St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Angel Sanchez finished 4-for-6 with a career- best six RBI as Houston pounded St. Louis, 18-4, in the second of three between the clubs at Busch Stadium.
Chris Johnson was 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs for the Astros, who have ripped off seven consecutive wins and scored 27 times in taking the first two games of the series.
Hunter Pence, Jason Bourgeois and Pedro Feliz each added two RBI while Carlos Lee and Jason Castro each scored three times for Houston, which set a season- high for runs scored.
Bud Norris (4-7) was the beneficiary of the outburst, getting the win in spite of yielding seven hits and four runs over six full frames. He did strike out six and walked only one to record his second straight victory.
Colby Rasmus was 3-for-5 and hit a home run, while Matt Holliday also homered for the Cardinals, who lost their second straight after giving up a season- high in runs.
Jaime Garcia (9-5) was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs — four earned — over five-plus frames.