Cardinals Vs. Astros Final Score: Jaime Garcia Struggles As St. Louis Loses 8-2

The St. Louis Cardinals (16-11) could not overcome a rough outing from SP Jaime Garcia as the Cards lost 8-2 to the Houston Astros (13-14).

Garcia (L, 2-2) lasted 6.0 innings, but could not keep the Astros off the base paths as he allowed 4 walks and 4 hits -- including a grand slam to 3B Chris Johnson -- to go with only 3 strikeouts. The Cardinals offense, meanwhile, offered equally lackluster support.

SP Bud Norris (W, 2-1) took the win as the Cardinals managed to coax 4 walks from the righty, but only 3 singles. On the night, the Cardinals has 6 hits, but failed to land an extra base hit. LF Matt Holliday and SS Rafael Furcal each added steals, and RBI singles from RF Carlos Beltran and Holliday gave the Cardinals a presence on the scoreboard, but Johnson's slam and the Astro bullpen proved too much for the Cardinals.

St. Louis concludes their three-game set against the Astros on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CDT.


Final - 5.5.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Houston Astros 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 X 8

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