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Cards take 13-inning affair
Cardinals 4, Astros 3
Albert Pujols approaches home plate after his 13th-inning walk-off homer. (Scott Rovak/Cardinals)
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Albert Pujols rescued the Redbirds with a dramatic 13th-inning home run to take the series opener. Einar Diaz's homer gave St. Louis the lead in the eighth, but the Astros rallied off Jason Isringhausen. Reggie Sanders left the game after a collision in the first.
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Cardinals Coverage
• Cardinals notes: Sanders exits early
 
Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 15, 2005
HOU
Houston (44-44)
Lost 1
St. Louis 4, Houston 3   STL
St. Louis (57-32)
Won 2
July 15, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   3 12 0
St. Louis
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2   4 8 0
Standings through 7/15/05  |  Gameday  |  Astros Stats  |  Cardinals Stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF6030101.300
Biggio, 2B5000203.283
Berkman, 1B4000115.289
Wheeler, P0000000.000
Lidge, P0000000.000
c-Bruntlett, PH1000000.182
Springer, P0000000.000
Harville, P0000000.000
Ensberg, 3B5020100.291
Lane, RF6010013.232
Everett, SS4010014.249
d-Vizcaino, PH-SS1000010.227
Burke, LF3110003.231
a-Palmeiro, PH-LF2210101.307
Ausmus, C3020100.247
Pettitte, P3000013.071
Qualls, P0000000.000
Gallo, P0000000.000
b-Lamb, PH-1B2012001.218
Totals4531227524 

a-Doubled for Burke in the 9th. b-Hit a sacrifice fly for Gallo in the 9th. c-Flied out for Lidge in the 12th. d-Struck out for Everett in the 13th.

BATTING
2B: Ensberg (20, Mulder), Palmeiro (9, Isringhausen).
TB: Taveras 3; Ensberg 3; Lane; Everett; Burke; Palmeiro 2; Ausmus 2; Lamb.
RBI: Lamb 2 (27).
2-out RBI: Lamb.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lane; Berkman 3; Everett; Biggio.
S: Ausmus 2.
SF: Lamb.
GIDP: Burke; Taveras; Lamb.
Team LOB: 14.

BASERUNNING
SB: Taveras (23, 2nd base off Isringhausen/Diaz).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Biggio-Everett-Berkman, Ausmus-Ensberg, Everett-Berkman-Ausmus-Ensberg).

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS3100311.282
Edmonds, CF6010022.270
Pujols, 1B5112102.335
Sanders, LF0000000.281
Walker, RF4010104.269
Rolen, 3B5000022.244
Grudzielanek, 2B5131011.283
Taguchi, RF-LF5000023.269
Diaz, C5121000.239
Mulder, P1000100.114
a-Mabry, PH1000000.274
Isringhausen, P0000000.000
b-Nunez, PH1000012.293
Tavarez, P0000000.000
Reyes, Al, P1000010.000
King, P0000000.000
Thompson, P0000000.000
Totals4248461017 

a-Flied out for Mulder in the 8th. b-Struck out for Isringhausen in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Edmonds (21, Pettitte).
HR: Grudzielanek (5, 2nd inning off Pettitte, 0 on, 1 out), Diaz (1, 8th inning off Qualls, 0 on, 0 out), Pujols (23, 13th inning off Harville, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Edmonds 2; Pujols 4; Walker; Grudzielanek 6; Diaz 5.
RBI: Grudzielanek (30), Diaz (12), Pujols 2 (71).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walker; Nunez 2.
GIDP: Eckstein.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Walker (1, 3rd base by Pettitte/Ausmus).

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Pujols, Rolen-Grudzielanek-Pujols, Grudzielanek-Pujols).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Pettitte 7.04113312.98
Qualls 0.21112014.04
Gallo 0.10000004.91
Wheeler 2.02000301.56
Lidge 1.00000202.37
Springer 1.10111205.51
Harville (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)0.01110016.65
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mulder 8.08113304.13
Isringhausen (BS, 3)1.02111102.01
Tavarez 2.00002002.18
Reyes, Al 1.20111102.21
King 0.02000002.52
Thompson (W, 1-0)0.10000002.62

King pitched to 2 batters in the 13th.

WP: Mulder.
HBP: Everett (by Tavarez).
Pitches-strikes: Pettitte 88-53, Qualls 17-8, Gallo 5-4, Wheeler 34-21, Lidge 11-7, Springer 28-16, Harville 7-4, Mulder 112-67, Isringhausen 17-10, Tavarez 34-15, Reyes, Al 26-17, King 10-8, Thompson 5-4.
Ground outs-fly outs: Pettitte 10-7, Qualls 0-2, Gallo 0-1, Wheeler 0-3, Lidge 0-1, Springer 1-1, Harville 0-0, Mulder 16-5, Isringhausen 1-1, Tavarez 5-1, Reyes, Al 2-2, King 0-0, Thompson 1-0.
Batters faced: Pettitte 25, Qualls 5, Gallo 1, Wheeler 8, Lidge 3, Springer 5, Harville 1, Mulder 33, Isringhausen 6, Tavarez 8, Reyes, Al 6, King 2, Thompson 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Gallo 2-0, Harville 1-1, King 1-1, Thompson 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Chuck Meriwether. 1B: Tim McClelland. 2B: Mike Everitt. 3B: Tim Timmons.
Weather: 83 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, L to R.
T: 4:23.
Att: 48,420.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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