Jul 10, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter (13) forces out Houston Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez (30) but can not complete the double play during the fourth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Houston 5-4. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals rally, defeat Houston Astros with 5-4 victory


Shelby Miller did not bring his best stuff last night as the St. Louis Cardinals had to come from behind to win the game with a 5-4 victory.


Miller pitched 5 innings last night. He allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, walked 5, and struck out 5. He now has a 2.92 ERA heading into the All-Star break. A victory for Miller last night would have placed him in good company with Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright for double-digit wins.

Seth Maness pitched the sixth and seventh innings to get the win for the Cardinals. He allowed 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out 3 batters.

Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth inning, where he allowed 2 hits, and struck out 2 batters.

Edward Mujica pitched the ninth inning and picked up his 25th save of the season. The Cardinals closer allowed 1 hit and struck out 1 batter.

In the second inning, Matt Adams drove home Allen Craig with a single.

In the fifth inning, Matt Holliday had a 2-run single that scored both Tony Cruz and Shane Robinson.

In the seventh inning, Matt Carpenter hit a home run to right field that also scored Tony Cruz.

Following last night’s game, the Cardinals decided to make a roster move. Right-handed pitcher Carlos Martinez has been recalled from the Memphis Redbirds. Right-handed pitcher Michael Blazek was sent down to Memphis.

This is the second time up for Martinez after making seven relief appearances (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 8.0 IP, 9 SO) back in May. Prior to being called up, Martinez had been optioned to Memphis on May 27th, where he went 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA over 8 starts. In 41 innings, he walked 16, and struck out 35 batters. He was honored in the month of June as the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

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