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Comeback short-lived
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Astros 5, Cardinals 3
Rick Ankiel breaks his bat in the first frame on Monday. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Rallying for three runs to tie the game in the ninth off Jose Valverde -- capped by Ryan Ludwick's two-run double -- the Cards were poised for a thrilling comeback. But Ryan McClellan yielded a walk-off homer to Miguel Tejada in the bottom of the frame.
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Series at a glance:
STL
St. Louis (5-2)
Lost 1
Houston 5, St. Louis 3   HOU
Houston (3-5)
Won 1
April 7, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3   3 6 0
Houston
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2   5 9 0
Standings thru 4/7/08  |  Recap: HOU  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals stats  |  Astros stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Izturis, SS3100100.211
Ankiel, CF4000022.296
Pujols, 1B4010002.333
Glaus, 3B4121001.240
Ludwick, RF4012031.304
Duncan, LF3000110.143
  McClellan, P0000000.000
Molina, C4010002.318
Wellemeyer, P2000010.000
  a-Barton, PH0000000.455
  b-Schumaker, PH1000001.000
  Jimenez, K, P0000000.000
  Washington, LF0000000.333
Miles, 2B3110000.333
Totals32363279 

a-Batted for Wellemeyer in the 8th. b-Grounded into a double play for Barton in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Glaus (3, Rodriguez), Ludwick (3, Valverde).
TB: Pujols; Glaus 3; Ludwick 2; Molina; Miles.
RBI: Glaus (3), Ludwick 2 (5).
2-out RBI: Glaus; Ludwick 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ludwick; Molina.
GIDP: Schumaker.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Glaus-Izturis-Pujols, Glaus-Miles-Pujols).
Pickoffs: Molina (Berkman at 1st base).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Bourn, CF4020010.250
Pence, RF4000032.171
Berkman, 1B3111101.240
Lee, LF4121011.303
  1-Erstad, PR0100000.333
Tejada, SS4122010.267
Blum, 3B3010011.308
Loretta, 2B3000002.190
Towles, C2111101.222
Rodriguez, P2000001.000
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  a-Cruz, PH1000000.167
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Totals30595279 

a-Grounded out for Brocail in the 8th.
1-Ran for Lee in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Berkman (2, 7th inning off Wellemeyer, 0 on, 0 out), Lee (3, 7th inning off Wellemeyer, 0 on, 0 out), Towles (2, 8th inning off Jimenez, K, 0 on, 0 out), Tejada (2, 9th inning off McClellan, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Bourn 2; Berkman 4; Lee 5; Tejada 5; Blum; Towles 4.
RBI: Berkman (4), Lee (4), Towles (4), Tejada 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee.
GIDP: Rodriguez; Loretta.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn 2 (6, 2nd base off Jimenez, K/Molina, 2nd base off Wellemeyer/Molina).
PO: Berkman (1st base by Molina).

FIELDING
DP: (Tejada-Berkman).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wellemeyer 7.05221722.25
Jimenez, K 1.02111019.00
McClellan (L, 0-1)0.02220016.75
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rodriguez 7.13000602.92
Brocail (H, 2)0.20000002.45
Valverde (BS, 1)(W, 2-0)1.033321011.25

McClellan pitched to 2 batters in the 9th.

IBB: Duncan (by Valverde).
Pitches-strikes: Wellemeyer 87-60, Jimenez, K 16-9, McClellan 3-2, Rodriguez 91-65, Brocail 5-5, Valverde 25-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wellemeyer 11-3, Jimenez, K 1-1, McClellan 0-0, Rodriguez 8-8, Brocail 2-0, Valverde 1-1.
Batters faced: Wellemeyer 25, Jimenez, K 5, McClellan 2, Rodriguez 25, Brocail 1, Valverde 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Brocail 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ed Hickox. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:13.
Att: 43,483.

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