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Box > St. Louis 7, Houston 3
Cards deal Astros loss in opener
The Cardinals' offense came to life early in Wednesday's opener. Jim Edmonds three-run shot in the first inning gave starter Chris Carpenter all the support he would need. Carpenter, who missed all of the 2004 postseason, limited the Astros to one run on four hits in seven innings in his second career Opening Day start. Reggie Sanders and Larry Walker also homered, while Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen contributed to the win with two hits each.
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Reggie Sanders celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against Roy Oswalt. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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A sellout crowd of 43,567 turned out for Tuesday's season opener at Minute Maid Park. Craig Biggio went 3-for-4, including a two-run double in the eighth, and rookie Willy Taveras went 2-for-4, but it wasn't enough to rally the Astros back from an early deficit, despite loading the bases in the ninth. Roy Oswalt took the loss in his second Opening Day start, giving up six runs on seven hits in six innings. Houston got scoreless relief outings from Chad Harville and Dan Wheeler to keep the Astros within striking distance.
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St. Louis (1-0)
Won 1
St. Louis 7, Houston 3   HOU
Houston (0-1)
Lost 1
April 5, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0   7 11 0
Houston
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0   3 7 0
Standings through 4/5/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Astros Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS5010010.200
Walker, RF5231001.600
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
Pujols, 1B5120002.400
Rolen, 3B5220014.400
Edmonds, CF2114100.500
Grudzielanek, 2B4010011.250
Sanders, LF3112102.333
Tavarez, P0000000.000
King, P0000000.000
Mabry, RF0000000.000
Molina, C4000003.000
Carpenter, P3000000.000
Reyes, P0000000.000
Taguchi, LF1000000.000
Totals3771172313 

BATTING
2B: Rolen (1, Oswalt).
HR: Edmonds (1, 1st inning off Oswalt, 2 on, 2 out), Sanders (1, 6th inning off Oswalt, 1 on, 2 out), Walker (1, 7th inning off Springer, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Eckstein; Walker 6; Pujols 2; Rolen 3; Edmonds 4; Grudzielanek; Sanders 4.
RBI: Edmonds 4 (4), Sanders 2 (2), Walker (1).
2-out RBI: Edmonds 3; Sanders 2; Walker.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina; Rolen.
SF: Edmonds.
GIDP: Rolen.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
DP: (Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Pujols).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everett, SS4100104.000
Biggio, 2B4033000.750
Bagwell, 1B3000112.000
Ensberg, 3B4000012.000
Scott, LF3000010.000
b-Burke, PH1000000.000
Lane, RF4010000.250
Ausmus, C3000101.000
Taveras, CF4120000.500
Oswalt, P1000000.000
Springer, P0000000.000
Harville, P0000000.000
a-Palmeiro, PH11100001.000
Wheeler, P0000000.000
c-Vizcaino, PH0000100.000
Totals32373439 

a-Doubled for Harville in the 8th. b-Popped out for Scott in the 9th. c-Walked for Wheeler in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Lane (1, Carpenter), Palmeiro (1, Reyes), Biggio (1, Reyes), Taveras (1, King).
TB: Biggio 4; Lane 2; Taveras 3; Palmeiro 2.
RBI: Biggio 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Biggio 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ausmus; Ensberg; Everett 2.
S: Oswalt.
GIDP: Bagwell.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Biggio (1, 3rd base off Tavarez/Molina).

FIELDING
DP: (Everett-Biggio-Bagwell).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter (W, 1-0)7.04110201.29
Reyes 0.222210027.00
Tavarez 0.10001100.00
King 0.21001000.00
Isringhausen (S, 1)0.10001000.00
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Oswalt (L, 0-1)6.07661229.00
Springer 1.01110019.00
Harville 1.01001000.00
Wheeler 1.02000100.00

Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 97-63, Reyes 21-11, Tavarez 11-4, King 12-5, Isringhausen 6-2, Oswalt 106-67, Springer 14-8, Harville 13-7, Wheeler 15-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 14-5, Reyes 1-1, Tavarez 0-0, King 1-1, Isringhausen 1-0, Oswalt 8-8, Springer 3-0, Harville 1-2, Wheeler 2-0.
Batters faced: Carpenter 24, Reyes 5, Tavarez 2, King 4, Isringhausen 2, Oswalt 26, Springer 4, Harville 5, Wheeler 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Tavarez 1-0, Isringhausen 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: Jerry Layne. 2B: Paul Emmel. 3B: Tony Randazzo.
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:44.
Att: 43,567.

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