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Cardinals vs. Astros: Houston claims game 3 on gem from Bud Norris

The Houston Astros avoided a series sweep as Bud Norris shut out the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

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Bud Norris blanks Cardinals in 2-0 win

Astros righty Bud Norris gave up just two hits over 7+ innings in a win over a St. Louis team still trying to clinch a playoff berth.

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Lineups for Astros final home game in NL

With the Houston Astros set to embark on a six-game road trip to conclude the 2012 season, Wednesday's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals will be their final home game as a National League team.

The Astros (50-105) have lost the first two games of the series by a combined score of 10-1. Bud Norris (5-13, 5.05 ERA) is set to take the mound against Chris Carpenter (0-0, 3.60 ERA) despite dealing with a blister on his hand on top of flu-like symptoms.

Norris hasn't earned a win since May 21 but could get lucky tonight with Carpenter only making his second start of the season.

Here are both teams' full lineups for tonight's 2012 finale at Minute Maid Park:

Houston Astros:

  1. Jose Altuve - 2B
  2. Scott Moore - RF
  3. Jed Lowrie - SS
  4. Justin Maxwell - CF
  5. Brett Wallace - 1B
  6. Jason Castro - C
  7. Fernando Martinez - LF
  8. Brandon Laird - 3B
  9. Bud Norris - SP
St. Louis Cardinals:
  1. Jon Jay - CF
  2. Matt Carpenter - 3B
  3. Matt Holliday - LF
  4. Allen Craig - 1B
  5. Yadier Molina - C
  6. Adron Chambers - RF
  7. Daniel Descalso - 2B
  8. Pete Kozma - SS
  9. Chris Carpenter - SP
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Astros blanked by Cardinals in 4-0 loss

The offensive woes continued on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, as the Houston Astros once again came up short in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the series.

Houston finished with seven hits offensively, and was led by a pair of two-hit efforts from infielders Jose Altuve and Brandon Laird. Astros starter Lucas Harrell was unfortunately saddled with his 11th loss of the season after yielding a pair of runs on seven hits in the game, and was no match for St. Louis' dialed-in left-hander Jaime Garcia on the evening.

The 27-year-old Harrell has now dropped three consecutive starts against the Cardinals this year after opening the season with two victories over the divisional rival.

Now with just two runs scored over their last three games, the Astros will look to inconsistent righty Bud Norris (5-13, 5.05 ERA) for the third and final game of the series on Wednesday. Recently activated veteran Chris Carpenter (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Cardinals, as his team continues to remain in the thick of the playoff race.

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Astros look to rebound vs. Cardinals

The Houston Astros host the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in the second game of their three game series. St. Louis is looking to clamp down thier hold on one of two NL Wild Cards, while Houston looks to attach a bright end to a bad season. Lucas Harrell (10-10, 3.89 ERA) will take the mound for Houston, facing Jamie Garcia (5-7, 4.25 ERA) for St. Louis.

Harrell is 2-2 against St. Louis. His most recent outing was Sept. 19 against the Cardinals, a 5-0 loss that saw Harrell give up three runs over 5⅔ innings while Houston managed only five hits. Lance Lynn was throwing for St. Louis that day; Houston might have better luck against Garcia. He's 1-5 with a 7.55 ERA in eight career starts against the Astros.

Houston (50-104) is two games away from matching 2011's franchise-worst loss total of 106. The Astros are 3-10 against the Cardinals in 2012, including Sunday's 6-1 loss.

Game Time: 8:05 p.m. ET
Television Coverage: FSMW, FSH
Streaming Coverage: MLB.tv

Stick with this StoryStream for lineups, scores and more from the Astros vs. Cardinals series. For more insight and analysis, check out Astros blog Crawfish Boxes. For the perspective from St. Louis, check out Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos.

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Astros Lose Game To Cardinals, Fernando Abad

The St. Louis Cardinals got a boost in their race for the Wild Card on Monday as the Houston Astros allowed them to come into Minute Maid Park and take out a 6-1 win in the first game of their three-game set. The game looked strikingly similar to all three matches between the two teams in their last series only a week ago, where the Cards won the three games by a combined score of 14-5.

Houston started the game off with bad news when starting pitcher Fernando Abad had to be pulled with a sprained oblique in the second inning. Fernando Rodriguez was brought in to relieve him and didn't put up much of a fight, allowing the Cards to score three runs off of him including two home runs.

The lone Astros run came from Scott Moore in the second inning, pulling the Astros back to a 3-1 deficit at the time.

Game two of the series will take place on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. CT.

For more on the Houston Astros, be sure to check out Crawfish Boxes. For more on the Cardinals, head over to Viva El Birdos. Get all your MLB news and notes from Baseball Nation.

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