis. ... The Astros have scored 19 runs twice, the last time in 1999 against the Pirates.






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    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: Y MOLINA (.241, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
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    ST LOUIS 1 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C JOHNSON (.343, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

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    ST LOUIS 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.276, 0-FOR-1)

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    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    ST LOUIS 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: A SANCHEZ (.274, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
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    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    ST LOUIS 1 TOP,2ND
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    AT ST LOUIS - SCORING UPDATE
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    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.300, 26 HR, 75 RBI)

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