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Cardinals Vs. Astros Score Update: St. Louis Leads 3-2 After 4 Innings

The St. Louis Cardinals are leading 3-2 over the Houston Astros through four innings on Thursday night as Lance Lynn looks for his ninth win of the season. Coming off his shortest outing of the year, Lynn has looked better in Minute Maid Park on Thursday.

Through four innings, Lynn has allowed two runs on four hits, but he's also struck out seven of the 12 batters that he's retired. After allowing a solo home run to Jed Lowrie in the first inning and an RBI double to Chris Johnson in the second, Lynn has sent seven straight batters back to the dugout.

After trailing 2-0 early, the Cardinals' offense came to life in the third inning with a string of hits. Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig and Rafael Furcal each contributed one RBI apiece in the three-run third frame that allowed St. Louis to take the advantage.

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