Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jose Altuve blasted a three-run homer in the
second inning and the Houston Astros held on to best the St. Louis Cardinals,
5-4, in the opener of a three-game weekend set Friday.
Altuve had two hits and scored twice as the Astros won a season-high fourth
game in a row.
Lucas Harrell (2-2) picked up the win in his first ever start against the
Cardinals, tossing 5 1/3 innings while scattering seven hits and allowing four
runs -- three earned -- with three strikeouts.
Brett Myers converted his seventh save in as many opportunities, erasing a
Rafael Furcal single on a double play and striking out Matt Holliday to face
the minimum in the ninth.
Kyle Lohse (4-1) was charged with his first loss of the year, after being
touched for five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits over five frames.
Holliday had two hits, including a triple, scored a run and batted in another
as St. Louis dropped its second straight.
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