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8/17 Recap: Cards take finale in Houston, head to Philly with 4-game win streak

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Carlos Martinez pitched well. The offense was superb. A happy flight will be had.

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On a warm Wednesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals took the second-game of a two game "series", winning over the Houston Astros by a score of 8-2.

Carlos Martinez was in a groove in the contest, throwing 7 innings and allowing just three hits and one run. Martinez had a no-hitter until a Teoscar Hernandez leadoff double broke it up in the 6th.

Offensively, the Cardinals mustered 12 hits, with eight of nine batters notching at least one hit (the exception being Jedd Gyorko, going 0-for-4). The 12 hits included two home runs, a solo shot by Jeremy Hazelbaker in the 4th and a three-run bomb by Brandon Moss in the 7th.

The bullpen was... not sharp. Jonathan Broxton took 27 pitches to get out of the 8th, allowing two hits and a run, along with a walk and a strikeout.

Sam Tuivalala, on to pitch the 9th, left the game after just nine pitches. A leadoff error by Moss, playing 1st base, led to the first runner aboard, followed by a single and a walk. Matt Bowman proceeded to shut the door with the bases loaded, striking out two batters and inducing a pop-up over 13 pitches.

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Up next: The Cardinals are off tomorrow, flying to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies in a three-game set. The projected pitchers for the Cardinals in the series are Adam Wainwright on Friday, Luke Weaver Saturday, and Mike Leake on Sunday. All three slots for the Phillies are TBAs.

Game time for Friday is set for 7:05 pm Eastern / 6:05 pm Central.