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One tough inning
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Cardinals 5, Astros 1
Brandon Backe (right) needed 83 pitches to get through five innings. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Astros starter Brandon Backe held the Cardinals scoreless for the first four innings of the series finale before giving up four runs in the fifth, including a two-run home run by St. Louis third baseman Troy Glaus.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (12-14)
Lost 2
St. Louis 5, Houston 1   STL
St. Louis (16-10)
Won 2
April 27, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 4 0
St. Louis
0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 X   5 7 0
Standings thru 4/27/08  |  Recap: HOU | STL  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Cardinals stats
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matsui, 2B4000011.282
Bourn, CF4000001.195
Tejada, SS4010000.340
Berkman, 1B4110012.322
Lee, LF3000011.260
Pence, RF2000101.253
Loretta, 3B3011011.227
Towles, C3000011.200
Backe, P2010000.200
  Villarreal, P0000000.000
  Moehler, P0000000.000
  a-Erstad, PH1000000.293
  Borkowski, P0000000.000
Totals30141158 

a-Grounded out for Moehler in the 8th.

BATTING
TB: Tejada; Berkman; Loretta; Backe.
RBI: Loretta (7).
2-out RBI: Loretta.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Towles; Berkman.
Team LOB: 3.

 
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Schumaker, LF4000011.297
Ankiel, CF2100200.241
Pujols, 1B2211200.376
Ludwick, RF4112013.323
Glaus, 3B4112010.258
Miles, 2B4020010.278
Molina, C3010101.280
Lohse, P1000010.167
  a-Kennedy, PH1000000.302
  McClellan, P0000000.000
Ryan, SS4010003.333
Totals29575558 

a-Grounded out for Lohse in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Ludwick (6, Backe).
HR: Glaus (1, 5th inning off Backe, 1 on, 1 out), Pujols (5, 7th inning off Moehler, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Pujols 4; Ludwick 2; Glaus 4; Miles 2; Molina; Ryan.
RBI: Ludwick 2 (14), Glaus 2 (17), Pujols (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ludwick 2; Ryan 3.
S: Lohse; McClellan.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: (Miles-Pujols).

 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (L, 1-3)5.05445414.65
Villarreal 1.00000005.40
Moehler 1.01110117.04
Borkowski 1.01000003.38
 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lohse (W, 3-0)6.04111302.36
McClellan (S, 1)3.00000201.84

Pitches-strikes: Backe 83-48, Villarreal 10-7, Moehler 13-9, Borkowski 10-7, Lohse 102-61, McClellan 32-23.
Ground outs-fly outs: Backe 4-7, Villarreal 2-1, Moehler 1-1, Borkowski 1-2, Lohse 6-8, McClellan 2-5.
Batters faced: Backe 25, Villarreal 3, Moehler 4, Borkowski 4, Lohse 22, McClellan 9.
Umpires: HP: Jim Joyce. 1B: Jeff Nelson. 2B: Adrian Johnson. 3B: Tim Tschida.
Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
T: 2:27.
Att: 44,222.

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