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Astros turn to Sampson to end losing ways

Jun 2, 2007 - 1:37 PM St. Louis (23-29) at Houston (22-32) 3:55 pm EDT

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- These are tough times for the Houston Astros. After showing signs of life on Thursday with 10 runs, they were back to their old tricks one day later.

The Astros continue their three-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Houston has lost 11 of 12 games, scoring two runs or less in seven of those contests. The Astros have been outscored 84-31 in their last 12 games. Houston's Chris Sampson (4-5, 3.44 ERA) hopes a new month brings about the run support he received in April (24 in four starts) and not in May (five runs in five starts). In Saturday's 5-4 loss to Arizona, he yielded three runs and four hits over six innings.

The righthander was pulled after 4 2/3 innings in his only career start - on May 6 - against the Cardinals, yielding three runs and five hits.

Until recently, the St. Louis offense was in the same boat as Houston's, even though they still own the league's lowest scoring offense. However, things may be improving as they have crossed the plate 23 times during a four-game winning streak.

St. Louis starter and Houston native Kip Wells (2-9, 6.20 ERA), who leads the majors in losses, looks to recapture the magic he had in his first start against the Astros this season. On April 8, he held Houston to a single hit over seven scoreless frames to get his first win of the season.

The righthander allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his latest start - a 6-2 loss at Colorado - on Monday, the latest defeat in a stretch that has seen Wells drop eight of his last nine outings. He is 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 career starts against the Astros.






  • mark woo hoo! game over!

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 6:38 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
    HOUSTON 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 x 8 9 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: STL - KIP WELLS, TYLER JOHNSON (6TH), KELVIN JIMENEZ (7TH) AND GARY
    BENNETT, BRIAN ESPOSITO (8TH)
    HOU - CHRIS SAMPSON, BRAD LIDGE (9TH) AND ERIC MUNSON

    HOME RUNS:

    Jun 2 6:27 PM
  • mark hurry and finish this game so i can watch the yankees!

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 6:06 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CARLOS LEE (11) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF KELVIN JIMENEZ SCORED LANCE BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3, HOUSTON 8
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.336, 0-FOR-3)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 6:03 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY LUKE SCOTT (5) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF KIP WELLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3, HOUSTON 6
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: E MUNSON (.500, 1-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 5:39 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED CRAIG BIGGIO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, H PENCE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    HOUSTON 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.317, 0-FOR-0, BB, SF, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 5:25 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HUNTER PENCE SCORED ADAM EVERETT AND CHRIS
    SAMPSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, H PENCE ON SECOND, C BIGGIO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    HOUSTON 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.242, 0-FOR-2)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 5:23 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY GARY BENNETT SCORED JUAN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    HOUSTON 2 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A MILES (.269, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 4:54 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM EVERETT (2) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF KIP WELLS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2, HOUSTON 2
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C SAMPSON (.188, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 4:27 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY AARON MILES SCORED JUAN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R LUDWICK ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    HOUSTON 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K WELLS (.300, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 4:20 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIM EDMONDS (6) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    2ND OFF CHRIS SAMPSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1, HOUSTON 1
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: J ENCARNACION (.224, 1 HR, 7 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 4:16 PM


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    AT HOUSTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY CARLOS LEE SCORED CRAIG BIGGIO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L BERKMAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0
    HOUSTON 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M LORETTA (.346, 0 HR, 11 RBI)

    Cardinals vs. AstrosJun 2 4:12 PM