The Houston Astros fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Wednesday night in St. Louis, as Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse helped quiet the Houston bats. Three St. Louis pitchers combined to hold Houston to just three hits on the night.
Houston started the game well, picking up all three hits in the first three innings, including a pair of solo home runs by Brett Wallace and Chris Snyder. Lohse would settle down after that, pitching four hitless innings before departing after the seventh.
The Cardinals took the lead in the fifth inning when Jon Jay drove home Rafael Furcal with a single. Jay would later score on a Bud Norris wild pitch to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead. Yadier Molina provided an insurance run in the eighth inning by driving home Matt Holliday with a single to center.
Bud Norris (5-11) received the loss for Houston despite giving up only three runs over six innings. Jose Altuve picked up the only other hit for Houston, a double off Lohse in the third inning.
The Astros dropped to a dismal 12-50 on the road with the loss. Dallas Keuchel (1-5, 4.99 ERA) takes the mound for Houston as the Astros look to avoid the series sweep. He will face the Cardinals' Jake Westbrook (12-9, 3.50 ERA).