Houston will counter with right-hander Bud Norris (5-12, 4.93 ERA) on the hill. Norris missed his last scheduled start due to a blister on his right hand. He last pitched on Sept. 8, surrendering five runs on six hits in a 5-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Cardinals currently sit a full two games ahead of the Dodgers in the National League Wild Card standings and 2½ games atop the surging Milwaukee Brewers.
St. Louis shut the Astros out on Wednesday night, 5-0, behind a strong outing from Lance Lynn, who won his sixteenth game of the season.
First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest.
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