Pujols Finishes Comeback Against Astros
In the top of the fourth inning, Edmonds scorched a double to left-center that sent Scott Rolen from first to home. Edmonds scored later in the inning on Gary Bennett's RBI-single to make it 4-1.
The Astros came back in the fifth inning with Craig Biggio's three-run home run off of Anthony Reyes to tie the score at four. Reyes would leave at the conclusion of the inning after allowing four runs on five hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Roger Clemens pitched six for the Astros, giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits and struck out three.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the seventh, when Lance Berkman's bases-loaded single scored Willy Taveras and Biggio, putting Houston on top 6-4.
The Astros sent Brad Lidge out to shut the door in the ninth, but even the closed retractable roof at Minute Maid Park could not prevent the wind from keeping it open. Scott Spiezio's solo home run and Aaron Miles' two-out RBI-single gave the Cardinals new life, tying the score at 6. It was Lidge's fourth blown save in 25 opportunities.
Pujols' game-winning blast was his 29th on the season. It came off Roy Oswalt, an Astros starter making a rare relief appearance with the All-Star break approaching. Jason Isringhausen pitched two perfect innings in the 9th and 10th to pick up his third victory.
The Cardinals go for the series win on Sunday in a classic pitching match-up. Chris Carpenter toes the rubber for the Cards, while Houston sends out Andy Pettitte.